Daniel Metz lives in Grenoble, in the Rhone-Alpes region in France. It is therefore no accident that the mountain environment has become an important leitmotiv in his photography. Alongside his activity as a graphic designer and image professional, he has developed a passion for the 8th art, a passion that allows him to capture the beauty of the landscapes he encounters and to share his vision. He thus prefers to adopt the approach of an amateur photographer, in the best sense of the word, in order to express his own tastes, without the constraints of commissions or the need for profitability. A fan of naturalism, above all he strives to make his photos as faithful as possible to the reality he perceives, so that the spectator can experience the same pleasure and fascination he feels in the face of the harmony and grandeur of nature. His series on contemporary China is intended above all as a testament to a traditional past that is now dying out, owing to the major upheavals and booming development that the country is experiencing. ...See moreSee less
Sight is the sense that brings me the most pleasure. More than taste, hearing, or touch. Photography, even if it is a reduction of a real scene, can sometimes provide strong visual sensations.
Your inspiration (artistically, in particular)?
My approach is to find in landscape photography the right balance between realism and the idealisation of reality. The search for an ideal photo is an endless quest. My best photograph is the one I would’ve loved to have taken.
What characterises your style?
In landscape photographs, I’m looking for purity of form as an aesthetic element, while also letting the colours take their own course.
The context of creation of this series?
In the Chinese series, even though the beauty of the landscapes is often enough to take beautiful photos, it was important to me to encourage the presence of local inhabitants, so as to include aspects of Chinese culture and civilisation.
Do you have an anecdote to share with us?
For the photo Guilin Scenery, I had to enter a strictly prohibited military area that is off limits to the public in order to photograph the most beautiful sugar loaves in this region. I was stopped for questioning by the military police and held in custody for half a day. The colonel of the zone told me that in this case, the normal procedure was a thorough verification of my intentions, corresponding to a detention of a minimum of two years. However, by the end of the afternoon, having managed to convince him that my only motivations were artistic, I was authorised to take the bus to Guilin. The soldier had taken the memory card out of my camera to confiscate it. Fortunately, it was a high quality camera with two memory cards (one as a back-up).
The photo that you would love to have taken?
It’s a photo that’s in my head and that might be taken one day…
Your most recent award / finest achievement?
I’m most proud of the fact that I returned to China to find a very poor, old fisherman who had been the subject of one of my photos and give him a share of the proceeds from that photo.
Your upcoming projects?
My next project is to go to Hong Kong and climb the steep northeastern hills to take a panoramic photograph.
Your favourites among the YK collection?
Among photographic fields that I don’t master myself, I’m impressed by the work of Pan Yue and Bobby Vu.