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Photographer: Samuel Dive

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Tell about yourself a little bit… How did you become a photographer?

I stumbled into the world of photography quite unexpectedly. It all began with a simple idea—I opened an Instagram account to capture moments with my friends. We would embark on adventures, and I’d document every laughter-filled instance. Little did I know that this impromptu hobby would soon evolve into something more significant.

As the photos started accumulating on my Instagram feed, I noticed people genuinely enjoying the moments I had frozen in time. The positive response was contagious, and it fueled my passion for photography. That’s when things took an exciting turn.

I found myself working with a company known for orchestrating lively parties in the heart of Paris—Kav Party. It was an immersive experience, and I discovered my love for capturing the vibrant energy of events. The dynamism, the colors, and the stories unfolding in those moments spoke to me in a way I hadn’t expected.

After my stint with Kav Party, I realized that my true joy lay in photographing events. Since then, I’ve collaborated with friends and small startups, seizing every opportunity to capture the essence of various occasions. Whether it’s the candid joy at a birthday party or the hustle and bustle of a startup event, I find immense satisfaction in freezing these slices of life through my lens. It’s not just about taking pictures; it’s about telling stories, one snapshot at a time.

What has been the biggest lesson you have learned as a photographer?

The most profound lesson I’ve learned as a photographer is the undeniable importance of always being ready to seize the moment. Nothing outweighs the value of trying, experimenting, and staying prepared. There have been countless instances where I wished I had my camera with me to capture an unexpected and beautiful moment.

In the world of photography, spontaneity is key. It’s not just about having the right equipment; it’s about having it with you at all times. Your camera, your charger—these become your trusty companions. They are the tools that enable you to freeze a fleeting smile, capture the essence of an unexpected event, or immortalize a perfect sunset.

Photography has taught me to be observant, always on the lookout for that perfect moment to unfold. It’s a lesson in being prepared for the unexpected and understanding that sometimes, the most magical moments happen when you least anticipate them. So, my camera is not just a device; it’s a passport to document the countless stories that life presents, and I’ve learned never to leave it behind. Always ready, always looking, and always ready to capture the magic.

What advice would you give to a young amateur photographer, who wants to take their photography to the next level?

Absolutely, my advice to any aspiring young photographer would be to embrace the journey of experimentation and self-discovery. In this creative realm, there’s no strict distinction between good and bad photographers—it’s about the continuous process of growth and expression.

Shoot relentlessly. Make it a habit to capture moments every day, whether you’re with friends, exploring the streets, collaborating with companies, or even snapping family members. The more you immerse yourself in photography, the more you’ll fall in love with the craft.

Don’t be afraid to try different styles, subjects, and techniques. It’s through this continuous process of trial and error that you’ll uncover your unique identity as a photographer. Each shot is a brushstroke, contributing to the masterpiece of your evolving style.

Collaborate and seek feedback from fellow photographers. Constructive criticism is a powerful tool for growth. Learn from others, but most importantly, learn from your own work. Your style will organically emerge from the vast collection of moments you’ve captured.

Remember, it’s not just about the destination; it’s about the journey of discovering your voice in the visual language of photography. So, shoot, explore, and enjoy the process of becoming the photographer you aspire to be.

In your opinion… What is a good photograph?

In my perspective, the concept of a “good” photograph is beautifully subjective. There’s no universal standard because photography, at its core, is an art form that elicits diverse reactions.

Fundamentally, the distinction between a “good” and “bad” photographer is quite nuanced. It’s not about skill level or technical prowess; it’s about the willingness to share your work. A photographer who keeps their pictures to themselves might be limiting the potential impact of their art.

As long as you’re dedicated to honing your craft, there will always be individuals who resonate with your work and others who may not. What makes a photograph “good” is often the emotional connection it forges with its audience—the ability to evoke feelings, tell a story, or capture a moment in time.

So, my advice to any photographer is to put yourself out there, share your unique perspective with the world, and let the responses be a part of your journey. The beauty of photography lies in its subjective nature and the diverse stories it can tell.

How do you feel about social media today? Is it good for photographers, bad for photographers…?

Social media today, particularly platforms like Instagram, has undeniably transformed the landscape for photographers. It serves as a powerful and accessible space for individuals to showcase their creativity and connect with a global audience.

The democratization of photography, where virtually anyone can participate and share their work, has both positive and challenging aspects. On the positive side, it provides an unprecedented platform for exposure. Talented photographers can gain recognition without traditional gatekeepers, reaching audiences they might not have accessed otherwise.

However, the abundance of content on social media can make it challenging for individual photographers to stand out. The term “photographer” has become broadly embraced, with enthusiasts and professionals alike contributing to the visual tapestry of these platforms.

The essence lies not in labels but in the passion for capturing moments and sharing them. As long as you have that camera in hand, sharing your unique view of the world on platforms like Instagram, Facebook, or TikTok, you are indeed a photographer. Embracing this expansive definition opens up the world of photography to everyone, fostering a diverse and dynamic creative community.

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