Anne Geddes, one of the most respected and recognized photographers in the world thanks to her creation of iconic images around the world of babies, has embarked on a new project, which has led her to collaborate with the new Bebés & Mamás line. As a newborn photographer, she has created a new trend
Anne Geddes, one of the most respected and recognized photographers in the world thanks to her creation of iconic images around the world of babies, has embarked on a new project, which has led her to collaborate with the new Bebés & Mamás line.
As a newborn photographer, she has created a new trend followed by a large number of artists who focus on the same niche. How would Anne Geddes define this style?
My own style I think is defined by my message of "protect, nurture, love", and has continued to develop for more than 30 years. What I really mean is the absolute innocence of the newborn, and its potential to change the world for the better. This is the way I see my work.
What is it like working with such vulnerable and delicate beings as newborns?
During my long career photographing babies, I never tire of looking at a little newborn, for everything they symbolize. They are at the beginning of their life, when they represent so much potential. They are total purity.
'Babies & Moms is an extension of what I feel for babies'
It is amazing to work with babies, and especially with newborns. I never take for granted the trust that parents place in me. Parents always leave the study saying that what a wonderful time they have spent, and that they did not expect the study environment to be so peaceful and pleasant. Everything in the studio revolves around babies. They are the most important thing. Much of the reason for the success behind the images is that everything is set before the babies arrive at the studio. The lights, the camera ... everything. With an adult you can ask him to sit while you play with the lights, but you can not do it with the babies.
What do you consider to be the worst impediment when it comes to dealing with babies? What kind of obstacles have you encountered throughout so many years of experience?
I do not think there is any impediment when it comes to working with babies, but I do believe that it is very important to photograph with an open mind, because if you are very rigid in your ideas and thoughts, you are likely to miss the magic that can happen fleetingly.
Where do you find inspiration in relation to the hundreds of accessories you work with? Do you have a specific place to go to take ideas and think about new projects?
For the last thirty years my inspiration has always come from nature. I think Mother Nature is the greatest artist of all.
How has your way of seeing babies changed since you took your first picture to today?
I spent the first ten years of my photographic career concentrating on the private portrait. From there my work has evolved constantly in the market of greeting cards and calendars. As a result, a lot of my early work is based on seasonal themes and that is why these are many of the images that people remember. As my work has progressed through the years, my image gallery has become much simpler, especially in terms of the message. It is important to continue developing and changing as an artist to advance in your work.
What is the specific project or photo session that has most filled you on a personal level?
I have carried out many projects that have been very important to me. More recently, I have photographed a series of images of Paralympic athletes affected by meningococcal disease. In the images, each athlete is posing with a small baby, with the clear message of ensuring that their child's immunizations are up to date, and thus help protect any child from unnecessary suffering in the future.
What led you to be a participant in a line of pediatric fragrances of Bebés & Mamás? Do you have any other project in mind with this same brand / sector?
These types of products are an extension of what I feel about babies and the care of babies. As a mother, I understand what it is like to have newborns at home, even though it was quite some time ago. I do not see myself these days as strictly a photographer, but as a global advocate for children. That is why these products, of which I am very proud, are really an extension of what I feel.