Recently our Katalyst team had the pleasure of working with Vincent Laforet to make a video for a program celebrating time-lapse photography called “A Momentary Lapse” (watch the how-to time-lapse video below). Thrash Lab jumped at the opportunity to speak with Vincent Laforet, a three-time winner at the prestigious 2010 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, director and Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer. Be inspired and we encourage you to explore his work further. Check out this time-lapse created by Vincent Laforet to get a glimpse at his expertise then read the interview below …
How would you describe yourself as a creator? As someone who is constantly trying to find new ideas and technologies that create imagery that has literally never been captured or seen before.
What is the most challenging photograph you have ever achieved? The most exciting was being on top of the Empire State Building – being up there without a harness was crazy, and the single most incredible view of New York City – ever. Trying not to pass out was the challenge – let alone getting an image on a windy day when the building was rocking – literally. The photograph is actually only available for you to see if you visit my iPhone/iPad app.
What is a camera that you geek out over? The RED Epic – because it shoots the equivalent of a 14 Megapixel still frame, in full RAW, at 120 frames per second! It’s a cinema camera that was recently used to shoot “Prometheus” but the 5K camera has so many more creative-uses out there in the world…
How does the Internet influence you? It’s a central part of my daily life. I meet so many fascinating people through the web/Twitter etc.
Who would be your dream artist to collaborate with? I truly wish I could have met Stanley Kubrick – he was a photographer turned director and made many of my favorite films. I’d love to meet Ridley Scott or Steven Spielberg someday as well as they too made movies that led me to want to become a filmmaker (Blade Runner / Aliens / Blackhawk Down / Jaws / ET / Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Schindler’s List).
Who taught you something recently about photography? What was it that they taught you? Ren Ng – about the Lytro Camera and the potential future of imaging – read more about what I learned on my blog, I wrote all about it.
What is underrated in photography? What is overrated? Underrated: a photographers eye, patience, and attention to detail. Overrated: equipment.
What is a digital film that you have recently watched that impressed you? A short-film by Cristina Molino called ¿Te vas? (Are you leaving?). This film combines wonderful storytelling, sophisticated yet subtle technique into something quite powerful.
What project do you think most people know you for? My aerial photography work and “Reverie,” the first video ever shot with the Canon 5D MKII and recently “Mobius” a short film I made for the launch of the Canon C300.
What is a quote that inspires you? “Everything has already been done. Every story has been told every scene has been shot. It’s our job to do it one better. – Stanley Kubrick -
If you want to learn more about Vincent Laforet and want to follow his work, his recommendations and learn a lot about photography and film-making, then follow his blog (he actually updates very regularly).