Eric Dufour’s Colourful Geometries
When and how did you discover photography?
«First of all I have to say that I am self-taught. I officially started photographing in 2006, although I have always been attracted to this discipline. In my younger years, I travelled a lot abroad (Asia, Middle East and especially the Mediterranean) and I used to take photos of street scenes and everyday life: this was my way to get in touch with the local population. Then, in 2006, I bought my first camera that allowed me to start my own artistic research. I portrayed landscapes, animals and the natural world always by means of a single common element: minimalism, which characterised my style from the very beginning. Now mainly use a 5D Mark II and objectives ranging from 10 to 300 mm».
What is your field of activity?
«My favourite subjects are the main European capitals, which I often visit. The thing that is most appealing to me is architecture and graphic design. As I am constantly seeking beauty, I love to follow curves, lines, diagonals, I love to play with symmetries and discover their repetitive patterns. I like graphic shapes, geometries, colourful subjects and minimalist atmospheres».
Can you say something on the works selected by Alidem?
«The eight photographs that Alidem selected nearly disappear into a graphic pattern, asin most of my works. They were taken between 2012 and 2014 in various European cities, including my beloved Berlin. I especially like the German capital for the variety of its architecture and for its two different souls: the westernside - more traditional - and the eastern one, with its communist past. Today Berlin is experiencing a real “architectural spring”, which makes it like heaven to many photographers, me included. Berlignes and Make up were captured in the Berlin districts».
But what about Red Helix?
«Red Helix was taken in Mâcon in Burgundy. I came across this stairs by chance, and was immediately impressed by the colour and the shades that give volume to the composition. Generally, Iam very attentive to the graphics, which, by the way, requires a lot of discipline».
«Miss Trottinette was taken in the district of Confluences in Lyon, a place going through a quick development: this photo has won numerous awards in France and Denmark. I have done nothing but portraying a small daily life gesture, which I loved at first sight. Polychromie was taken in Denmark, the subject is the wall of a factory in the countryside that features all my favourite graphic elements: the symmetry and the over abundance of bright colours. Finally, Legos was taken in Chalon sur Saône in Burgundy: once again, a place characterised by bright colours and a minimalism style that deeply attracted me».
In your opinion, where is the originality of your work?
«I like to photograph simple things that can however project the viewer into an invisible universe, which I try to explore with my camera. I think I have developed a very personal style that - judging from what I am told - is recognisable due to the geometric shapes and the bright colours that characterise my works. My technique is perfectly summed up by a quote from Anne Geddes: “In photography, the most complicated thing to achieve is simplicity».
Your works have won several awards both in France and abroad, right?
«Yes, 2014 was indeed an important year for me. Up front, I arrived first for the best architectural photo in France, at a competition for professional photographers; second, after winning the Premio Francia (Eisa Maestro), I was awarded the second prize in the European edition of the event. I got these two awards for a series of seven photographs on architecture. The critics have appreciated my works also in Berlin and Denmark».
What are you working on now?
«I am consolidating my work from the past three years. However, I am moving gradually towards very graphic and colourful urban subjects, in an effort to bring a bit of joy to the darkness of the world around us. And then, I would like to explore other Northern European capitals, to capture all their great architectural potential».