T+L's Photo Contest Finalists: Chloe Boudreau
Chloe Boudreau, a Massachusetts-based photographer, found her love for photo-taking after spending time in the dark room. “I believe this ‘back to basics’ foundation in photography has made me not only a stronger photographer, but has forced me to be purposeful with each shot I take,” said Boudreau.
Her shot of a fisherman standing on a rock in a river grabbed our judges’ attention and landed her on our list of finalists. Take a look at some her favorite shots below, and vote for our finalists.
T+L: Tell us a little about yourself as a photographer.
Chloe Boudreau: My love of photography started in the darkroom. I believe this “back to basics” foundation in photography has made me not only a stronger photographer, but has forced me to be purposeful with each shot I take. I soon transitioned to digital cameras and I have not put my camera down since.
T+L: How would describe your style of photography?
CB: My style of photography has two strong influences. I love candid portraits and I love fashion. I am naturally drawn to bold vibrant colors and quirky moments that inspire emotion. I am also very particular in the way I frame a shot; I prefer to have my image’s content not leaving any part out.
T+L: What do you look for when looking for a great shot?
CB: The one thing I look for in a good shot is pure emotion. I love that feeling when my heart and my eyes are one and that feeling is perfectly captured in my photography. I also want my composition to have no distraction in the background. I will often take 20 pictures of the same moment with extremely subtle differences.
T+L: What do you think makes a great travel photographer?
CB: I believe a great travel photographer can make the viewer escape for a few moments to the place where the image was photographed. It is difficult in this fast moving world to make a viewer pause for a moment and imagine themselves in that place or if they have already been in the place look back on the destination with their own memories or to see it in a different way. A great travel photographer can encapsulate all of that in a single amazing shot.
T+L: Do you have a favorite photo or photographer that has influenced your work?
CB: One of my favorite photographers is Garry Winogrand. His witty and candid style of street photo endlessly inspires me in my own endeavors.
This photo was taken in London, while visiting Stonehenge.
This photo was taken in a park in Toyko, Japan, where a group of street dancers danced all day to Elvis music.
At the Temple
A temple in Japan. The notes are bad fortunes.
This photo is of a women in a small kebob restaurant in Japan. I took this photo the moment she turned to me.
Women's feet as they danced in perfect coordination.
This photo was taken at Loch Ness in Scotland. The water is so still it creates a perfect reflection of the mountains.
An amazing moment at a festival as one boy whispers into the ear of another and the other children look on.
I ran over to this man to take the photo as I saw his bright purple board out of the corner of my eye. I love the pop of color and the surfer's hair in this photo.
At highland dance competition in Scotland. The young girl had just found out that she had not made it into the next round of the completion.
On the tiny peninsula of Knoydart, in Scotland, a couple invited me into their home and while exploring I took this photo of their laundry and house.