Paul Richard Thomas - The Fashion World Reinvents Itself Constantly Those Cycles Break the Monotony Of Our Sightseeing Given To Our Eyes (Photographer From France)

 
Paul Richard Thomas

I always had a passion for graphic arts, drawings, paintings, sculpture, photography came as an extension to those tools, allowing us to share our thoughts, our feelings.
 
Tell us about your background and your journey.
 
I had started my career as a photographer in the field of press photography, traveling around the world with my camera to capture the architecture of the modern world, contrasting with the archeological beauties of the past. Along those trips, I was always shooting people in their context, which pushed me also to pay tribute to the female aesthetic through numerous portraits.
 
Then, the love of harmony and beauty, and the experience I had previously as a drawer (Storyboard), naturally drove me to fashion photography. I was first very suspicious about the ethical aspect of Fashion, it seemed to me as an extremely superficial and meaningless part of our life, mostly driven by vanity, materialistic matters, and greed. What to think about those cycles of fashion that everybody follows to be "in", dressing in a uniform.
 
But the more involved I was in the industry, the more I understood a totally different aspect and purpose of fashion in our societies. As the fashion world reinvents itself constantly (even though there is often some repetition and re-usage of vintage trends), those cycles break the monotony of our sightseeing, given to our eyes, periods and seasons with new shapes, new colors, new attitudes, that bring diversity and energy in time life, and initiates creativity, not only in art but also in our everyday way of living.

How and when did you realize your passion for photography?
 
I always had a passion for graphic arts, drawings, paintings, sculpture, photography came as an extension to those tools, allowing us to share our thoughts, our feelings; a tool may be more interactive, more engaging for the subject of the photograph, which becomes, in one click, part of the creation. 

How would you describe your photographic style?
 
Graphic but sensual, conceptual but organic, controversial but peaceful.

What are some tips you could share with amateur photographers?
 
Stay away from the camera. Just joking:)
Remember. You reveal the subject, but also the subject reveals you. Be authentic. 

What are the important skills one should have to be a successful photographer?
 
As important as your technical and artistic abilities as a photographer, are your social skills, essential assets in particular in fashion photography. You are constantly dealing with people: the models, the production team, the client, the crew, the magazines, the advertising company, just to name a few... Patience and psychology.

Which is your favorite book and why?
 
Yellow pages, I like the color.
 
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Interviewed By - Nimisha Dutta