was born on 3rd September 1954 in Brussels and there was at that
time no talk of digital photography. And
even so 20 years later, when I was lucky enough to enjoy lectures
by the late Hubert Grooteclaes, a brilliant
photographer from Liege, nobody yet understood that photography
as an art was on the verge of an extraordinary revolution.
have been fortunate enough to be born into an artistic family.
But my maternal grand-father, Jacques Collas, an impressionist painter (http://homeusers.brutele.be/elbo)
is the one whose influence most determined my early attraction
towards forms and lights. I believe that his works
still influence mine today, on a more or less conscious level.
a long time, I could not find the way to obtain a
proper command of colours, and thus I only worked with black and
white. This very rigorous discipline proves to be an excellent
school and pushes ever further the capture of light at its most
subtle. But the extraordinary possibilities of
creation offered by digital photography, to which I took keenly
very early on, immediately seduced me.
is, I hope, the beginning of a new and fruitful adventure.
Jean-Michel Elbo - Translation : Anne