Artist portrait: Jérémy Calvo
For the artist portrait of the week, we introduce you to a member of the Quechua Team: Jérémy Calvo, a young photographer already talented. Through his lens, he is able to enhance wild animals!
[Hiking on the Moon] Can you introduce yourself to our readers?
Jérémy: I was born in 1988 and I get the chance to grow up in a small village, very close to the Mont Blanc. All my childhood, I clambered in the wood, to perch myself on the mountain crests. I was attracted by the wild side of nature, so I slipped out of the paths as soon as I can, to follow my own way or animal footprints.
With a pair of binoculars, I observed chamois, ibexes, and deer, then I dissected the books dedicated to the alpine fauna.
[Hiking on the Moon] Is it this passion for animals which encourage you to become a photographer?
Jérémy: Yes, mainly. I started photography after my design studies in 2007. Animals were very important in my work, but I also tried others subjects, as urban environment and portraits. Nevertheless, I never found the same feelings as the contact with wild animals.
With hindsight, I realised that without knowing it, I have always mixed passions that still excite me today: nature observation, mountain, and photography.
[Hiking on the Moon] Which atmospheres do you like to photograph?
Jérémy: Crepuscular atmosphere and challenging weather have always drawn my attention, but compared to my first pictures, I changed the way to interpret and transcribe them.
[Hiking on the Moon] How do you work to photograph animals so close?
Jérémy: Alpine species as black grouse, golden eagle, or ptarmigan, are very sensitive to trouble and noise. That’s why, really often, I must hide myself to not disrupt the animals.