London based Jean Cazals is an award winning Food and Drink Photographer. With the ability to turn the simplest of food products into art and a unique eye for colours, lights and shapes, he produces images that fall nothing short of heavenly. Check out the following interview with Jean to find out just how he has been so successful and you never know, you might learn a thing or two…
When did you start with your photography business, how long have you been in the industry?
I’ve been in the industry for 25 years.
How did you start doing what you do, what inspired you?
I studied at LCP and have always been interested in the arts. I guess coming from a family of writers, architects and artists helped. I started with portraits and people then moved on to food. The 2 things I do enjoy in life!
What part of your work do you enjoy the most?
When you see the composition, the light, the shapes, all working together. It’s heaven! Sometimes I don’t have my camera but the fact that I saw it is enough. I enjoy all aesthetics things in life.
What is the most interesting thing that has happened to you in your professional career, or who were you most excited to work with?
That’s a tough one! There are so many for so many reasons. I’ve had the opportunity to shoot some amazing people like Quincy Jones. I’ve shot great creative chefs and spent time travelling and wandering around the world’s markets.
What do you consider to be your biggest professional achievement?
Being able to be successful doing what I want and doing it well… I hope !
What resources do you use to promote your work?
Well, meeting people. I’m always keeping an eye on what’s happening. Using Production Paradise as well as other social medias and creating projects, submitting them… It’s important to be alert and always passionate!
What have you found most useful about being a Production Paradise member?
I like the layout of the site, it’s interactive and useful but also a pleasure to look at. It flows. It informs you on all aspects of photography and its peripheral. Your work is being shown around the world in an inspiring way. And the people at P.P. are very nice too!!
Have you made any interesting connections through Production Paradise?
Not personally but work-wise yes, obviously! People see your work and call, email etc…
Any interesting anecdotes that happened to you recently?
Yes, I just won the ‘Best Food Photographer 2012’ award sponsored By Pink Lady Apples out of 3000 entries from 60 countries!
Photography will remain but more as an art form. The digital has taken away certain magic about photography. Everyone wants to be a photographer. Everyone can indeed take a picture but not create one, that’s for sure.
Integrity is key and that’s what I say to all the people emailing me to work with me. You must follow your rhythm, your feelings, and quality will shine through somehow.