Bronze is a photo series created by French photographer Lionel Arnaudie, who is fascinated by the radiant power and grandness of bronze sculptures. Inspired by its great aesthetic qualities, a slightly grainy texture and warm tones close to sepia, his portraits involve real humans who have been painted in the immortalizing colour. For more of his work, visit his website www.lionelarnaudie.com.
Whom do you look up to?
Nothing or nobody inspires me particularly. Yet, I think I absorb a lot of little things everyday that might unconsciously inspire my work. Inspiration is the chemical reaction of this absorption. But now that I think of it, I have been very inspired by stone and bronze scupltures recently.
How did your photographic career start?
I have always been interested in visual arts. And I have been drawing and clay modelling ever since I was a child. But photography brings me something more. Thanks to image editing softwares, photography offers an infinity of creative possibilities. That’s why I entered a photography school.
Quotes and Wisdoms
Do you have a favourite quote that describes what you truly believe in?
There is this quote from “Familiar Studies of Men and Books” by Robert Louis Stevenson: “To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”
How do you define creativity?
Creativity is an excess of emotions.
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
I cannot give any advice really, because creativity is more something you have deep inside than something you try to find.
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion for photography?
Nothing could make me give up photography. I need to create. It is a part of me that I cannot control.