This is a series of blog posts dedicated to great Instagrammers that are also contributing on Lobster. Read about the brilliant minds behind the camera, how photography mingles with their life and the stories behind their best shots.
Who is Loic Lagarde?
I am a French photographer based in Paris and native of Brittany. The passion for photography has grown steadily when I was travelling all around the world trying to capture every unforgettable experience I met on my way, willing to collect and share the views. I endeavour to enhance each shot in order to make it unique.
To me, photography is a great way to capture the light of an evasive present time always running away from us. Like photography, which is sitting at the crossroad of Art and Technique, I have been drawing and painting since early childhood and have an electrical engineering background.
The stories behind the best photos
I had the chance to capture this photo symbolising Japan by itself. Between long lasting tradition (lady sitting still) and constant dynamic of modernity (moving train). I’m very proud of this shot because it encloses a lot of symbols while technically, it’s very hard to make.
This is a long exposure shot taken in front of Yurikamome Line in Tokyo with an NB filter during day time. The result is interesting: you feel like being slurped by the photo itself. This is also a difficult capture to produce from a technical point of view, due to the vibrations.
I like this capture because we can feel the spirit of Cairo. The pyramids are visible in the background, but almost entirely eclipsed by those two ugly buildings symbolising kind of a chaotic development of the city.
Rain can offer great opportunities especially when the sun comes back just before sunset. In this photo I managed to have the entire mirror of the Arc de Triomphe thanks to a puddle and my ultra wide lens Canon 11-24mm. I had the chance to have an amazing dramatic sky and sunset light.
This is one of the first shot I ever made with my Canon 11-24mm ultra wide angle and the first time Eiffel Tower has been shot like that with such perspective and wide angle. Getting the perfect symmetry was a matter of patience and luck.
Also, this is the first time the jewel of Paris has been shot with this ultra wide angle lens (Canon 11-24mm). This is also 3 shots bracketing to get the perfect exposure of the image (both stain glass and ceiling) and with the camera on the floor, lens to the ceiling because it was forbidden to use a tripod there. I was again very patient and very lucky to get the perfect symmetry without anybody on the photo! I’m very proud of this photo.
I came for three times to this spot to make the perfect shot at sunrise when I could see the morning mist and get the mirror effect on the lake. For the story, this is the castle in Brittany where my parents got married 50 years ago.
Favourite food for thought
“L’Art est un anti-destin.” – André Malraux
Other featured photographers in the series: Jonas Anhede emotional and storytelling images, Igor, the Northen lights hunter, Sunny’s travel adventures and the Instagram Bucketlist Journey star Annette White.
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