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Mat Hemon

What’s your name?

My name is Mat Hemon

Where are you from?

From France, Bayonne in Bask Country


How old are you?

28

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What was your dream job as a child?

Professional dreamer

Day or Night?

Day

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City or country?

both

If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go?

Australia, Iceland, California

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How did you get into photography?

the day i moved for the first time from France to a surf trip in Ireland. I’ve taked a small DSLR for some memories, and from these days i’ve never stop.

What means photography to you?

Free, escape, great meetings, memories and a different way to watch the life

What kind of photographer are you?

I would say simple, sedate and curious to learn everytime

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Digital or film?

Both. I’m this guy who start with a digit camera, it’s perfect for learning quickly tips here and there. 5 years ago, my stepfather gave me his “old” Nikon FE2 with a 35 & 105mm lens + 1 Kodak Tri-X. It was a revelation, real photography, composition, light, reflection… Since, i’m total in love with analog photography.

Color or black and white?

on film: 35mm black & white, 120mm colors. In digit, both, it depend the subject.

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Small or big prints?

Big prints are sexy

Portrait or horizontally?

before portrait really often, these days horizontally

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How many cameras do you own?

4 differents cameras

Your typical shooting gear?

Canon 5D mark III with the 17-40mm, 50mm 1.4 and 70-200mm f2.8. For my personnal work: Nikon FE2 with the 35mm f2.8 & the 105mm f2,5 + Kodak Tri-X. Yashica 124mat G + Kodak portra 400 and a point and shoot Olympus super Zoom 70.

What do you think makes a memorable photo?

Honestly? The chance in a certain way… : good place, good light, good people/subject and the good moment.

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Whose work has influenced you most?

The list can be long… it depend periods : Alex Webb, Trent Parke, Raymond Depardon, Jon Frank, Cole Barash, Todd Glaser, Dustin Humphrey… and many more !

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What drives your creativity?

a good photo book (ex:The Suffering of Light-Alex Webb, DIY from Matt Georges…), a black coffee and good shoes

Your biggest dream?

live photography.. like everyone i suppose…

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Mat Hemon

Mat Hémon is a photographer from France.
You can follow him on Instagram and Facebook and visit his website.