http://www.nod-photography.comYou could have read here a portrait of the feline photographer. The proud independence, the delicate sensitivity, the efficiency of the hunter intimately linked to a successful mastery of the carp diem ... I prefer to tell you about another shade in Nicolas' rainbow, that of the challenge lover. The one who walks at the stroke of heart, but who especially knows how to push the exploration of the chosen subject until the end. The one who goes further, from another angle, in another context, another season, another register. The one who goes from landscape to animal photography without loss of acuity or success for a good dozen years. The one who will not give up his subject until the end. And from this point of view, the leopard had everything to seduce him. Pardus is a challenge. First meeting in 2016. An undergrowth, a late day, a beautiful light. And the leopard. Because it is always the leopard who chooses to reveal himself or to remain invisible, it is the feline who imposes its will, never the reverse, whatever the intensity of the desire that one may have to see him. This day of 2016, it was laid on tree trunks. King and serene. it observes, locates and fixes. it stares at the photographer who fixes him. its look in his eyes, just the lens glass between their pupils. A first picture in the heart-catcher. And the start of a new challenge for Nicolas. During many trips illuminated by magnificent encounters and darkened by painful missed opportunities, Nicolas will quickly make two major aesthetic choices: the square format to reconcile portrait and landscape, not to neglect anything of this environment that shapes the animal that he tries to make the portrait of, but also black and white to emphasize the elegance of the lines, the forms and contrasts, all the timelessness of this magnificent feline. This unconventional outlook that still underlines his intention to highlight the animal, to erase the photographer behind his objective: the enhancement of a species that our growing arrogance of bipeds dangerously weaken. All those who want to meet the leopard, let yourself be taken on a trip to flip between sharp claws and soft speckled fur. Nicolas guides you with his velvet paw in the footsteps of Panthera Pardus.
PARDUS Panthera : The African leopard. Its eyes crossed my eyes for the first time in 2016 and it immediately fascinated me. This absolute master of camouflage blends into the landscape that surrounds it, it becomes the forest, turns into a tree, into a bush, the spots of its coat are leaves, unless it is the reverse... Standing still on a trunk, it embodies grace and elegance. Moving through the tall grass, it is his power and agility that force my admiration and none of our encounters will be able to escape from my memories. When my eyes rest on its figure, caress its fur, time stops and I contemplate millions of years of evolution, the culmination of Nature in its relentless quest for perfection. Silent, discreet to the invisible, the ghost of Africa is constantly in my mind. It haunts my thoughts and draws a narrative of harmony that inhabits my dreams. It took me many stays in his universe to tame his image, but very quickly in this search for Nature and aesthetics, black and white became the best way to pay him the tribute it deserves. Today with Pardus, I invite you to follow me in a space out of time, a space of wonder in the company of this sumptuous feline.