Jean-Francois Carly is a Belgian born photographer whose passion for photography started when he was given his first camera at the age of five. It was a simple point and shoot affair sparking a curiosity and desire that resulted in an ever growing collection of photographs around fashion and portraiture. In his late teens he discovered the work of Diane Arbus, Joel Peter Witkin, Disfarmer and Avedon, describing their images as beautiful and challenging. That was when he realized the potential to create extraordinary representations of beauty and imagination within the realms of fashion photography. His photo series “Snake” is one of his personal projects, which can be described as romantic and surreal, holding a certain subtle elegance and vaporous darkness. To find out more about Jean-Francois Carly check the interview below and visit his website www.jfcarly.com.
Are there any personalities that have contributed to your successful career path?
Richard Avedon, Mary Ellen Mark, Bruce Webber, Disfarmer for giving me the passion of Photography
How did your photographic career start?
I started 16 years ago, I always had a passion for Photography but it blossomed when I discovered the work of Photographer Dominique Issermann.
What was your favourite project and why?
The snake project because it pushed people to go beyond their limits.
How do you define creativity?
Looking at the world differently, everyone has it.
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
Try it, do it, don’t give up
Do you have a favourite quote that describes what you truly believe in?
Tomorrow is another day, tomorrow is a better picture
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as a photographer?
Constantly finding new ideas.
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
Every age has its own pleasure
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion for photography?