Credit : Scoopdyga/Pierre Costabadie
Friday 12 April - 16h15 | Ian Clayton
Photographers captured many impressive images of last weekend's Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final and FEI Dressage Final in Gothenburg, Sweden. Below, a look back at the 2019 Finals from a few different angles, as photographed by Pierre Costabadie. Also, some translated excerpts from Costabadie's 2018 interview with jump-inside.com.
Starting out in the profession"When I began [in the mid-nineties] you really had to be a photographer to take pictures. We were still using film at the time [as opposed to digital photography]. It was complicated for those of us who were trying to take pictures; you had to pay a lot for developing them, so there was not a big competition and there weren’t many of us. Being a photographer was enough to make one’s place and start making a living in this profession." A photographer is like a journalist"A photographer is like a journalist. When you are given a subject, you must be able to bring back images – within an hour, two hours, five hours or more – that tell a story without captions. The goal is not to get 500,000 pictures of a horse from all angles and one acceptable one among the lot, then post it on Facebook after tons of Photoshop treatment. You have to develop your subject and it's a real profession. You have to be able to tell a story with pictures." Continued below.
"I wish I had the answer – that would mean I knew what will happen and I would have a head start on my colleagues! I think in the next 3–4 years it will not change too much. In the longer term it's more complicated: we will always be faced with a competition from others coming up... I also think that we will work more and more for brands and not for the media.""Today, anyone is able to produce a good photo with quality equipment, but that does not make them photographers. Trained photographers have often developed their skills with film. That training was so expensive that we could not just have fun taking 2000 photos over a weekend to get three good ones. [For me], people like Christophe Bricot, Dirk Caremans, Jacques Toffi, and Arnd Brokhorst are true photographers."For the original interview in French, see here. [Image dimensions re-sized/cropped].
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