Anne Petitfilsis a French Photographer who
shoots soulful photographs of countryside. Being a photographer, Anne does
enjoy to travel a lot as well as document various culture and people. From her
words “Taking pictures is my way of understanding what’s around me. Following
my instinct, without a clue at first of what I am looking at, I photograph to
slowly discover the why and how of things, from the inside.”
About Anne Petitfils
I have always been fascinated by images. I enjoy picking
them apart, analyzing them, understanding how they are organized, and looking
for their meaning—after surrendering to the emotions they stir in me.
However, my passion for photography is relatively
recent. It started with my first trips to the Orient. As I was discovering a
new world, I realized that, to understand what I saw, I needed to take in the
details, from the most ordinary to the most intimate ones. I feel that it’s
through the microscopic that I understand things. Not surprise, then, if I
teach visual communications at Université des Sciences Humaines de Montpellier.
Taking pictures is my way of understanding what’s
around me. Following my instinct, without a clue at first of what I am looking
at, I photograph to slowly discover the why and how of things, from the inside.
This was my state of mind when I took these photos.
Photography has literally become a way of life for me. Not only is it a mean of
expression, of understanding myself better, but it’s also a way for me to maybe
get a better understanding of the world around me.
Many of these pictures were taken in India and more
specifically in Zanskar, an Himalayan kingdom I fell in love with it a few
Zanskar and the Zanskarpas have had a decisive
influence in my life and profoundly changed my vision of the world—my behavior
too (most importantly!). They made me understand that our urge to specialize
made us lose sight of our reality. We have become unable to see the links that
exist between things, between people, and between things and people.
And it is those links I am looking for when I travel
and photograph. As Henri Cartier-Bresson so aptly put it, I strive “to align the
head, the eye and the heart”.
“Watching Anne in action, you see her take everything
in, slowly, at the same time instinctively and deliberately. You get the sense
that it is not her mind or her eye that guide her, not her heart either, but
maybe her intuition that something is happening there, something worth
understanding, whether it is a person, a landscape, or a busy street scene. She
takes her time to connect with her subject and to design her image and come up
with a composition that is much more than pretty. Her images are powerful and
elegant, and served by a light-handed processing that enhances without
exaggerating.”– Marine Armstrong 121clicks