Interview: Photographer Bryce C. France
With his astounding photographic style, photographer Bryce France gave us the opportunity to get in depth with his vision of photography, here’s what he had to say!
How did you come to be interested and pursue photography?
I’ve always loved taking pictures since I was little, but about 3–4 years ago I began taking it seriously. I was in the beginning stages of my Art degree and found my passion while in a photo class.
How would you describe your vision/style?
Best way to describe it is that it’s just me. Where I am today developed slowly over time. My tones developed from the conceptual work I was doing while in undergrad. Now I incorporate them into most of my portrait work.
What value would you say photography holds to the world?
TONS! Photography is very under-appreciated today. Look around you and anything printed has some sort of photo component. I work a lot with people and photography plays an important role in capturing my reality of the world for others to experience and appreciate. Photography has allowed others to peek through the eyes of others and feel what they were feeling at that very moment.
What is a special experience that being a photographer has brought you?
I’ve had many fond memories while shooting. I credit photography to many of the relationships I have with people. Its allowed me to connect with people in my community and people 800 miles away.
How do you get your ideas for your shoots?
I use to preplan a lot before shooting my conceptual work. Now a lot of my ideas are spur of the moment. I meet with the person/persons I’m shooting and we just hangout out. As we walk around I’ll see something that catches my interest and we shoot.
How did you learn how to edit your images and develop your style?
Again over time and lots of youtube tutorials, Im at the tones I have today. I recently went back to old images I edited a year ago and went about it how I would today and the difference was crazy! It can come off as dark and sombre but I think thats what separates me from the rest.
What is a quote or something you’ve heard that resonates with you?
It’s actually what I haven’t heard that always resonates with me. I bothers me that there are photographers out there who want to show their work and become popular but can’t help others grow. It could be their ego or they simply don’t like talking to people.
I feel like its important to help encourage others no matter what level you are in your career. I had the opportunity to talk to one of my first inspirations in photography. You could tell he was exhausted and down on himself but he sacrificed that time to talk with me about my career. Those people deserve to be in the Elite category in my book.
Do you have any words for aspiring photographers, something you might tell yourself back when you first started out?
It will take time so be patient. My style developed after countless shoots and time sitting in front of the computer tweaking around on photoshop. Also you can’t get a big head about yourself. Pride can block your chance to grow into a better artist.