Leo Xandre is a Turkish analog photographer who lives and studies in Belgium. He started his photography 2 years ago and he loves how film photos reflect the ‘reality away from reality’. As opposed to shooting hundreds of pictures at a time, Leo chooses to shoot less photos and puts effort into every single frame he takes instead.
How did the idea for the series come about?
The series is about showing and reflecting the model’s personality. I’m just documenting what that person wants to show. With different people, you’ll get different feelings and photos. Even though I’m using the same location and the same equipment, the outcome always varies. Before every shoot I like to talk to my models first and ask them questions to get to know them better and then usually ideas come to my mind.
How do you approach these intimate shoots?
As I said before I try to show a person’s personality, so every time I just try to find a better way how to reflect it.
Can we photograph the female body differently in a more powerful way?
Photography is a broad subject. There is no one way, a good or a bad way. It just depends on how you see art. Just mix your perspective, your own style and your equipment.
What inspires you?
Beauty inspires me. And I want to show it the way I see it. Beauty is not just about how a person looks it is also about their personality. I want to mix both beauty and personality and show them in the way I see the world.
Film or digital?
Of course film. I only use analog cameras. I don’t take thousands of pictures. On my shoots I usually use 3 rolls of film which is about 108 photos and I put all my effort in that 108 photos.
What makes you happy?
To find someone I can talk with.
What’s next for you?
First I’m planning to finish my degree as I study Business Management Marketing. And then I will see how can I mix it with photography.
photography: leo xandre