Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Vincent Laforet - Improbable Reality
Vincent Laforet's photographs are rarified, captured milliseconds caught in an artist's light
“Once I've found my light and lined up my shot, it's out of my control. Something will happen or it won't. There are spectacular moments when I know I have it and then there are moments I call ‘terrific failures,' when I've taken a chance to get something special, and that nuance, that inflection that separates a good picture from a great one just doesn't happen. A good photographer is challenged by failure and keeps taking chances. Ultimately, photography's great lesson is to let go.”
In a career that has spanned a variety of photographic genres, Vincent Laforet has been privileged to witness extraordinary events across the globe and close to home. From sports shooter to news photographer to fine artist, his talents and opportunities have allowed him to excel in every aspect of photography he has explored. As a devoted digital photographer, he's eager to see the technology continue to advance in capability and usefulness.
For photojournalism, digital technology has made a considerable impact on Laforet's work and on the way he works. Says Laforet, “It has allowed me to become a better journalist. Now I no longer have to leave an event to go back to an office or lab to process, edit and scan film. I can take a quick break, send a few photographs on deadline and continue to cover a story. It allows me to produce work that has more depth and breadth, to go to more remote locations on tighter deadlines.”
The influence of digital on photojournalism has been considerable. “It has allowed photojournalists to travel to some of the most remote locations in the world,” says Laforet. “All they need is some power from a vehicle battery or other source, and either a satellite or cell signal, which is pretty much anywhere on the globe, and they can get their images back to their office within minutes. No more courier pigeons or Concorde flights to get your film back to New York.”
That's a far cry from the days when you could run out of film and hope that you'd be able to get more in the next town or via special delivery. Photojournalists operating in faraway places with little more than some pocket electronics can work and file images constantly.