Morgane Erpicum Is a landscape and minimalist photographer based out of Brussels. Her work is compiled using both 35mm and medium format film cameras.
Could you tell us a bit about how you fell in love with photography?
I followed scientific courses all my life, but have always been dabbling with different forms of artistic expressions on the side. I enjoy spending quite a bit of time alone and during these moment have tried my hand at painting, writing, drawing, while developing a keen interest for design and architecture.
I have also been traveling a lot since the completion of my studies. I have very quickly felt the need to capture these experiences visually but struggled the find the medium that allowed me to express my feelings most freely. Then, in 2015, my husband gave me a 35mm Olympus OM1. I was immediately seduced by analog photography’s grain, textures and wonderful latitude. Since then, I have been documenting my escapes on film.
Clearly your work has a very dreamy aesthetic. How important do you think film is in creating the look that you want as opposed to shooting digital images?
What I love about film is its tangibility. Shooting film is a very sensory experience: the click of the shutter release, the winding of the film, the weight of the film roll in your hand, containing these precious negatives. On top of this, I think that shooting film really makes you reflect upon the aesthetics you are aiming for. Experimenting with stock and scanning preferences has given me a trajectory in my work; it allows you to get more precise. I haven’t even mentioned the incomparable tones and light of film; I think they really do speak for themselves.
Do you have a favorite film stock?
Right now, it is Portra 160 for bright summer days, and Portra 400 as a very adaptable all-rounder.
What’s your favorite image that you have captured?
Right now, I think it’s this photo I took last November in the Icelandic Highlands, right at the beginning of a snow storm.
What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of creating images?
The constraints of weight and space being what they are when backpacking, I am mostly working with very tight photo quotas. This taught me the luxury of taking time when lining up. Its downside is that I sometimes get flustered in stressful and rushed situations. I used to be much faster when I focused on street photography, and this is a skill I am definitely willing to master: precision and calm regardless of circumstances.
Any advice you wish you could give to your younger self when first starting out in photography?
Stop looking around at what other people are doing. Take time to breathe before you snap the shutter, find inspiration in every little detail, and buy good lenses.
Any future projects that you can tell us about?
Some of my work is being shown in an exhibition based on various interpretations of the word “Escape” at Joya Brussels until the end of August. I am also part of a project with Chump magazine, which will exhibit analog photographs in the streets of Edmonton, Canada from the 7th of July and have a solo exhibition lined up for November at Corner 41 in Brussels.