Alabama Hills, California, USAIt was hot, I was alone and following the path to the famous Mobius Arch when I saw this little and very slim arch. Somewhat difficult to access because of the vertical walls, I didn't know how to install my tripod to use the arch as a frame to photograph the mountains of the Sierra Nevada in the background. No choice, I have to climb the vertical walls with a feet on each side, helped by the roughness of the rocks. I extend my tripod, one horizontal leg on each wall, a vertical leg on a lower rock and I'm ready to shoot. Nevertheless, I have to be careful and remain balanced while looking through the viewfinder of my camera, framing, focussing, ...
MY ARTISTIC VISION
I express my vision of the world through my choice of perspectives and my fascination for the terrestrial crust and mineral scenes. All forms and states of rocks endlessly fascinate me. Rocks reveal the forces of our planet and give an undeniable character to landscape photographs. The erosion shaping rocks reminds us of the length of time. The inertia of rocks has a calming impact on me. Their solidity helps to anchor solidly my photographs. Their presence
Lathe Arch, Alabama Hills, California, USAHere is the vision I had for this scene, with the top of the mountains in harmony with the shape of the arch. When coming back home, I learned that this little arch is named Lathe Arch.
under my feet makes me feel reassured while their folds indicate major perturbations. Their numerous colors dazzle me, their textures seduce me, their acquaintance with water calms me down, their game of hide-and-seek with tides and sea ice astonish me, and their shapes sometimes abstract sometimes bizarre mesmerize me. Like each of us, rocks will end as dust, in a desert, on a beach or elsewhere.
I also look for zen ambiances with minimalist and soft scenes with inspiring textures or high-key, or for very strong and luminous scenes made of rich colors or chiaroscuro (clair-obscur, low key). I chase the unusual, short-live exceptional light situations and regularly go back to the same places, patiently waiting one of those magical moments I want to reproduce and share.
My creativity stems from my choice of topics, moments, filters, lenses, focus selection, position and orientation of my camera. I mostly use polarizing filters to increase the saturation of warm colors and their contrast with cold colors. I regularly use graduated neutral density filters to better balance the amount of light in the various skies we may encounter as well as black filters to create ethereal effects with very long exposures.
My photographic ethics: I do limited amount of digital processing to avoid changing the essence of what I saw while also allowing myself to express what I felt when observing the scene. These manipulations are typically similar to the techniques used in the traditional darkrooms, including the use of filters and papers. For example, I can modify locally the contrast and saturation of colors, make them warmer or colder, crop an image, eliminate sensor dust or small detail, correct the horizon, reduce or increase sharpness, etc. However, I don't add elements that were not present when I made the photograph, even if this was sometimes done in the traditional darkrooms.
Ile-aux-Basques, Quebec, CanadaThe path was rough, sometimes slippy. At the top of the cape, the plateau is narrow but solid. This allows me to install my equipment and to photograph the sun setting on the Saint-Lawrence River. Thanks to my friend Pierre-Martin Marotte who took this picture.
Ile-aux-Basques, Saint-Lawrence River, Quebec, CanadaOn the edge of the cape, about 10 meters above the rocky shore, there is no better place to admire this sunset.
A photographer's creativity has more value when he performs and controls himself all the steps up to the delivery of the final print. Accordingly, I perform myself: (1) the planning of my photography sessions using the most recent geomatics technologies, (2) the shooting in the field with my professional equipment, (3) the processing of my photographs with specialized software, and (4) their printing in my lab using meticulously selected fine art paper and canvas. Finally, (5) I carefully deliver fine art prints of high quality and longevity which are hand signed and accompanied by a detailed certificate of authenticity and other products depending upon the edition. I consider that such high-level of involvement and quality control are necessary for a photograph to deserve my signature.
To find beauty
To highlight beauty in an artistic way
To reproduce beauty on top quality media for durable sharing with you