De Lay came to photography a little bit by chance because his father lent
him his old Olympus camera. He bought film randomly and it happened to be
a black & white. He had this first film developed by a friend who
appreciated the pictures and encouraged him to go on and take more photos.
He has been taking pictures for about 20 years now.
He only works with black & white because of taste. He finds it more
"pictorial". Black & white allows one to control all the
different steps of production like shooting, developing and printing. This
whole process is important to Stefan because he thinks of photography as
complete artistic creation. This implies that it is necessary to control
all the aspects of this art; from planning the set and lightning to
framing the result. He works with a Hasselblad camera and uses Ilford 400
ISO films printed on Ilford deluxe paper. Original pictures for
exhibitions are printed on Baryte paper, enlarged to 46x46cm with beveled
pass keys and a flat black frame. They are treated with selenium for
Curiously people who go to his exhibitions regard him as a nude
photographer and do not know him as a portrait artist. And the people who
know him as a portrait artist cannot start to think he also is a nude
photographer. Most of his nudes are personal pictures whereas his
portraits are client orders.