Ep 273: Turn your passion project into success with Romain Thiery

Meet Romain Thiery, an amateur piano player who started learning piano at the age of 5 and started photography 10 years ago, that hobby turned into a passion and, eventually, a profession the day he found a forgotten piano in an abandoned castle in south of France.

Romain Thiery believes the piano to be, in his own words, deeply rooted in the depths of our culture and sought to explore the instrument from an original angle. He made his life’s mission to combine his two biggest passions and set out to find abandoned mansions around Europe where old pianos had been left behind. The series that emerged from Thiery’s work is called “Requiem pour pianos” and has catapulted the photographer name into notoriety among tastemakers and art connoisseurs around the world. In recent years, he has won international photography awards at various competitions and festivals.

You’ll discover: how he started in photography, how his love of photographing pianos in abandoned locations evolved, the process of finding pianos in abandoned locations, what it feels like to walk into those abandoned homes, how he lights and shoots his images, the opportunities that have been created as a result of this project, and much more.

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Turn your passion project to success with Romain Thiery

Romain Thiery, a native of France who lives in Montpellier, is a self-taught professional photographer, born on 1988. Romain is an amateur piano player starting learning piano at the age of 5. Starting photography 10 years ago, that hobby turned into a passion and, eventually, a profession the day he found a forgotten piano in an abandoned castle in the south of France.

Romain Thiery believes the piano to be, in his own words, « deeply rooted in the depths of our culture » and sought to explore the instrument from an original angle. He made his life’s mission to combine his two biggest passions and set out to find abandoned mansions around Europe where old pianos had been left behind. The series that emerged from Thiery’s work is called « Requiem pour pianos » and has catapulted the photographer name into notoriety among tastemakers and art connoisseurs around the world.

In recent years, he has won international photography awards at various competitions and festivals, including Photographer of the Year at the Moscow International Foto Award (MIFA), OpenCall Finalist at the Indian Photography Festival, OpenCall Finalist at the Israel Photography Festival and the San Francisco Photo Festival. His solo exhibitions have been presented in art galleries in many countries such as France (Gallery 30, Galerie PITA, On-OFF Galerie…), Russia (Museum of Contemporary Art in St Petersburg and the Photocenter in Moscow), the United States (Bokeh Gallery, Bowery Club in NYC), India (Stat Art Gallery), Israel, Norway, Germany, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom.

His work has been featured in interviews for ElPais, DerSpiegel, The Guardian, LonelyPlanet, Cultura Inquieta, Aesthetica Magazine and others. He has also collaborated with international artists and musical institutions such as Steinway&Sons in Hamburg, Germany.

You’ll discover:

  • How he started in photography
  • How his love of photographing pianos in abandoned locations evolved
  • The process of finding pianos in abandoned locations
  • What does it feel like to walk into those abandoned homes?
  • What has been your favourite discover and why
  • What’s the thought process and actual process like
  • How does Romain light and shoot his images
  • Gear used.
  • How did you share the images with the world and what was the process of being discovered
  • What opportunities have been created as a result of this project
Above: Romain Thiery

Social Media Links:
Website: www.romainthiery.fr
Instagram: @romainthiery
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/romain.thiery.90
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChOjz-qmN6qcEDlO48Q_xUQ

Image by Romain Thiery
Image by Romain Thiery
Image by Romain Thiery
Image by Romain Thiery
Image by Romain Thiery
Image by Romain Thiery

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