Francois Boutemy's fascination with photography has grown into a daily occupation, a natural conclusion arising from a childhood interest in the use of imagery as commentary on the world around him. In particular, becoming 'graphically literate' has perhaps evolved from Dyslexia, the aptitude and development of expression through visual images came far more naturally than translating meaning through written words, in this sense it is Francois' first language. Based in London, in residence at Simulacra Studio, which has continued to grow since it's 2006 launch, he is never short of subject matter and stimulation. Drawing on life experience, he has always been particularly taken with the challenge and inspiration of street photography in addition to controlled studio set up's - the beauty of capturing fragile and temporal moments, and portraying them through an abstracted lens never fails to satisfy.
With the coming of the digital era Francois graduated from street style and darkroom to studio and fashion photography, with the studio attracting diverse clients including Ralph Lauren, Jasper Conran, National Geographic, Quintessentially, traditional men's shoemakers Cheaney & Sons, award winning Bridal wear designer Sanyukta Shrestha, the studio prides itself on commercial work for big names as much as highly personalised projects for independent designers and retailers, model portfolios, actor and performer portraits.
Francois is also an experienced tutor having hosted a programme of 121 and group workshops, tailored to both aspiring photographers and professionals looking to improve their skill set in photography, retouching, lighting and work flow, both in the studio and on location.
The workshops feature highly technical and artistic content ranging from high speed to underwater photography or incorporating opulent and dramatic themes such as aerial Circus and Cabaret styled shoots, with extreme make up and theatrical costume.
Additionally he mentors both UK College students and International students from design school Grafisch Lyceum, Rotterdam.
Continuing to produce work in print Francois has featured as a guest photographer in two books by Quintessentially Publishing, Gentleman (2013) and 100 Most Iconic Wine Estates (2012), produced tongue in cheek kitchen kink bible 'The Fetish Cookbook' (2009), a marriage of imagery and verse 'Words and Pictures' (2008) and a hobbyists how to guide 'Lomosexual: A Tribute to L.O.M.O. Cameras' (2007).
Francois' personal work can be viewed here: www.francoisboutemy.com