Bryce France is an emerging portrait photographer with a real knack for pulling beauty and light out of darkness.
Tell us a bit about yourself; how long have you been shooting and what first inspired you to pick up the camera?
I’ve always been a visual observer. I believe my first experience with a camera was when I was about seven years old. I was given two disposable cameras to take pictures at a wedding and went through both of them in 15 minutes. I began taking it more seriously during my sophomore year in college and my portfolio just grew to what it is today.
Who or what are the biggest sources of inspiration for your photography?
I can say that I’ve been inspired by works from Annie Leibovitz and Richard Avedon, but Professor Gheesling of Valdosta State has been there to really push me to be myself. He’s helped me to open my eyes to the great passion I have for photography.
I love using dark imagery because of the impact it can have on people.
How would you define your style and what is it that you want your images to say to the viewer?
I love using dark imagery because of the impact it can have on people; it helps send a direct message to someone’s subconscious. It’s funny how my style contradicts my personality. Natural beauty has always caught my eye as well. It’s not actually the physical appearance of someone or something but how the subject evokes something in me; something that can only be translated through images.
What is the best piece of photography advice that you have received?
Being patient is key; I’ve struggled in the patience department. When I was told that it just takes time for your work to get noticed, I took that to heart. When my time comes, I’ll have a large portfolio ready.
What has been the most memorable moment to date with your photography?
I don’t think I’ve had that ‘moment’ yet; I’ve had many great moments doing what I love, don’t get me wrong, but I feel like it’s only the beginning of something wonderful.
… there isn’t an exact timetable for what’s to come; just stay passionate and everything will work out.
Are you currently working on any projects that you can tell us about?
There is a series I’m currently working on that’s an homage to Baroque paintings. It’s my first time working with the nude form so that has been a bit of a challenge but it’s made me a stronger artist. This series also helps me better understand composition and how even the smallest details matter.
What is next for you? Do you have a five year plan?
When I graduate in May 2016, I’ll be moving to Atlanta, GA to continue my career. It might be working for magazines doing editorials, doing work for movies and TV shows, teaching, or just getting to know everyone I can and documenting them with my camera. Part of what I have learned with being patient is that there isn’t an exact timetable for what’s to come; just stay passionate and everything will work out.
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