30 hours alone, lying on the ground, eyes riveted on his lens: that’s the amount of patience Michaël needed to photograph this bear in Finland, a few kilometres from the Russian border. It is a very shy animal and flees at the slightest sign of danger.
It is also a story of handing down values: a photograph is the ideal pretext for talking about nature, its protection, and the preservation of species with younger generations, such as his godchildren.
And to ensure this vital task, Michaël has founded an association: Prenons la pause. “We raise awareness of the need to protect biodiversity and use the medium of photography, particularly of wildlife, as an educational tool.” Prenons la pause has staged around fifteen exhibitions over the past year in public spaces such as parks, gardens, schools and libraries... The association also organises awareness-raising workshops and is holding a second festival in October 2022. It will bring together exhibitors, speakers and workshops, and 800 schoolchildren have already signed up.
2 cameras: a Canon 5D Mark IV and a Canon R6
And some additional equipment! A tripod, camouflage gear, a tent, etc.
What training have you had?
I am self-taught, working by instinct, directly in the field, and by listening to the advice of my favourite photographers.
Retouching, are you for or against?
I'm not spontaneously in favour, and I don’t do it myself. But it could sometimes help me to “save” a photo: you don’t necessarily get the chance to capture a rare moment twice, and if at the time the conditions are not great (low light for example), then retouching could help to save the photo! So I’m not ruling it out!