© Charles-Henry Delafosse

The ability to tell a story through monochrome photographs is an art Charles-Henry Delafosse has cracked. His portfolio is an endless collection of portraits, places, personal stories, and series, i.e. "Portraits of Individuals". Although his work is centralized in Côte d'Ivoire, no two stories are the same, and the locations of his subjects seem to spread out across different parts of the country. One look at his profile, and it's obvious that Charles-Henry enjoys traveling. I would say that I am a cocktail [laughs]. I have Ivorian, Cameroonian, Senegalese and French origins.


When and how did you start taking photos?

So, when I started taking pictures dates back to my early teens. As a Christmas present, I would rather have a camera than a game console. From then on, the real click was made on June 17, 2017, following the purchase of my first camera and the strong impact created in my mind by 'Boyhood' by Richard Linklater. This film literally changed my perception of Art.


What are your inspirations?

In everything, I favor intimacy with God. And I believe that the creativity that I discover day-by-day within my being was offered to me by a being superior to me, whom I call Jesus Christ. He’s my first source of inspiration.

The second inspiration is explained by a particular sensitivity that I feel for it. I mean the soul. The soul of the people I meet. And in my opinion, a person’s soul is their person. That’s why you’ll find that the core of my work hinges mainly on it.

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What do you want to convey with your photographs?

We come back to the second part of the previous question. My goal would be that each person who looks at one of my photographs does not look at a "simple" photograph but manages to feel the heart of what he sees: the soul of the photograph.


This is a part of Seven Foto Questions, a series of interviews with photographers answering the same questions about how they each came into their craft.



What do you consider a "good" photo?

An emotionally charged photograph.

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What is your favorite photo, and the story behind it?

At the moment, it is not yet published on my platforms, but it will be very soon [laughs].


Can you use one theme to describe your work?

Depth.


If there is one thing you want your audience to know about you, what would it be?

That I love them, and that I am grateful for the support he gives me. Really.



All photos by © Charles-Henry Delafosse