"Convergence of tools, practices and techniques give to visual storytellers the power to tell better stories and reach out new audiences. This is an exciting period to live, a period of change, a time to reinvent what is photography. I've decided to embrace that movement."
Photography, Multimedia narrative, Transmedia storytelling & i-docs
I've been a photojournalist for more than 10 years for various world reknown photo agencies such as Laif, Polaris images or Abaca in France and in the U.S where I lived for about 5 years. This period of time led me to question the impact of the stories I was covering for these news organizations and I realized that I could go a little bit further.
The last couple of years profoundly changed my view on this profession. I'm not considering myself only as a photographer but rather as a visual storyteller focusing on deep stories that matters and can inspire others to change the Status Quo.
Whether I use a camera to photograph or record video, the only thing that is important to me now is the quality of the story I'll tell as well as for the picture I produce.
If you want to know more about my professional background, just visit my Linkedin profile.
"My thirst for exploration and learning leads me everyday to discover new exciting ways to communicate what I've in mind. I think, do and if needed, fail fast until I find the right thing to do, the right method, the right design."
I'm using the tools of my generation and the next one: the dynamism of digital video, the adaptability of online journalism, and the amazing progress in presentation, design, and online infrastructure as well as the engaging role of social networks. Transmedia storytelling and Interactive documentaries are part of this set of tools but I'm looking beyond the buzz words to find a way to connect stories with people and have an impact.
Moneyocracy, the rise of United Corporations of America
Constantly exploring the transformation of the media landscape, I monitor the new techniques, platforms or trends that internet brings to us. That relentless effort for staying in touch with the reality of a changing world lead me to study how traditional photography can evolve to visual journalism.
I'm fiercly conviced that more than ever society needs litterate professionals with a modern approach to convey important informations.
The drastic and rapid changes in the way the public comprehends, consumes and uses information is a lot more than a simple evolution, it's a revolution. A revolution that will have a profound impact on the profesionnal visual storytelling.
I'm trying through my own work as a photographer, teacher and independant producer to participate and share the knowledge that will help others to understand that period of time.
There's more to come on that through Chewbahat, storytelling lab.
Gerald is the type of photographer you would want to hire for your job. He is punctual, great with his subject, fast and precise. He delivers the work right on time with an acute sense of professionalism. On top of his visual skills, Gerald understands the business vision of a shoot and accomplishes it with brilliance.
PAUL MELCHER - former Senior Vice President at PictureGroup"
Gerald stands out to be very reliable, efficient and resourceful. I am always eager to assign him because not only is he very pleasant to work with but I also know that I will have excellent results.
MARIE BARBIER, Assignment Editor at Polaris Images.
Gerald is an excellent photographer who can shoot in a variety of situations. He is very personable and has great attention to detail. I worked with him on several different occasions and my clients were always thrilled with his work.
ELISABETH SUGY, Licensing Manager, Assignments & Publicity at AP Images, The Associated Press.
“Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. Begin at the beginning. (...) Make some light.”
― Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux
For a visual storyteller, it's only natural to tell stories that shed a light on unknown situations, remarquable people or incredible facts. That's what I try to do now, whether is by sharing what I've learned, or helping other to create compelling stories.
Photo/Video Shooting & Editing:
Conceiving and creating video segments, photo slideshows, richmedia projects or "interactive documentaries". Audio and video, HD video, Motion graphics design (After effects), non-linear editing and integration, scripting, and packaging for online video.
You're the Client I'm looking for:
Media industry, NGO's, Corporate, Advertising
Workshops & courses:
I'm the lead teacher of the interactive documentary (idocs) courses at the EMI-CFD and have trained students & professionals from all levels for the last 3 years.
I'm also the co-founder of the french chapter for Storycode.org, a series of event about Transmedia and new forms of storytelling techniques.
Let's build together:
Transmedia conveys the story over a variety of platforms. It needs multiple mediums to tell the story and it engages the public into a world that is larger than a single story. In order to keep your story coherent, you'll need someone who oversees the project from A to Z. That's where I can help you.
Concept, write & lead creative teams. As consultants, I provide insight & real world experience to achieve creative goals and objectives.