From the outside looking in, photography seems like a simple term. When you take a step back and consider it as a whole, the art must be broken down into various photography genres. For those who choose to create regular practice – or even become a professional photographer – it is normal to become specialized in one genre. For Thierry that specialty is landscape photographer, however he experimented with other styles before choosing.
Coming from the fashion world, it was a natural transition for some of Thierry’s first experiments to include fashion shoots. This particular style of photography tends to focus on the clothing or accessories that the model is wearing. There is no rule as to whether or not the shoot will take place in a studio, outdoors or otherwise. Final photos typically appear in fashion media publications.
This is the genre that ultimately won Thierry over. Landscape photographs typically capture nature in its purist form. It may include man-made forms and/or animals, however this is usually determined by the individual photographers’ style. Typical landscapes include mountains, fields, rivers, orchards, etc. – objects that are traditionally stationary.
Stock photography are a supply of photographs that can be licensed for various uses. These were among the first genres of photography to appear and continue to be a strong category – both in practice and economically. There are diverse sub-categories of stock images, however they are typically generic images of people, items, scenes, animals, etc. In many cases, the subjects of the photographs are staged and do not appear to be in a natural, spontaneous situation.
Much like landscapes seek to highlight a landscape’s natural beauty, the nude genre seeks to highlight the human body. When done true to form, the artistic work focuses on the human form from a solely artistic angle – without any sexual or erotic emotions associated (that type of photography falls into the erotic and/or pornography genre). In most nude photographs the model’s face is not the focus, but the story being told by their body.
Portrait photography focuses on an individual or group to highlight them as people and capture their personality in an image. There can be many forms of portraits including clinical, artistic, functions (wedding/school) and beyond. The core of a portrait is the model(s)’s story. The photographer will use lighting, environment, surroundings, etc. to build emotions and tale that is captured in the final shot.