Shannon Naudé is a photographer based-in Paris. He discovered his passion for photography since he was 7 or 8 when his grandmother gave him an old camera. Now he shoots mostly with a Pentax 6x7 and a Olympus mju II. He decided to devote himself to this passion after various courses in audio-visual studies. And after one year in Dubai, he decided to come back to Paris to work in advertising and he continue photography as a spare time activity.
We asked Shannon a few questions to know more about him and his work on film photography.
Hi Shannon, can you introduce yourself?
Hi! I'm 25, now working in advertising in Paris. Brought up in artistic environment by my mother, who works in fashion.
How did you get into photography?
My grandmother gave me the first camera when I was 7 or 8 years old, a simple Kodak flash. I remember I spent all day with my dog and I used to take picture of him in the park next to my apartment in Paris. I didn't find those pictures back and I'm sure they were very bad but I can remember this feeling I had to be like in an adventure since then I always have this excitement when I'm behind my camera.
I use film because with a digital I will take too many pictures. It helps me to focus every time I press The trigger and I like the fact to wait to developed my picture before I can see them. It's like Christmas every time , You never know until you open your present.
What equipment do you use? Do you have a favorite one?
I use a Olympus mju II, a Pentax 6x7 and I'm about to buy a Contax T2. I don't realy have a favorite camera, it depends on my subjects.
Who are your favorite photographers?
Jeanloup Sieff is the first one I really get a crush on. I also love Paolo Roversi, André Kertesz, Ryan McKinley... I don't really have a type of photographer as long as they tell good stories with their pictures. I've just discovered a young Serbian photographer Marija Strajnic and I think she is very talented.
Your photograph mainly girls, why?
Because they are beautiful! Don't you think so?
Do you have any ongoing/future projects?
Right now I am writing my first short movie.
Shannon, thank you for the interview!