Interview with Olivier Roux
Olivier Roux is a very experienced and creative photographer, director and drone pilot. He masters perfectly photography as well as video, on the ground as well as in the air.
With more than 600 drone aerial footage available online, Olivier Roux has managed to build up an extraordinary Portfolio of his Atlantic France seen from the sky!
Atelier du Ciel is a drone operator member of our HOsiHO Drone Network Don't hesitate to ask him for ground or aerial shootings on the whole Atlantic coast, or around La Rochelle, his home town.
Aerial View Guerande Salt Marshes, Filmed By Drone, Guerande, France © LADC / HOsiHO
How do you define yourself in the first place?
An artist creates in the true sense of the word. He produces something that emanates from his imagination and/or his ability to reproduce in a protean way what he sees or feels.
The drone, in the professional context that involves us, gives the opportunity for a camera to fly. The drone is a tool, not an finality.
Remains Photographer, Videographer and creative full time. I like the idea of the suffix graph that induces a writing. The responsibility of the photographer and videographer is to capture what he sees, often the beautiful, and always with an aesthetic (the beautiful can be made ugly). It is a real mission and a total obsession that lives in you. Even without the right tools to capture the moment, you live things in images and spontaneously frame them.
Where are you based and what is your main activity?
I'm based in La Rochelle, but we don't do this job to stay at the office: 'the world is a playground on which we are always ready to go and express ourselves'. On these grounds, it is a balanced triptych that expresses itself: aerial photography as well as on the ground, shooting corporate films, participation in documentaries with aerial images.
Why and how do you create images for stock?
Today's aerial tools allow us to make videos with a very high 'Photographic value'. Image stability and quality allow us to respond to an aesthetic that only remains to be filled by the savoury places listed and the climatic and temporal contexts closely monitored and expected. It is thus the video that prevails in my aspirations of aerial images.
How did you come to film/photograph by drone (or helicopter, ...)?
At the very beginning of the drones (2010), my photographic background was already almost 20 years old. It clocked up with the arrival of cameras that were conducive to produce very aesthetic videos. This timing of events forced me to evolve from an expertise in still images to moving images. The UAV, an unavoidable access to a unique dimension: the air.
Main countries / places or themes covered by your portfolio ?
France and the Atlantic coast are my favorite places. To maximize the exploitation of my work, I have developed a website dedicated to some of my images which I offer the possibility to enlarge them. Regard-Atlantique thus allows people who appreciate oceanic environments to discover my terrestrial and aerial images of the marine environment. This platform also allows to highlight this very specific part of my work to local tourism decision-makers.
Olivier Roux - l'Atelier du Ciel selection of aerial videos available in HOsiHO collection
Are you also available for commissioned work in your area?
Drone shooting for the trimaran builder Neel in La Rochelle, with the Inspire 2 from l'Atelier du Ciel
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