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Interview: Samuel Bolduc - From 3D design to award-winning photographer

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"My name is Samuel Bolduc, I am 21 years old and I finished my studies in photography in May 2018. My passion has begun while I was studying 3D animation. I really started to appreciate the medium of photography and Photoshop. When I finally understood what was my way to express myself, I took the decision to leave the program that I studied, to switch to the photography program of my school."

© Samuel Bolduc, Canada, Student Photographer of the Year, Student Competition
2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Hi there! Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your passion for photography

My name is Samuel Bolduc, I am 21 years old and I finished my studies in photography in May 2018. My passion has begun while I was studying 3D animation. I really started to appreciate the medium of photography and photoshop. When I finally understood what was my way to express myself, I took the decision to leave the program that I studied, to switch to the photography program of my school.

Remind us of your successful series in the Student competition

My series consisted of 10 images of staged photographs showing people taking off plastic waste from the environment. I chose to put small characters in large landscapes to demonstrate how small we are on the earth and, by showing the actions of my characters, I illustrate that it is important to take care of our planet.

How did your success in the Student competition affect your photography going forward?

It helped me get credibility as a photographer. Nowadays, many persons improvise themselves as a photographer, but it's easy to produce a picture of quality.. the hardest is to be able to communicate a message or a feeling! So, in other words, my series show that I'm able to produce ten strong images of quality, that communicate the same message (the issue of the plastic pollution in our environment) and have the same impact all the long of the series. 

What did you enjoy most about being involved with the Student competition?

Being involved with the Student Competition was a challenge and it is what I like the most about this competition. In a way, they put you in a real contract situation. You have a subject, a vision to respect, a deadline, every one of these aspects are what we will have to respect to assure our career as photographers.

What advice would you give to those thinking about getting involved with the Student competition?

The best advice I could give to the next participants is to be creative and original. The first question I ask myself before starting a project is always: How can I illustrate this in a way that I've never seen?

What or who has inspired you most during your time studying photography?

I was inspired a lot by the surrealist movement. I love to be creative, normally, I will never stop at the photography in itself, I have to try new manipulations, new ways to illustrate my environment.

What has been your biggest learning curve during your photographic studies?

I think it's when I got to my last year of study! For the first and second years, for sure I produced good images that I'm still proud of, but I think I still was looking for my own creative process.


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