Featured Photographer #48: Caroline Sauvage
Hi! My name is Caroline Sauvage. I’m 28 years old and I live in France.
What did you want to become in your childhood and are you that person today? When I was a child I wanted to become an illustrator, but also a guitarist in a rock band, a stylist, and of course a veterinary. I always liked creating things and try new mediums of creation. Unfortunately I don’t save animal’s lives today but I found the artirstic way that suits me as a photolover, and I’m loving it.
Where did you meet photography or where did photography meet you? I grew up in a family that took a loooot of pictures. My parents always had a camera in their bag to capture our family memories & I enjoyed watching our family photo albums. When I was approximately 7 years old, at the beginning of summer, my parents bought me a disposable camera so I can capture my own memories. I liked it so much that they bought me one every summer and that’s how I fell in love with photography.
What do you do when you don’t have a camera in your hand? I currently spend my days glued to a computer, as a graphic designer in a freelance team with Marion, my lover. We are working at home in Lyon, a beautiful city near the Alps in France. When we have time to spare, we love hiking in the mountains, hiting the road on our british motorcycle and riding our longboard & rollerblades every Saturday afternoon.
Your personal story with photography in 12 words. Stop looking. Start seeing. Photograph what you love.
What are your superpowers and weakness (and how do you overcome them)? I think my main weekness is my lack of self-confidence. I often doubt about myself and the quality of my work. I’m feeling it in my everyday work but also in my personnal photographs, I always think it could be better & need to be reassured. Luckily I have the best lover who is always ready to help & encourage me, and if I’m not enough satisfed, I don’t hesitate to do it again.
What attracts you to the work you shoot? My inspiration simply comes from my everyday life. I’m always fascinated by the colors, the light & the nature around me. I love photographing the simple things of life that make me happy: like a hike in the mountains, a good homemade meal, a new tattoo under my skin, the first spring flowers, a colorful sunset… When I see or do something I love, I’m capturing it and I’m trying to make it as beautiful as I see it.
What’s in your camera bag? In my everyday life, I always have a SLR camera in my bag, like a Canon AE-1 Program, an Olympus OM10 or a Canonet QL17 GIII.
When I go hiking or travel, I like to take 3 types of film camera : a SLR camera, a Medium-format camera (like my Hasseblad 501CM or my Pentacon Six TL) and an Instant camera (like my Polaroïd Land 250 or my Instax Mini). This allows me to diversify my shots and to have more fun. On top on that I also have an additional lens, like a 28mm f/2.8, to complete the 50mm connected to my SLR camera. This is the ideal lens for landscapes, it allows me to capture larger views.
To conclude, I never go out to take photographs without my Lumu light meter, it really helps me to make te perfect settings when the light conditions are complicated.
If you could carry only 4 pieces of equipment to a parallel universe for a year, what would you choose? If it rained Kodak films in this parallel universe, I’ll take without hesitation my Canon AE-1 Program, my 28mm f/2.8 lens, my Hasselblad 501CM & my Lumu light meter. These are my favorite cameras and the ones I use most of the time. I’m never disappointed with these two and I think I really love them because they were my first SLR & medium-format cameras.
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