Our interview with Adrien Chainier, a photographer based in Bordeaux with an incredible eye for capturing unique night shots and a talent for developing his own film. His photography really blew us away from the onset, and here's what he has to say.
“Instant gratification in my opinion is hurting art.”
Where are you from and when did you start film photography?
“Ok so I don't know where to begin... I'm based near Bordeaux, France and I’ve been doing photography for 3 years now, with 1.5 years doing film. I started with night photography and I'm still into it. It looks like I'll never get bored of it...”
How would you describe yourself as a photographer?
“I'm quite a lone wolf when it comes to photography. I like doing my own thing, sometimes even illegal things. You know, being somewhere I shouldn’t be just to have opportunities to capture things that catches my eye. It also lets me discover more perspectives on a subject - and of course an andrenaline shot.”
Do you have any weaknesses as a photographer?
“I am very hard on myself with what I create. I try to have a high standard in the niche I'm in. I still have a lot to learn but I'm quite happy with the progress I’ve made in these past 3 years in photography.”
What do you love about film?
“Analogue photography has benefits that digital doesn’t have, it will sound cliché but it's the truth. It’s more diverse/tactile and you learn to be patient and think more. Mistakes are what will make you better so if you fail that's fine, you just have to be perseverant. Anything is possible with any camera, you just need the will power to create things that you like and embrace the limitations.
Instant gratification in my opinion is hurting art. It’s making people just rely on autonomous picture taking machines instead of their brain and that's quite sad...”