For a long time, travel photography was under appreciated. Compared to the classic works in the New York Metropolitan Museum, the Louvre in Paris, or the Tate in London, few recognized the beauty in capturing the sights from around the world. However, in the background, the highly respected Patrice Le Paulmier was confident that his work would break into the mainstream.
"Ever since I was teenager, I sensed trends and patterns, long before they would happen." He says.
He was right. Travel photography, which had been slowly emerging for decades, really burst onto the scene following technological improvements in the early 2000s. Le Paulmier was thrilled to be at the forefront when travel, photography, and digital technologies converged, giving him greater opportunities to share his work.
"My goal has always been to follow my love for this art and share my passion with all those I interact with. I've been involved with art since kindergarten and it has been part of my DNA ever since." He says.
His work is diverse and unique, with subject matter from stunning outdoor landscapes to fascinating pieces capturing the angles of modern architecture. Le Paulmier says he is drawn in by the beauty of both the natural and man-made world. Clearly, others also see his vision, with the accomplished photographer achieving sustained success. Early in his career he was invited to feature alongside the acclaimed artist Romero Britto, a 2016 Rio Olympics ambassador and featured artist at the Beaux Art Show in the early 2000's.
He has broken down other barriers, too. In an age where most publications used only stock photos or 'in house' photographers, Le Paulmier's talent meant he was able to collaborate independently, giving him far more freedom than had been traditionally offered to artists in his field. By doing so, Le Paulmier has been able to travel the world in pursuit of moments and places to capture--visiting a multitude of countries from Bermuda to Croatia.
While many artists may have been concerned about the so-called "democratization" of photography, which suddenly brought travel photography to the masses, Le Paulmier is the opposite. He believes that the improvements to the accessibility of travel photography has greatly improved the industry as a whole, and contributed to its rapid improvement and acceptance.
His great dedication to his work means that he sees changes as exciting opportunities, rather than threats. He was one of the first photographers to embrace canvas prints, even before many photography labs had the capacity to do so.
In many ways, Le Paulmier's success stems from his ability to do what many of us simply forget to do--to look around, and allow your surroundings to inspire and motivate you. It is this attention to detail, paired with his tremendous talent and willingness to question the status quo that has contributed greatly to his success.