Alexis Gerard

8 May

1)  How long have you been taking photos?
I got my first camera, a Kodak Instamatic 104, when I was 10 and photographed enthusiastically until entering my teenage years. I started again in my mid 20’s (1977) and haven’t stopped since.
2) Why do you take photos?
I’m still trying to get to the bottom of that for myself.  The best I can say today is that I’m increasingly aware of what a miracle it is to experience the physical world in its endless variety, complexity and bewilderingness. And also, very importantly, in its impermanence. Those sentiments color the way I see, and my photos are attempts to isolate vignettes that express them.
3) What’s your favourite camera
Portability and unobtrusiveness are very important to me. They imply some compromises, which I try to minimize by using the best small camera available. For the past 18 months most of my images have been shot with a Panasonic Lumix LX-5. Hold it to 200 ISO max and it’s an absolutely wonderful tool, on par with my favorite film camera ever, the Contax-T.  I particularly enjoy the switch on the lens barrel that enables me to change aspect ratios (1:1, 2:3, 3:4, 16:9) before even turning the camera on. so I’m ready to shoot immediately.
4) Favourite Location?
Planet Earth
5) Favourite Lens?
The LX5 has a f/2.0 -3.3 24 – 90mm. Leica DC Vario-Summicron zoom lens.

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22 Responses to “Alexis Gerard”

  1. dbugatto May 8, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

    Been a fan of Alexis’s work for some time , nice post.

    • Alexis Gerard May 10, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

      Many thanks Dominic!

  2. Barry Falk May 9, 2012 at 6:16 am #

    nice interview excellent set of images – captures a sense of ambiguity and fascination in the most mundane settings (particularly like the lift lobby and packaged xmas tree)

  3. Philippe Yong May 9, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    A small sample of Alexis’s immense and diverse photographic talents…

  4. Marie Noëlle Taine May 12, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    I can see a kind of humor in your series… I ever like your work, Alexis. The abandoned Christmas tree is a great one for me !
    We have a common point : I started also photographing with a Kodak Instamatic 104 when I was a child.

  5. Alexis Gerard May 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    Hello Marie Noëlle! Perhaps in both our cases starting out with an Instamatic 104 explains in part why we enjoy the square format so much? Thank you for sharing that with me, and for your kind comment about this series – and of course also for your wonderful images that I enjoy so much on Flickr

  6. georgia smith May 22, 2012 at 3:58 am #

    good feature. well said. fine set of pictures.

    • Alexis Gerard May 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

      Thank you Georgia! I find so much of what I’m trying to do beautifully realized in your images.

  7. Warren (Fasene) Dawson May 22, 2012 at 4:07 am #

    Nice selection; I like the absurd in your photos Alexis – tempered always by warmth. I like what you say about impermanence – maybe the drive to frame it and capture it somehow (its a big topic!). Well done, keep shooting.

    • Alexis Gerard May 23, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

      Thank you Warren, for this and for your beautiful pictures.

  8. Jim Hart May 22, 2012 at 4:19 am #

    Nice little interview — good to see these photos again — some of my favorites.

    • Alexis Gerard May 23, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

      Thank you Jim, for this and for the inspiration I always get from your images

  9. Jan May 22, 2012 at 4:24 am #

    Alexis.. you have a gift!

    OT: the LX5 is such a fine camera. I was in love with my LX3 sadly it was damaged beyond repair. I should purchase a new one.

    • Alexis Gerard May 22, 2012 at 4:40 am #

      Thanks so much Jan. Before the LX5 I had an LX3 -and LOVED it. I think the 5 is markedly better than the 3, particularly in low light. Just keep the ISO at 200 max, and turn in-camera noise reduction off. I’m pretty sure you’ll be delighted. All the best to you, Alexis

  10. Ed Engel May 22, 2012 at 6:15 am #

    Nice (if brief) interview. One reason I enjoy your images is the way you capture, with wit and whimsy, the unseen yet remarkable hidden in quotidian life.

    • Alexis Gerard May 22, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

      Thank you very much for these eloquent and kind words Ed!

  11. John Lamont May 22, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    Enjoy your work. It’s a bonus to get something of your background.

    • Alexis Gerard May 23, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

      Thank you John, much appreciated

  12. Alan O'Riordan June 14, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

    I can see why you’ve had so many positive comments! You have a great eye. I particularly like the toilet shot.

    • Alexis Gerard June 14, 2012 at 11:50 pm #

      Thank you very much for your kind words Alan!

  13. elzopi September 8, 2012 at 6:44 am #

    more wonderful work, alexis. always love your use of color and the complex, and often ironic, scenes you manage to see

    • Alexis Gerard September 9, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

      Thank you so much for this wonderful feedback

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