Double Win!

In 2018 Guillaume Flandre took home not one but two category titles of Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year; Food for the Family and Food in the Field.

Guillaume Flandre - Family

Description: This is the last time my father and grandfather cooked together at his apartment before my grandfather passed away.  I captured this scene on Christmas Eve, a moment when, traditionally, the whole family would gather to share a meal.

Technical:Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 23mmF1.4 R

Guillaume Flandre Field

Description: Dakar is a busy and unexpected city.  In the numerous street markets of the capital, one can find anything they need.  Thanks to a local, I was able to go behind the shops, where they keep animals that usually can't be seen from the outside.

Technical:Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF23mmF1.4 R

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Food has always been very important to me, and it is actually one of the reasons why I moved to London, for its food scene. It is only natural that I right away decided to enter the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year.  Being a finalist is a great feeling, as it rewards two of my favourites photos, and validates my work outside of my native country.

Please tell us a little more about yourself and your background in photography

I am a self-taught photographer who started to take pictures about 15 years ago.  First it was to share my life to my friends and family, but it quickly became more than that.  I started documenting the world, and, by sharing it, I won a few awards and got published in National Geographic and The New York Times and started working as a professional photographer for many prestigious brands.

Please tell us more about capturing your Finalist image. For example; what was happening around you, what inspired the shot, what time of day, challenges you had in capturing it.

The first image is the last time my father and grandfather cooked together his apartment before my grandfather passed away.  I captured this scene on Christmas Eve, a moment when, traditionally, the whole family would gather to share a meal.  When I saw that scene, I rushed to grab my camera and I knew exactly how I wanted to frame it so that it looked theatrical. I waited for the perfect moment to press the shutter.   

The second image was taken in Dakar, a busy and unexpected city.  In the numerous street markets of the capital, one can find anything they need. Thanks to a local, I was able to go behind the shops, where they keep animals that usually can't be seen from the outside.

Which photographers, if any, have most influenced your work?

So many photographers inspire me every day, so it is very hard to even pick a few.  I get inspiration from travel photographers like Steve McCurry, street photographers like Elliott Erwitt, but also fashion photographers like Erik Madigan Heck.

Please tell us a little about exciting projects you have recently been working on?

I like to experiment as a photographer. Lately I've been focusing more on my street photography skills, as I'd like to document everyday life more. Of course, that still includes photos related to food, as it's all around us! I keep travelling, lately from the US to Morocco and soon, Cuba. There will be lots of opportunities to take interesting photos there, and I'm really excited about it.

Contact:

Website: https://guillaumeflandre.com

Twitter: @gflandre

Instagram: @gflandre

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/guillaumeflandrephoto/

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