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Michel Yor­danov: Light­ning in a Bot­tle

The chal­lenge of fram­ing that fleet­ing mo­ment in the most beau­ti­ful way pos­si­ble.

The hard­est part of your job?

The hard­est part is work­ing with na­ture, which can com­pletely trans­form from one minute to the other. It’s all about be­ing in the best place at the right mo­ment, and be­ing quick enough to cap­ture it us­ing the right set­tings.

If not a pho­tog­ra­pher who you would have been?

I would have loved to have been a storm chaser. I’m fas­ci­nated by nat­u­ral phe­nom­ena, es­pe­cially when it is in­tense and dra­matic.

How would you de­scribe your style and how did you de­velop it?

I try to em­pha­sise the in­ten­sity of na­ture, so that the photo re­ally im­pacts who­ever’s look­ing at it. As for how I de­vel­oped it, I’m al­ways look­ing for beau­ti­ful de­tails in a scene or in a mo­ment that most peo­ple would over­look, and then try­ing to bring out this de­tail in the pho­to­graph us­ing ex­ag­ger­ated per­spec­tives, light­ing, and vivid colours.

Which pho­tog­ra­phers in­spired you most?

I get most of my in­spi­ra­tion from the na­ture around me and al­though there are no spe­cific pho­tog­ra­phers that im­pacted me, I try to learn from all of them.

A light­ning storm in full ac­tion in Beirut Le­banon.

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