Different Breed: Eric Bouvet x X-Pro3 / FUJIFILM


I do not think I could have lived so intensely, had so much happiness, if I hadn’t reached out to all these people, and most importantly I wouldn’t have learned so much, Eric Bouvet, Fujifilm ambassador, and the X-Pro3 I was born in 1961. I was lucky enough to live the golden era of photojournalism, starting in 1980 “” when I join the Gamma agency, for a decade. I’ve been a freelancer since 1990 and I’ve worked for great international magazines, such as Time, Newsweek and Life in the US, Stern in Germany, The Sunday Times in London, Paris Match in France… Compared to the photography I used to make “” the hard-line photography, heir to what Gilles Caron or Capa did, what’s interesting in photography today is that bridges have been built. We see classical art photography, documentary photography, or contemporary photography, just as well. For example, when you go see a contemporary exhibition, you learn something. That is some information. That is the new photojournalism, and it’s much more rewarding and interesting. To test-ride this camera, “on the road” , we visited today two different places. At the Pilat dune, a place incredibly rich with people, with tourists, a kind of buzzing hive in such a wonderful place. Then right here, in La Teste, with the oyster shacks. Here it is more about materials, and this very peculiar atmosphere of oyster fishing. It is almost like Street Photography, except we are on the sand and not on the asphalt. We settle down, find a spot, and we wait for people to pass through the frame we envision. Really, we set up a trap and people fall into it! So, the “X Series” history started for me in 2011 I went to Tripoli with an X100, when they took Gaddafi’s barracks. Then, in 2012, I got 2 X-Pro1, and since then it’s been very logical: X-T1, X-T2, then X-Pro2 and now the X-Pro3! I don’t smile often, so that means something! It is low-profile, it’s thin, it’s beautiful. You want to hold it, to touch it, to put your eye into it. You want to work with it. With the X-Pro2, I used the screen a lot. On this one, there is something amazing: it is now a touch screen, when I press on it, it takes a picture. Wonderful, isn’t it? I remember the questions when I traveled to Japan, to improve, to get more fun” ; That was amazing, because we really spoke about photography. I think the X-Pro3 is not only for people who enjoy technology and cameras What changed between the X-Pro2 and the X-Pro3 is less buttons. We need an aperture, a shutter speed dial, an ISO setting, exposure compensation right under your thumb, and a release button. That is all we need! The autofocus is quicker, we even get more than 8 or 10 frames per second. There are 2 extra millions pixels, and we also gained in low-light ISO, in picture quality. My 3 favorite lenses are equivalent to a 35 mm, a 50 mm and a 75 mm, with an F2 aperture. I can do anything with these. So, here’s an interesting place, with nothing happening. It’s always interesting to make pictures where nothing happens – that’s actually what’s most difficult. Lines help when you look for your composition. In today’s photogaphy, I feel it’s too bad: there are many contemplative photos in which they shot what was before their eyes, but they lost something of the kind of photography Henri Cartier-Bresson liked, when he said we were geometers. Anyways, it is still a very good exercise for the eye. What am I interested in, in photography? In my opinion, it’s simple: this camera is a link that allows me to reach out for someone different. The X-Pro3 in one word? Two! I want two! And more seriously, I would answer: “pleasure” !

7 Comments

  1. Боря Дюпон October 23, 2019 at 5:32 am

    Sublime! Tout ce que tu dis et tout ce que Fujifilm a fait avec ce X-pro3 est très exactement ce dont j'ai toujours rêvé et qui est désormais accessible. MERCI!

  2. Philip Sutton October 23, 2019 at 8:13 am

    Eric's photographs are second to none. I'm been following him for years and his work is exquisite! You could give him an instamatic and he'd come home with the work in the bag. Even a crappy/ginky silly camera like this new Pro3 – he can even get good shots with that. No amount of promo shots like this would get me to change from my X-H1's. Fuji certainly went backwoods with this new gimmicky camera – have no idea what they were thinking! Philip

  3. Jean-Marc Chenu October 23, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Il a l'air content Eric !!!!!!! Cela fait plaisir à voir. Belles images.

  4. Thorsten Wulff October 23, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Decisive usability for decisive moments. A very exciting camera, which is clearly not for everybody. Chapeau, Fujifilm, and bonjour Eric!

  5. GoMoR ProD October 23, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    j'allais partir sur le XT 3 mais ce matin j'apprends la sortie du xpro 3 je partais sur ce boitier pour la qualitée photo mais aussi et surtout pour la vidéo et apparemment celui la a l'air d'avoir les même caractéristiques que le XT3 mais personne n'en parle!

  6. Brian Eaves October 23, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Did you shoot anything in low light? What did you think? and what's the Auto Focus like in low light?

  7. yoonseul윤슬 October 23, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    02:47 the stupidest thing i've ever seen 😂

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