From a young age, the taste for adventure has always pushed him to search for places where nature is queen, pure and virgin, where the colors of the earth are never the same, where men have a history, where encounters forge the spirit. At 12 years old when he started photography, Florian was far from imagining that he would find his engine of life there. Self-taught, he developed this passion until he acquired enough experience to become a photographer reporter in the National Navy French. At the same time, he began his own personal photography projects by working on reports in Greenland. There is no doubt that the beauty of nature, the search for isolated and wild places in the Arctic, led him to photography. Later, a new project brought him closer to arctic wildlife. So he definitely knew that he wanted to devote his skills and work to the wild arctic nature and animal life, and to spend more time around the different species. Today my commitment to creating new and meaningful images is also recognized by conservation organizations such as the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
ZOOM ON A PHOTOGRAPHER - INTERVIEW FLORIAN LEDOUX
ArtPhotoLimited: Since when did you know that a photographer was your favorite job? Florian Ledoux: I started photography at the age of 13. Little by little, my projects came to fruition: I became an image reporter in the French Navy at the age of 24. At the same time, I want to become independent in the Arctic regions. So, 4 years later I became a freelance photographer. - Where do you get your photographic inspiration? At first, it was landscape photography that fascinated me: it pushed me to search for those places where the earth is still virgin. Then over time I turned to action: capturing a look, a smile, etc. So I started human photography. Then I realized that animal photography really made me vibrate, so I focused on that. Today, I am very inspired by photographer Paul Nicklen. - What do you think makes you a good photographer? I travel to places isolated from the rest of the world to search for incredible places and animals: I don't take the photo, I create it. I spend a lot of time studying my subject to master it. For a report like the Inuit culture of Greenland, for example, I devoted five years. The photographer integrates and immerses himself in the place where he goes.
- You go on an expedition regularly, (the last one being this summer) can you tell us more? My team and I traveled to Canada and Greenland where we embarked on an expedition to report on wildlife in Nunavut and the Arctic. We took drone shots. The expedition was also aimed at a recognition of the places which will lead to the creation of photographic tours aboard sailing ships in the years to come. This summer's report lasted 2 months with more than 6,000 km traveled and more than 15,000 photos taken. Any expedition to the Arctic involves more risk than a simple trip. My reports are in no way sporting or extreme exploits. However, I keep in good physical condition in order to be comfortable when I have to climb a mountain for example. There is always a risk because we operate in a hostile environment, far from all civilizations, where only time and ice are masters.
- You shoot using a drone, do you have any difficulties doing so? Every drone flight in the Arctic is a risk. Drones encounter a lot of interference, software problems related to cold, magnetism and compass problems. This is also my fourth drone ... The drone now allows you to work in manual setting and in Raw format. But difficult flight conditions, framing, and shooting parameters remain complicated factors to control.
- Why should our clients choose your photographs? I try to convey with strength and emotions what I felt when shooting animals like the polar bear for example. Also, with a good number of aerial photos I try to bring a new perspective on the arctic world. I have also been published in magazines like National Geographic. It makes my work even more valuable.
1st Animal Prize at the Drone Awards 2019 Drone Photographer of the Year 2018 SIPA Grand Prix Drone photography 2017 1st Prize Drone Video Animals 2018 1st Prize Arctic Landscape 2018 3rd Prize Wildlife The Nature Conservancy 2018 3rd Prize Arctic Wildlife 2018 3rd Prize Drone Photography 2017 Mention d ' honor at Nature's Best Photography 2018 Honorable mention at Memorial Maria Liusa 2018 Publications: - Paris Match 2019 - Geo Magazine September 2018/2019 - Figaro December 2018 - Time US 2018 - National Geographic January 2018 - Wildlife Photographic Mag - Phototech Magazine cover - Oceanographic UK - Daily news, Telegraph, The Sun
- Museum of the Disign Red Dot Singapore - Museum of Natural History of Washington (Smithsonian) 2018 - California Academy of Sciences 2018 - Exhibition Montier en Der International Animal Festival November 2018 - Exhibition Festival international nature de Namur Nature Avès September 2018 - Exhibitions Inuit culture in Chantilly, Rethel, Chateaugiron, Monfort sur Meu, Les Adrets. - Greenland exhibition at the Grand Nord Grand Large Paris center agency. - Photo exhibition at COP22 National Geographic (climate change). - Exhibition at the India Photography Festival (photo awarded by National Geographic).