Photography has saved me, my life.
39 yrs old. Lives in Paris, France. Began working at age 16, and since the age of 19 has worked as a salesman in different places. Currently works 6 days a week, which leaves him with “not enough time” to practice his passion.
Leica M9 and Canon 5D M2 (for tele work with the 135/2 L). He views his gear as “like a little treasure”.
“My Family is my Heart.”
Has a twin brother.
It is my great honour today to feature an exceptional photographer, Hugues, known online by his artistic name, hughf.
I met Hugues almost two years ago, when he contacted me to request advice about Leica gear. Little did I know that the polite and humble person with whom I was communicating possessed a sensitive and powerful photographic vision that would later leave me in awe.
Hugues has that rare ability to see in the most profound sense, and his imagery is imbued with passion and intelligence. If you’ve never seen his photographs before, you’re in for a real treat.
What follows, therefore, are the truly inspirational images, and the brutally honest words, of hughf.
Words and text, courtesy of hughf.
My life has been very confused, and I have done a lot of mistakes during this long period…
I have tried to have a “classic life”, with a good Job and a Person to Love when I was 23.
…But this history has been for me like a “nightmare”
And ever since, I live alone. It is my own choice.
With too much of Work and Alcohol, and I have lived like a “Wolf”…
A bit like my father in fact…
Well sorry to tell you all this, but it has a true importance for the rest, in fact…because Photography has saved me, my life.
Today I really want to have a life with a nice perspective…
With a better health (mental and physical), and the fact to think and practice this passion is better than anything else… When I shoot, I walk a lot and my mind is very aware (I have positive things in my mind )…
… and finally, to make this, it is if I do some sport and have something which [makes me] passionate. I think that it is so important to [find] a way and a passion to become better…
… I don’t have a particular style… But I really like to have my pictures very clean and clear… I think that I am very direct and frontal and I like to have the minimum Things or Person in my compositions….I like moody pictures and B&W of course, and it is for this I compose and frame my shots for giving some shapes and structures…. Nothing very new !!!
But the difference now, is I don’t shoot for shooting…. And more important again, I present only a few pictures that I truly like, technically and “artistically” speaking… For me, what you show and propose to others is like a bit of your soul.
A last thing about my motivation on the Photography: Finally, even if I am a little “wolf”… I am very glad to share my passion and pictures with some Person which are important and very interesting to me…
Speaking with someone about things and passion which are interesting for both is I think the Key of the Life …