An Interview with Krystin Francoise

An Interview with Krystin Francoise

Learning new cultures, bits of different languages, meeting local people and exploring the unique beauty of each place, is what truly captivated me and addicted me to traveling and I never looked back. My fascination with photography began also on my travels and it developed into a passion and more and more into a profession.

I try to capture raw and fleeting moments in the way they made me feel. That might sound a bit strange, but for me that is the best way I can describe my approach and how I try to give my images a narrative. If I don’t have my camera in my hand you can find me in the mountains hiking with my friends or if I get close to an ocean, I most likely will be on a surfboard trying my best to catch a wave. 

Q. What words, sayings, or key phrases do you learn when traveling to a new country - especially if that country speaks a foreign language?
A. Before I even travel to a foreign country I usually try to learn basic sentences to communicate with locals. This includes:

  • Hello, how are you?
  • My name is..
  • Good, how are you?
  • Please and Thank you.
  • May I have..?
  • Where is..?

When I’m at my destination I’ll try to learn as many new words and sayings as possible and the locals really appreciate it!

Q. What is your process for selecting a photo to capture? What is most important to consider while capturing the shot? Why?
A. I don’t like to overthink my photography because in my opinion you can easily get caught up in all the rules and tips that are out there. The most important thing for me to consider while capturing a shot is if it truly captures the essence of the moment.

If it’s a place I’ve never been before I observe everything that happens around me and let the moment guide me. I try to find an interesting subject or object in my frame that I can make stand out in the best possible way. That can be through an interesting angle, composition and lighting.

Q. Where/How can we find your work(s)?
A. I’m working on my website but so far through Instagram @krystinfrancoise

Q. What kind of picture do you like to shoot and which ones do you avoid? Why do you avoid it or them?
A. I love shooting candid and landscape photography. I avoid taking repetitive photos especially when shooting popular places. I always try to find a different perspective and I constantly check for lighting and weather changes that could make my images more interesting and different.

Q. Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?
A. This is a tough question, because I’m very critical with my work. If I have to choose I would say I like the photo I took of a beautiful California sunset and a sailing boat right in the center of it the most. It makes me feel nostalgic and every time I look at it reminds me of the beautiful summer night I had there and it makes me miss the endlessness of the ocean.

Q. In your travels, have you come across a non-profit charity/cause worth highlighting? If so, what was it called? If not, what cause is worthy of support in your opinion?
A. Yes! When I first came to Calgary my partner introduced me to “Joggin for a Noggin”, a yearly fun run organized by pediatric nurses from the Alberta Children’s hospital with the purpose of sending Neurosurgery kids to camp. For many neurosurgical kids, this is the only opportunity they will have to attend a summer camp.

Q. What makes for a good picture?
A. In my opinion you don’t need to know all technical aspects of photography. Don’t get me wrong, a basic knowledge sure helps but what matters the most is that your photo has the ability to evoke emotions. A good picture speaks to your emotions and puts you in a particular moment in time. These days we’re getting flooded with so much imagery that it is hard to stand out. I always like to frame an element of intrigue to draw my viewers into my image and it allows them to create their own story.

Also, it is important to pay attention to things normal people may don’t even notice or take for granted like light and weather changes. Even slight changes in light for example can enhance your image or change the narrative of your image.

Check out Krystin's work(s) here