Daniel Metz vit à Grenoble, en région Rhône-Alpes. Aussi n'est-ce pas un hasard si l'environnement montagneux s'impose comme leitmotiv de ses travaux photographiques. En parallèle de son activité de graphiste et de professionnel de l'image, il a en effet développé une passion pour la pratique du 8e art, passion lui permettant de saisir la beauté des paysages rencontrés et d'en partager la vision. Il préfère ainsi adopter une démarche de photographe amateur, dans le bon sens du terme, afin de laisser s'exprimer ses propres goûts, sans se voir contraint par des commandes ou des besoins de rentabilité. Adepte du naturalisme, il cherche avant tout à ce que ses photos soient les plus fidèles possible à la réalité perçue, afin que le spectateur puisse connaître ce même plaisir et cette fascination ressentie face à l'harmonie et la grandeur de la nature. Sa série sur la Chine contemporaine se veut avant tout le témoignage d'un passé traditionnel en voie de disparition face aux bouleversements et au développement accru que le pays rencontre. ...Voir plusVoir moins
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.