9 questions with Fujifilm X-Photographer, Jose Jeuland
This is the 7th of a series of interviews with the Fujifilm X-Photographers of Singapore. Fujifilm X-Photographers are all professionals working in partnership with the brand and users as ambassadors who bring a breadth of knowledge and vision to the brand across multiple photography genres.
Some might say that Jose comes across as just another typical professional photographer, but he is anything but typical. A professional photographer and an ex-pro-triathlete, he applies a good dose of intensity and determination to his life and photography.
Based in Singapore, Jose is from Brittany in the west part of France. A person who is fond of exploring with his FUJIFILM camera, Jose has been traveling extensively almost everywhere working on his photo-documentaries. With his keen eye for detail and impeccable timing, Jose is an accomplished street photographer who has a knack for capturing life’s fleeting moments and expressions. Through his dynamic and careful compositions, Jose makes the normal new. A mantra Jose goes by is: “ You can find beauty in everything, it is all about how you look into it!”
Jose specializes in portraiture and street scenes and his work has been published in several regional travel publications, such as Tropical Life Magazine Indonesia, Lonely Planet Thailand, and Lightfootravel.com.
Jose takes pleasure in documenting the lives of people, their environment and some of his most recent projects include a photo essay about the “Mermaids of Jeju Island,” the Haenyeo, and the ”Vedda” of Sri Lanka. A photographer and content creator who has sportsman blood coursing through his veins, Jose exemplifies the strengths of both.
I had an opportunity to hear from Jose his personal take on photography and here are 9 questions that seek to provide us with a better understanding of this gentleman.
What does ‘photography’ mean to you?
For me, photography is about providing the opportunity to see the world – people, landscapes, urban, nature and more importantly, life’s moments, events that shape humanity.
In a click of a shutter, we can freeze a moment and capture it to share. Today, we can see images from the past and in the future, our children will see the images from now.
Personally, I find it pure joy to see beautiful images come to life and transport the audience to a particular moment, at that particular venue which may otherwise be out of reach to the viewer.
Share a word or short phrase that best describes your photography style?
My photography is mainly about people, how they interact with the environment, capturing the intimate and candid moments that we may experience every day but may not give enough thought to.
Which is your favorite Fujifilm camera and why?
I do not have a favorite camera but I do have a favorite series – the Fujifilm GFX series. I own the GFX 50R and I really love this camera for the intuitive way it handles and the excellent imaging quality.
For my work, printing is a very important part of the workflow and the print quality from the GFX50S is incredible.
Share one quirk or characteristic about you that others don’t know
I am not sure whether this is a good or a bad thing but I’m extremely picky and detailed in my work. Outside of work, I am a very adaptable person and am always glad to meet and get along with various people from all walks of life.
How do you improve yourself as a photographer? OR Who/What has inspired your vision?
A habit I have from young is I like to read a lot of photographer’s books over other genres before becoming a photographer myself.
Most of these are not technical books but rather books focusing on their work, including famous names such as Sebastiao Salgado, Steve McCurry, Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Gilden, David Lachapelle, Peter Lindbergh and many more. Watching movies also inspires me, allowing me a glimpse into the technical aspects of how professionals light-up the scenes and how the director and camera crew compose their frames.
Attending photography exhibitions is also a great way to maintain my love for photography, as it touches my feelings and creates more inspiration. Visiting exhibitions is one of my favorite photography-related past times.
Two noteworthy photography exhibitions I recently visited was Henry Wessel at the MEP in Paris. Helmut Newton, Larry Clark (love his films too) were also featured, and through this exhibition, I discovered the beautiful work of the photographer Dolores Marat.
Another is the “Jeu de Paume” place de la Concorde in Paris, where Sally Mann was exhibiting her work “A Thousand Mann”. The exhibition consisted of beautiful photographs, all full of emotions and poetry – plus she has an incredible technique and knowledge. And most interestingly, she uses a variety of very old cameras in large format.
Out of all the photographs you have captured, if you are allowed to choose only one shot that has still managed to pique your interest, which is it?
FUJIFILM X-T1 and XF55-200mm
There are so many images that are meaningful to me so it is very difficult to select one. I could have chosen pictures from my Tibet trip because it was my first time using the GFX 50R and can be considered to be my most joyful travel experience.
But I will instead select this portrait from my documentary titled: “Haenyeo, Women Divers” produced in Jeju Island, South Korea.
This image was showcased during my first photography exhibition at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. Printed in a huge size of over 2 meters up on fine art canvas. It is an emotional photograph that captured the awe and attention of many.
The layers in the photo slowly open up to unveil the story, starting from the sheer grit displayed despite the exhaustion and pain she displays to her story behind her facial expression, capturing the essence of the way of life of the Haenyeo women in one image.
What is the toughest part of being a professional photographer?
In my case, I feel it is the amount of time that I spend on working till that I have almost no free time between my company, commercial, corporate shoots, travel, magazine contributions, video director, photography exhibitions, fine art prints, photography workshops, and more… Some may say this is too much to allow one to focus properly but I love all of them too much to give up any.
Which aspect of photography brings you the most joy?
Meeting people, immersing myself in different cultures and printing my work in large prints. And yes, reading a good photography book never fails to bring joy.
If given no limitations, what is the one thing that you really want to do next?
To keep traveling and doing interesting projects, to bring the world to the viewers and as well as working with creatives all around the world. After all, there is still so much we can all learn and improve.
And that concludes the interview.
Jose can be contacted at [email protected]