Shadows, Lights, Colors, and Jazz

Rudy Boyer

Born in 1984, Rudy Boyer lives in Nice, France. He has been engaged in street photography for over a few years. That time frame was enough to create the passion he now has for street photography. To Rudy, it is more than a passion; it is truly a pleasure.

I am 30 and live in Nice, in the south of France. I am responsible for a structures analysis laboratory in the building sector. I am passionate about photos but also music, I have been playing jazz guitar for ten years. Rudy Boyer

WSP: Describe your photographic style. How did you develop your style?
Rudy Boyer: I do not really have a particular style. I like black and white and color, even if I have a slight preference for color (right now). But it is true that I am more about the shadows and light.

WSP: What is the most challenging part about being a photographer?
Rudy Boyer: For my part, I think it is time. I never have enough. I always have too much to do.

WSP: Who inspires you other than photographers (artists, writers, music, architects, and philosophers)?
Rudy Boyer: Besides photography, I also make music and I listen to a lot. I do not know if it affects me in my photos, but we will consider that a yes. I think it is the 'set' of all that mingles in our lives.

WSP: Have you ever had formal training?
Rudy Boyer: No, like most street photographers, but I was fortunate to be in a family where the picture was always present. My father was also a photographer as a young man. That is more than training, it is inspiration.

WSP: What are your photography weaknesses?
Rudy Boyer: I do not know if it is a photographic weakness, but I have a problem with patience. I need to walk, even get bored several times in the same place. Sometimes I see the light, setting, everything is there except the action. Five minutes later, I'm already far away.

WSP: What is your opinion regarding film vs. digital photography.
Rudy Boyer: Film photography is more complicated and more expensive. It's almost another vision. It takes more time because we think 2 or 3 times before shooting.

WSP: Locations and weather conditions seem to be a crucial aspect to a successful picture. How do you handle these unpredictable factors?
Rudy Boyer: Yes indeed, it is quite crucial. So precisely, we must take advantage. Personally, I live in in place where it is often sunny, and I'm pretty glad to see the arrival of rain for one or two days. I never miss an opportunity to get out to take pictures. The places are never the same, the colors change, the shadows disappear.

WSP: When you are out shooting—how much of it is instinctual versus planned?
Rudy Boyer: Everything depends on what you are calling the plan. Sometimes things go very fast, and I would say it is a mixture of instinct and planning.

WSP: What are some tips/advice you would give to yourself if you started street photography all over again?
Rudy Boyer: A few simple technical pieces of advice and, above all, do not be afraid to feel like a photographer.

WSP: What advice can you offer for those who want to get into photography but maybe can’t afford equipment?
Rudy Boyer: Now, a simple smartphone has a camera integrated, and everyone has a cell phone. The equipment is only a drop of water. The most important thing is the eye; build a frame, an intense scene, the only goal being to capture the moment. Many street photographer are using smartphones.

WSP: Thank you for this interview Rudy.

Rudy Boyer at World-Street Photography (click)