Creative Photography Showcase #1: Philippe Ramette
As photographers, we tend to focus most of our attention and efforts on perfecting our technique. And don’t get me wrong, being the best photographer you can be requires a great deal of reading and practising and it definitely pays off. But that’s not why you became a photographer. You did it because, above all your talent and knowledge, you’re a creative person with daring ideas that needed to be expressed somehow.
So let me remind you of that by showing you a unique project by the French artist Philippe Ramette. Originally a sculptor, Ramette gained his fame in the 90s by creating strange wooden or metal objects and instruments. He took his odd vision of reality further and came up with an exciting photographic project based on man’s connection to the world as it is, playing with the concept of gravity and weight.
You’re probably thinking that any Photoshop rookie could’ve come up with this. Well, here’s the thing: the photographs were taken exactly as you see them now and haven’t suffered any manipulation. Amazing, right? But, still, how did he do it? If you look closely, you will notice a few clues: You see a tension in my hands, my red face is far from serene as the blood rushes to it, my suit is ruffled - says Ramette himself. Ramette succeeded in virtually defying gravity and physics using special weights for underwater shootings and metal supports for the others. The entire mechanism is hidden so well by his suit and the chosen perspective that you were easily tricked to believe they were almost real (or, well, Photoshopped). His attention to details doesn't stop here: being such a perfectionist, Ramette didn't only put his body through great efforts of standing still in all sorts of imposible positions, but he also put an impressive deal of work in maintaining the appearance of "natural" through his clothes. His suit and tie are strapped to his body and his hair is gelled in order to look as if he's standing, when he's actually hanging upside down. It's these tiny details that make all the difference in the world, making this one of the most creative, unique and utterly remarkable photography projects I've ever seen and, hopefully, a dose of motivation and inspiration for you, too.