Photography liberated from human thought

When I started photography, I slowly started to feel the need to develop a personal vision going beyond aesthetics, correct exposures, compositional techniques, and so on. But why? The key is in these two words: personal vision. As an artist, I have to have my photography—one infused with my inner being—and not end up being just a guy who learned how to use a camera. Without a personal vision, how could I know what I’m trying to do or where I’m trying to go artistically? 

It took me a long time, lots of struggles and torments to realize a vision that would be both personal and singular. Photography liberated from human thoughts, is what finally emerged from my soul. Thoughts, for me, are only a nuisance when I have my camera in my hands. They harm my focus and prevent me from being fully in the zone (a state where one is completely focused). They distract me and prison my creativity. They build a fence between my spontaneous sincerity and my shutter button. 

So, I’m trying to pursue a photography liberated from human thought by following the three principles below.

Photography is a breath

Freed from the noise of my thoughts, I can abandon myself to photography. Photography is a breath is one of my guiding principles and it means that I should live photography in the moment when I raise my camera and press the shutter button. I don’t edit or correct my shots afterward. So, all my photographs are straight out of my camera taken and finalized in the moment, when my body and soul are immersed in the atmosphere of the place.

Personal expression over rules 

Photographic rules are important but should any external laws be absolute when it comes to artistic expression? I believe my personal expression shouldn’t be a prisoner of rules dictated by other people when it comes to my photography. I let my heart and eyes, in tandem, decide what should I capture and how. 

Focus on forms first, not on functions

I noticed once during a walk in Paris, that I had a form of detachment from the world. It took me some time to realize that this detachment came from the way I look at the world: focusing on its essence (forms) rather than on its appearances (functions). 

Our societies are plagued by bias regarding individuals’ social and professional situations. Thinking about the functions of subjects—no matter if they are humans or not—is another form of nuisance for me and a useless bias. I prefer to concentrate on forms and their interactions with lights instead of putting first their functions.