Featured Photographer: Leslie Duranton



"I feel like I am on my way to meeting my goals and I should keep moving."

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How did you get to where you are now in your career?

Since I am a child my father love photography, he was always taking landscape photo and also lot of pictures of me. This is how I did love modeling, being in front of the cameras and express my feelings. And when I did grew up at 6 years old I did start creating my own clothes for my barbies and i this is how my admiration for fashion came from and when I had 15 years old I started to take picture and express my vision of fashion. On my first fashion photos I was my own model, because I wanted to understand properly what it is to be a photographer and what is the role of a model, I did start doing it properly when I was 18 years old. Sometimes I could wake up in late night, choose some clothes, do my own make up and my hair and make real the image that was on my mind. Most of the time for me a photography is like a painting, just I don't use paint to keep my image but my camera. I wasn't satisfy with the quality of my photos, but people that saw my pictures thought it was good, I wasn't convicted with it so I decided to keep going to reach the perfection, I wanted my photo to be powerful, beautiful and of course professional, so when I turned 22 years old I did started to study photography at Ecole de Condé in Lyon (France).

What is your opinion on modeling education?

I did studied photography, I am supposed to graduate this years. It wasn't easy because I had lot of pressure, with the teachers and the student. The first year was my introduction in photography, I felt like I was in heaven, but more the time was passing the harder it was... I did get confused many times, I wasn't feel confident in my talent so I did happened to drope it. But each time I did look at my photos and I did realise my evolution, I do feel proud of my self and it did gave me the brave to keep going on.

What person has been your inspiration in life? Who is your hero?

Tim Burton, Leonard Da Vinci, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana, Walt Disney, Martin Luther King, Ghandi, Dalaï lama, Mandela, Mike Shinoda, Louis XIV, Nephertiti, San Goku,... I am my own hero.

Do you feel like you've met your goals?

I feel like I am on my way to meeting my goals and I should keep moving.

If you had to do it over again, what would you change?

Nothing, because I think that this is how things was suppose to be to bring me on the right way.

Do you have any tips?

Believe in yourself, open your eyes and see what you have been doing since you are a child. Keep going what makes you happy and if you think it is hard to make it come true, that means success is just behind the door so believe in your dreams.

How do you stay inspired?

I do keep my eyes on Art, I do listen a lot at scientific documentaries and travelling helps me also to understand the world.

What photography related things do you recommend?

When you take a picture, make your eye see what you want to make true.

What's your favourite camera?

hasselblad.

Booking information:

Instagram: @leslie_duranton_metogo

Website: www.lesliedurantonmetogo.com

Email: durantonleslie@yahoo.com


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