Artist Interview: Eric IsseléePosted: November 18, 2011
Every month we feature one of our illustrators or photographers. This month we talk to Belgium’s Eric Isselée. He travels the world, searching for interesting animals, mainly photographing his subjects against a white background— which brings their charming and unique personalities front and center. From dog and cat, to fish and fowl, from simple farm animals to exotic-looking insects, if you’re looking for amazing animal photography, you must check out his collection.
How did you get started in photography?
EI: My father is also a photographer. He specialized in aerial photography. That’s where I started – as his apprentice.
Who or what inspires your work?
EI: When I’m on a photo shoot, the animals always inspire me, but so do the people who surround them. We usually start off with a certain idea, but this can vary according to the animal’s behaviour, the suggestions from the other people (at the shoot) or just the feeling one has at that moment. When dealing with artistic work, nothing is ever certain.
What are your favourite images from your collection?
EI: I would hesitate between the series I produced on baby birds who have just hatched from their eggs and the photos of insects on leaves and grass which reflect life under our feet.
Describe your style. What do you try to capture in your images?
EI: I try to obtain images which are simple visually. The animal must be beautiful, proud and must reach out directly to the spectator. He is photographed in different positions and at different angles, either alone or interacting with other animals.
If you had to pick just one camera to work with from now on, what would it be?
EI: A digital camera such as Hasselblad or Mamiya; in other words, a camera which can obtain images that reach 50 million pixels!
If you won the lottery, what’s the one place or person you would run away to photograph?
EI: An autoportait in the North Pole on an ice-breaker next to an iceberg, with my family.
What do you do when you’re not shooting?
EI: Shooting again… No, I am just joking! I am constantly thinking about the selection of new photos, retouching, the next photo opportunity. So, actually, I was not really joking!
What one tip would you share with someone who’s just starting out in the stock industry?
EI: You have to have a particularly attentive eye, have your own style and your own vision, and find the right “language” to transmit all of that.
Do you have a favourite artist/photographer at Crestock?
EI: I particularly admire the fairytale landscapes by Sandralise.
Do you have a website, blog or other personal links you’d like to share?