Gwendal Peron's instagram feed is full of skate and music pics, but he stepped out of that genre for his series for ALTER/ANALOG. We love his mantra "Buy film not pixels!" Here is his bio in his own words:
"I’m Gwendal Peron, 20 years old, I lived around Tours many years and I'm now in Paris. I work in food photography, and I'm in a film school.
I collect a lot of old camera, and I try to experiment with many things in analog photography (like 3D with a nishika n8000, double exposure, different film etc…)
I work a lot with a rock band, I make cover artwork, music videos and photos of their gigs.
I'm currently working in a group of 6 photographers on a project called “Across the Universe “, directed by Alexis Manchion, and there will be an exhibition in Paris by September."
Gwendal is on instagram at @gwendalperon
ALTER/ANALOG: Your photos really have the feel of France, your home place. How much does France influence your work?
GP: I don’t really think I’m influenced by France in my work, I follow a lot of photographers from all around the world, but there is like a French mood, and I actually never realized that, it’s quite funny. Inspiration comes from all the little things around us, and yes I may have been influenced by my sweet country.
But my influence comes more from rock culture, and surrealism.
ALTER/ANALOG: How did you create these images?
GP: This short series was made with a prism filter (the cokin x7). I first saw some images like that and I really wanted to buy one! I was seeking for it in flea market during a year, and I finally find it for 10€. I was also experimenting with some expired film and red scale.
I love the psychedelic images that it produces (and how weird it is looking with a prism like that screwed in front of your lens aha)
ALTER/ANALOG: What got you interested in alt processing?
GP: I really love film for the multiple possibilities you have in alt processing, there is something magical about it, even if I lost a lot of pictures in the process, it's part of the game! I work with numeric for some paid work, but I find it tasteless, each film and camera combo has it's own character.
Buy film not pixels!
ALTER/ANALOG: How long have you been shooting film?
GP: I bought my first film camera 3 or 4 years ago, a minolta XGM, for very cheap. And I immediately fell in love with the process of film photography, I feel like a true photograph has to be on film.