Interview with Thibault de Schepper
What inspired you to start taking photographs?
I was raised as a visual person. My dad was always passionate about arts in general and always stimulated me to create; drawing or taking pictures, playing music. As long as I was doing something creative he was happy. Photography became my main creative activity around my 16th birthday. After shooting a lot on film I got my first digital camera and used it all the time; when skateboarding with friends, on school trips, at home, on seaside getaways with my parents.
How has your style evolved as you have grown?
I wouldn’t say my style has evolved, but it has become more personal. Until my mid twenties I was trying to reproduce things I saw and liked; pictures from famous photographers or coffee table books. When I felt more confident I developed my own aesthetics and created a very personal style, somewhere between Japanese minimalism and cold Scandinavian.
What type of photography are you most passionate about?
I am not interested in one single subject. I wouldn’t define myself as a portrait, landscape or interior photographer, even though my career started with interior and has been taking a lifestyle twist over the years. I like the variety of the stuff I shoot; from suitcases to restaurants, food to fashion, interior to landscapes. It gives me balance and perspective in my own work, which is always stimulating - why do the same job over and over again?
What are you aiming to capture in your images?
Not always the same thing, but in general my photography is trying to show poetry in ordinary things. I’m not sure it means a lot to anyone besides me, but I like to believe that simple things, or everyday events, can be beautiful as they are and don’t need to be any different to be enjoyable. I find myself surrounded by people who are always aiming for better things; better experiences, better travels, while everything we have is already so beautiful and enjoyable. If I can make people realise that, I am the happiest kiddo around.
What has been your favourite location to photograph so far and why?
To be honest, it’s impossible for me to pick just one. The places that left a big impression on me are ‘At the Chapel’ in Bruton, Somerset, the Atlas Mountains in Morocco with Studio Faculty for Lojel, all of Italy. I especially loved Firenze where I captured Ponte Vecchio at around 7 am, together with my friend Daniel. I guess the places that I like to shoot are rather linked to amazing human experiences as well, as the memories that my pictures bring back are stronger than just an aesthetically pleasing image.
Who, or what, has been your greatest inspiration on your journey so far?
My life has been a work in progress since I was born, I get inspired by everyone I meet and everything I do, whether that’s a good or a bad thing. I keep on learning and I don’t know where I’ll be in one years time. I have been a professional photographer for quite some time now, which wasn’t something I planned. It just happened when I decided to leave the fashion industry, in which I was active for about 10 years. Making my next career choice happened after having had lots of wine and making a list of things I was good at, and a list of things I could make a living from. Photography was the only thing I felt like doing and so I went for it. I just followed my heart and never regretted it, even when times were hard.