We've followed French Photographer Ludwig Favre online for quite some time now. Capturing otherworldly, surreal empty structures and landscapes, the lensman's imagery looks as though they came straight from the set of a Wes Anderson movie. As a publication obsessed with colour and structure, we thought it was about time that we gave the award-winning photographer a call to discuss his craft and bond over our mutual love of all things bright and beautiful.
Tell us a little bit about yourself, what are you up to at the moment?
I studied communication, multimedia and art history. I passed by the school of Les Gobelins and also worked for a French TV channel for the economic magazine Capital. Afterwards, I continued my route by working in communication and Web photo. I now work in partnership with marks as Standard, Leica. Photography was always natural to me; I'm really interested in architecture and landscape.
Do you remember the first time you picked up a camera?
When I was 9 or 10 years old with my father, it was a Canon.
Hong Kong, 2016
How often do you travel to create new work?
At least six times a year, in USA, Iceland, Asia and France.
Some of the locations and landscapes you've shot are quite surreal, what sort of things do you look out for and how hard is it to scout out new places?
I'm always seeking to be surprised impressed, touched by a new location, so I do a lot of research in books and on the internet. I love landscapes and places, things that are oversized in relation us humans. I like it when people become a tiny part of the photo
What's more important to you, the colours or structure?
Both are essential for giving consistency to the photo to me; the two are complementary.
Palm Springs, America.
To you, what makes a good image?
For me, a beautiful picture is a centred photograph with perfect whites and complementary colours; I guess that will help you understand the context in which my images are taken.
Have you ever had a creative epiphany? How did you find your voice?
I trust my feeling to approach a series of photos, I'm directed by the beauty of a place or a country, or of a city I actually walk to the feeling
Lastly, what advice would you give to those who would like to do something similar?
To listen to their passions because it is necessary to be passionate. To capture a photo, one might have to learn to be alone, rise early and stay up late, have the wait for the most beautiful natural light and to love to walk. Mainly to photograph every day to improve, because you'll learn from each image.