“My name is Laurent Dumas; I am a wildlife and adventure photographer from France, and also a student in veterinary medicine. I started photography almost ten years ago when I felt I had something to say but with no words. My deep passion for nature, and all that’s involved with it, rapidly led me to wildlife photography. I started photography probably with the worst camera back in the days, stolen from my father. That beast works with standard cell batteries.
Since then, my passion became my work beside my studies and took me to some of the most incredible places in the world; Following the wolves in the heart of winter in the Yellowstone, breaking the Arctic ice around the North Pole, solo paddling in Sweden, ice climbing in Iceland, or getting stuck in the mud deep in the Peruvian Amazon, at the border with Bolivia.
Wildlife photography nowadays is going through its biggest transformation since it first appeared, only a few decades ago: it’s becoming an art, a real one, different from all the others, and not only dedicated to documentaries. Nature is now celebrated through wildlife photography as a raw form of esthetic, that can provide some deep moments of contemplation and introspection.
I work in a very minimalistic way that I believe, shows the subject even better when it’s included in its environment. Like others, I claim the conceptualization of wildlife photography. I don’t want my pictures to show as it is, I want my spectator to feel and evoke, and not just to consume the picture like any other goods.
I work both in bright and dark ways, and my style is close to monochrome, with no or very few colors, the ultimate form of minimalism. The more I grow up, the more I am attracted to the deeply dark images, where subjects almost disappear; I like to play with dark shades like painters, such as Pierre Soulages, and I am actually solely inspired by other artists: painters, musicians, street photographers… I believe that art can truly progress and get better by learning from others, by making the difference meet. Rembrandt, Cartier Bresson, or JS Bach as a consequence, had a very strong influence on the way I see the world through my camera.
Among others, I had the chance to exhibit my photographs in Siena, Milan, London, Birmingham, Lloret de Mar (Spain), Oviedo (Spain), Moscow, Namur (Belgium) and many other incredible places during the last 5 years, and you can now find my photography on my instagram where you’ll be able to follow my whitewater kayaking, mountaineering, climbing, and photographic adventures. ”