Francoise’s creative process
Francoise takes us through her complete creative process. She often visualises the end result before taking the shot – sometimes even months before (although some shots happen by chance and are born into something on their own.)
Regardless, vision is the most important:
- Get the shot (this requires a lot of patience). “I like simplicity and focusing only on the subject, and therefore like the backgrounds to disappear through overexposure.”
- She does very little post-processing. However, she enjoys subtle colours and play with them to affect different outcomes.
- Some of her work, specifically portraits, are multimedia work, which are made up of a few hand-collaged and hand-painted photographs.
- Prepare the artwork for print, which is a complicated process made up of many test prints and tweaking for getting the colour and quality spot on. She uses archival paper to print on as each paper gives a different finish due to slight tone and texture variations.
Each process is important and plays a crucial part in the final product: from vision and capturing (which settings to use to get the result you looking for), to post-processing, paper and printing all the way through to framing. But, through each process, you need creative vision. Without that, you have nothing.