Documentary photography can have so many subject variants, regardless of subject matter there are always different approaches. Some subjects require years of attention and others are captured in moments. Without the consideration of time, good documentary photography is able to tell a story. Kalel Koven has chosen to document a brief moment in a friends life in his series ‘Vagabond Fairy’
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Kalel Koven’s work ‘Vagabond Fairy’ is a brief intimate portrait into the life of Delphine, a friend who left her home in the south of France to study and travel the world. This project’s setting feels like its at the end of her journey, starting from a conversation between Kalel and Delphine about her desires to leave the nomadic life behind and settle down in her own space around her friends.
Kalel’s photography is interested in portraying a brief but intimate moment in life, trying to be as close to his subjects as possible, Kalel obtains intimate images otherwise inaccessible.
“The documentary genre is my favourite…We are obviously inspired by the masters of each genre, but with time we must search for our own voice, following our instinct and what we want, to shape our own vision and expression, to be out of our comfort zone and push ourselves to something new”
Photographers often return to their subjects to build rapport and grow their projects through time. These images are clearly a portrayal of the intimacy and trust built through returning to photograph Delphine many times over. Rather than selecting images from each time, Kalel has chosen to portray this brief but intimate time in one series of images.
All of Kalel’s photography is about living in the moment, through photographing Delphine, Putting himself in the moment, Kalel feels he is revealing as much as Delphine does. Moments that as a photographer, being behind the camera we may never see.