(Jeannot Kerfs) has a very unique style to portray people. All his portraits are undeniable wearing his signature through his artsy processing. To Jeannot, photography is a real passion as well as food for his soul.
He quotes: 'I'm waking up and go to sleep with photography!'
With this interview, I tried to discover more about Jeannot and his skilful and artistic portraits.
Let's take a walk together through his fabulous work ...
What first attracted you to photography and what are your most important experiences that has influenced your art, Jeannot?
My passion for photography started in 2009 when I was looking for a hobby which didn't take to much energy from my body because I have a muscular disease since 2008.
Describe your overall photographic vision.
I have to say that photography gives me the possibility to settle things down in my mind and deal better with my health situation. It's a kind of medication.
Why are you so drawn by artsy portrait photography?
First I started with landscape photography, but here in Belgium, there is not so many to see and photograph. I found out pretty soon that I enjoyed more photographing people.
Can you tell us something more about your work flow?
My set-up's are really simple. I use a 1000 watt Elinchrome light and a beauty dish to make the most dark pictures in my portfolio. When we are on location, I use maximum two lights.
I work often with backgrounds to give an extra dimension to my portraits.
What software do you use to process your images?
I use Photoshop and mainly the Dodge & Burn tool (sometimes too much...). I created also some settings in RAW and use the Alien Skin Exposure7 filter.
Describe your favourite photograph taken by you and why it is special to you?
My favourite photograph? To be honest, I don't have one. I'm still waiting for the best to come ;-)
How did you discover 1x?
A friend and colleague photographer told me to have a look on 1x. I was happily surprised and subscribed immediately. I was pleased and excited when my first image was published followed by 25 more.
Unfortunately I staid inactive for a few years due to my muscle disorder and a relationship breakdown (loosing a lot of my photographic material).
Are there any specific directions that you would like to take your photography in the future or any
specific goals that you wish to achieve?
I'm very proud of my contribution to 1x. I met a numerous number of people, personally or via the media. A few projects and collaborations are planned in the near future.
Next year, I will have an exhibition in Tongeren and I hope many more will follow.
Photography is my passion, I'm waking up and go sleeping with it ;-)
Since a year I'm much more active and productive and that can be seen through my images selected and published on 1x. But I truly appreciate every 1x member knowing that they all put a lot of energy, creativity and work to share their images.
Is there anything else you wish to add and what do you think about 1X as a home base for you work?
I'm persuaded that 1x is the summon of all photography sites available on the net.
The images on our site are – piece by piece – photographic pearls, carefully selected through a fair screening. They amaze me day after day.
I like to thank a lot of people working behind the screen, leading everything in the right direction.
After all, I think 1x is the biggest and best photo forum worldwide.
Patrick Aurednik PRO
Great interview and fantastic photos! I'm a fan! :)
Thank you very much my friend
Mooi verhaal en schitterende fotografie!
Hartelijk bedankt beste vriend Groetjes Jeannot
Great interviews and articles. He is a great artist. I look forward to his new amazing work. congratulations !!
Thank you very much dear friend Kind regards Jeannot
Indrukwekkende serie portretten en een mooi verslag, Jeannot, van harte met deze terechte nominatie!
Hartelijk dank beste Jacob Groetjes Jeannot
Jose C. Lobato PRO
A fabulous selection of photographs, and a great way to get to know you a little better. Congratulations and greetings dear friend. And congratulations to Yvette for a fantastic new job.
Thank you very much dear Jose Kind regards Jeannot
Marc Huybrighs PRO
Gefeliciteerd met je interview en je fotowerk Jeannot. Zeker de moeite om wat meer te weten te komen over de persoon achter de meesterwerken. Misschien tot op je tentoonstelling het volgende jaar. Ook nog een dankwoordje aan Yvette voor mogelijk maken van dit interview.
Met veel plezier gedaan, Marc!
Hartelijk dank Marc Groetjes Jeannot ps Yvette heeft dit schitterend gedaan ;-)
Thank you for this wonderful photos!
Thank you very much dear Franz Kind regards jeannot
Elena Molina PRO
Congratulations Jeannot and so many thanks for showing us your feelings, hopes and expectations through photography as well as all those personal constraints that limit, while opening new horizons. It is a real privilege to follow your work, no doubt it is magnificent. And to you Yvette, very many thanks for conducting such an excellent interview.
Many thanks for your neverlasting appreciation, dear Elena ;-)
Thank you very much dear Elena Kind regards Jeannot
Ulrike Eisenmann PRO
Really interesting to read your story, Jeannot, your portraits are so impressive! May I ask how you choose your models? Congratulations! Thanks to Yvette for the grear interview!
Thanks, Ulrike! It's great to interview and know better such talents as Jeannot ;-)
Thank you very much dear Ulrike Kind regards Jeannot
Great to read about you and see many of your outstanding works - they are amazing! Congratulations.
Thank you very much dear Jacqueline Kind regards Jeannot
Branko Askovic PRO
I still remember the first time I saw one of your magnificent portraits. It is great to get to know something about the person behind them. Your work is amazing, keep up the great job!
Thank you very much my friend Kind regards jeannot
Wicher Bos CREW
Great interview! gNo, I am a fan of your work! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
Thank you very much dear friend Regards Jeannot
Dear GNO , G I am very glad to you everything you happened of course you deserve it , congratulation ! for first time i am following you i have expect you will reach to here . wish you all the best my friend !
Thank you very much dear friend, this is much appreciated Regards Jeannot
Anette Ohlendorf PRO
Congratulations, dear Jeanno! I read this interview with great interest! I find your recordings very impressive! my compliment here too! Many thanks also to Yvette for her excellent work!
Thank you very much dear Anette Regards Jeannot
Andreas Agazzi PRO
I am always impressed about your work, your ideas and your unique and phenomenal signature! Nice to know you a bit better in person as well Jeannot, keep your fantastic work running! Cheers, Andy
Thank you very much dear Andy Regards Jeannot
much interesting interview and a great view on your work. Congratulations Jeannot and many thanks to Yvette
Thank you very much dear Hans - Wolfgang Regards jeannot
Cicek Kiral CREW
Great photos and interview....
Thank you very much my dear Regards Jeannot
Hartelijk gefeliciteerd Jeannot, wel verdiend in het zonnetje gezet. Laat ons nog lang genieten van je straffe portretten :-)
Hartelijk dank Luc, ben er enorm blij mee moet ik zeggen makker Groetjes Jeannot
Gelukwensen met deze portfolio, Jeannot! ik kijk uit naar je tentoonstelling, laat het zeker weten!
Hartelijk dank Daniël ga ik zeker doen makker
Very interesting interview and selection of works.Congratulations!!
Thank you very much dear
Congratulations. Your style is really only "yours".
Thank you very much dear Ernesto
Congrats on this great article Jeannot! Your style is unique! Let us know when you exhibit in Tongeren.
Hello Domi, thank you very much my friend I will send you a mail for the exhibit next Year ;-)
Jeannot, mooi om een beetje van de man achter een impressionant fotograaf te leren kennen. Geef zeker een seintje wanneer u zal tentoonstellen in Tongeren.
Hallo Els, eerst en vooral bedankt en ik geef zeker op tijd een seintje ;-)
Excellent. Thank you
Thank you very much dear Mario
Eddy Verloes PRO
Van harte gefeliciteerd Jeannot & Yvette !
Van harte bedankt makker ;-)
Very strong portrait
Thank you my friend
Very strong portrait
Thanks a lot my friend
Concrats to you for an very impressive stile of portraits and the report.
Thank you very much dear Christine, much appreciated Kind regards Jeannot
Thierry Dufour PRO
Congrats Jeannot, your work is splendid. Thank so much dear Yvette for this magnificent interview !!!
No thanks, Thierry! A deserved feature for nGo ;-)
Thank you very much dear friend. Kind regards Jeannot
Il mio migliore amico Molte grazie
Congrats gNo, a well deserved recognition.
Thank you very much dear Patrick Kind regards Jeannot
Leah Guo PRO
Amazing design of the drama atmosphere. Great portraits!
Thank you very much dear Leah Kind regards Jeannot
Congratulations to Jeannot! If there is a separation of photography into male, female and ... we will not specify :), then you are the clearest example of a real male photo. All your heroes personify strength, courage, character, in general, all that often is lacking in modern man.They seemed to have come down from the pages of adventure novels or films. I wish you continued success. Thank you Jeannot. Thank you Yvette.
Thanks for your appreciation, Vlad ;-)
Thank you very much my Russian friend for this kind words Kind regards Jeannot
Well deserved, congrats !
Thank you very much Thomas, much appreciated Kind regards Jeannot
Larry Deng PRO
keep up your good works Jeannot ,Best regards
Hello Larry, we gonna try to keep up the good work Thanks a lot Bro Kind regards Jeannot
excellent portraits! congrats fot the photographer of the week!
Thank you very much Franco. Kind regards jeannot
Theo Luycx PRO
Jeannot and Yvette a very nice and interesting interview and Jeannet you have really wonderfull composition.!! My compliments
Dear Jeannot Kerfs: It was a pleasure to see your photos in this interview that Yvette Depaepe has done. I feel great admiration for his portraits since I saw them for the first time and I love to follow them and stand on them to discover that essence that emerges from their faces and that invites you to ask who is this character, who thinks, how is his life ... From my simple way of portraying my characters or my children, since this is what I do at this stage of my life, I can only tell him that I admire him and congratulate him on his wonderful photographic work. Receive a warm greeting. Assumption.
Thank you very much for those kind words my dear Kind regards Jeannot
Really pleased to see you as "The photographer of the week" my dear friend. Really, really well deserved !!! Great interview.
Thank you so much my dear friend, this is much appreciated
Luc Stalmans PRO
Nice interview with our 1x Mystery man GNO, it was a pleasure to read it and now you a little bit better Jeannot. Hope to see a lot more of your splendid pictures. Let us now the exhibition dates in Tongeren to make a visit
Thanks lot dear Luc for these kind words, I will send a mail here on 1x for the exhibition next Year my friend Kind regards. jeannot
Dear Jeannot, thanks a lot for your fine collaboration and for letting us know more about you. Congratulations with the feature as 'Photographer of the week'. I enjoyed a lot publishing your interview ;-) Cheers, Yvette
Dear Yvette, First of all I want to thank you for this beautiful interview. I'm very proud to be the Photographer of the week. I gonna enjoy it very mucho Kind regards Jeannot