‘I don’t like to shoot people – cows are fairer’: Jeremy Piloquet’s best phone photo | Photography

Jeremy Piloquet doesn’t like to shoot people. Cows, he says, will always be fairer. “When I started three years ago, I tried street photography, but I was so much more attracted to the shadows or silhouettes of people, their outlines from behind – or, even better, when no one was around. With social media and selfie culture, people are always trying to show their best smile, their best self. I do not like that. Animals don’t perform – they act as they are.”

Piloquet took this photo of the herd as he returned from his local dump after spending a summer day emptying his garage. Standing on his side of the fence, he pulled up some grass and lured them in with encouraging words, “Come on, girl” and “Time to eat.”

“I was running errands so I didn’t have my right camera with me, but my phone does the job well enough,” he says, adding that his choice of a Chinese phone was intentional, as he had grown frustrated with the battery life of Samsung and iOS software on iPhones. “And it’s much cheaper.”

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Once home, about an hour’s drive from the seaside resort of Les Sables-d’Olonne on the west coast of France, he applied a black and white filter using the Snapseed app. “I like shooting in moody light. The clouds were low and heavy, and the filter emphasized them and the cows’ expressions. Blue sky just wouldn’t have given the same impression. Here’s the drama.”

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