GET TO KNOW ME: BENOÎT FELTEN

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Hong Kong taught me the philosophy of street photography. Despite its reputation, HK is a city that you can walk around, and I always have a camera with me when I do so. I walk to my office, about 3 miles each way, and trawling the same grounds every morning and every evening has taught me that there is an interest in repetition: you know to expect certain things at certain times, you know how the light will hit this street or that building, you know when the neons are going to give their best glow at night. 

My work carries me all over the world (mostly), and that's also a constant opportunity to capture images I won't get at home. It's also an incentive to skip those evenings sitting lonely in a hotel room and get out and explore. I look for interesting characters, strange moments, trying to capture these pictures that make you go "wow, that place really is different and interesting". My favourite moments of those trips is when a daytime meeting is cancelled and suddenly I have a couple of hours to go check out interesting places. 

Photography has pervaded the rest of my life too. I love (and play) music, and whenever possible I take my camera with me for live concerts. Capturing those moments of grace, those smiles, the joy that music brings, it's amazing. I'm also an avid tabletop roleplayer, and that has led me to shooting portraits of live-action roleplayers (even if I don't partake) and from there more broadly portraits in general.

On a day to day basis, I shoot mostly digital: faster, more convenient. But when I feel more whimsical, I take out one or the other film cameras, slip an Ilforp FP4+ roll or a Agfa CT100 if the light is nice, and just get out and take it slow. I love that moment when you get the rolls back from the lab (no space to process my own in a small HK flat): you're sent back in time to the moment you captured, it's fantastic. 

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