Christophe Kiciak

I live in France and my initial thought about my work is that creating a new image is a whole process to me. Some photographers can instinctively recognize a worthy situation, find the best angle, and shoot it, all in a matter of seconds. This is a talent I don’t have. However, what I can do is imagine concepts, draw several rough sketches to see how they could be efficiently translated into pictures, determine all the various photos I am going to need, hunt patiently for them, plan additional shooting sessions, and assemble everything on the computer.

I always use only my own photos as source material, never stock photos. Entirely controlling my work is very important to me. As a result, my images are like personal statements, a bit like a novel for a writer. Everyone is free to like or dislike, to agree with my point of view or not, but in fact is there is no cheating in them. The work is entirely original. My images are the direct reflection of my thoughts, the traces of my existence.

Some of my more notable acknowledgements include; People’s Choice Creative Edit Winner at 1x Photo Awards, 2017 for “The Great Covtete;” Silver Medal (Experimental category) at the Trierenberg Super Circuit 2017 International Contest for “Mother Love;” Best In Competition for both “Strong and Powerful” and “Four Elements” hosted by the International organization Exhibitions Without Walls; and Gold Medal (category “No worries – Luck, Happiness & Fun’) at the Trierenberg Super Circuit 2014 International Contest for “Underwater Hurdling.”

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