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Interview of Wilfried Haillot

Could you introduce yourself a little, talk a bit about your background?

My name is Wilfried Haillot, I am 44 years old. I live in Troyes, the city where I was born.
My job has nothing to do with photography I practice only during my free time but it has become a need, an addiction.

When, how and why did you begin to make photography?

My father gave me my first camera a Pentax ME, I must have been about 20 years.
I started with some photos of my friends and my family. And since then, every day, light, composition, atmosphere fascinate me.

What do you like in this form of expression?

Photography is for me a chance to capture light, atmosphere and sensuality.

What are the themes that you like to photograph?

I love portraits, sensual photography, mysterious and intimate. It is on these themes that I'm trying to evolve and to assert my own style.

What are you looking to share through your photography?

I focus mainly on two aspects: light and sensual atmospheres.

What is your idea of sensuality?

Over time, I realized that I had a preference for details. I do not have rule but I like to photograph what catches my attention. I love women's legs but what interests me is how the light will sublimate this or that part of the body.

What photographers fascinate and / or inspire you?

Many photographers and images fascinate me but I forget them and yet I think subconsciously that guides me during shooting.
I quote Helmut Newton, Diane Arbus, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jeanloup Sieff, Sarah Moon, Ellen von Unwerth, and many others of course.

How do you prepare a session of shooting?

I am a perfectionist and methodical.
I work upstream. And at the time of shoot, I’m doing it very fast, everything is already prepared. I know what I want so I run after.
Then it is the light management and still its effect on the body and forms.

What (s) camera (s) do you use ?

Primarily a Polaroid 600SE and Polaroid SX70, but also a medium format with KIEV 60 and more and more rarely a Canon 5D for digital.

What (s) techniques do you prefer?

I discovered the instant film, there is a decade and for the moment I never tire of artistic techniques offered by Polaroid.

How and why did your photography changed?

Many areas interested me in photography. During the early years, I explored them, while refining my understanding of light, framings.
I push my forbidden constantly and I think continually of photographs that I could do.

What brings you the internet media?

Like many artists, this is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness and also to discover the work of others.

What do you expect from a website like Sensual Photography?

Beautiful pictures and why not a collective exhibition project?

What are your plans?

I would try the large format and learn other photographic processes such as wet collodion.

What would you add?

You keep me a place for SP #3? :)

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