Since being introduced to the photo lab at university, I have always enjoyed work in the darkroom. Having my own small installation since the 1980s, I have taken advantage of the arrival of digital, acquiring large-format enlargers that have fallen into disuse.
Paradoxically, it is the processes without a camera or enlarger that have attracted me over the past few years. Lumen and chemigram filmless techniques have dominated my work. With no negative, black-and-white photographic paper has taken over, a raw material that has produced a multitude of surprising hues through excessive sunlight overexposure.
For someone committed to black and white, here I was with colours arising from the process. For someone committed to strictly controlled techniques, here I was working with a method in which intuition was my creative guide.
This lumen series is based on my preoccupation with nutrition and body image at a time when my aging body is imploring me to lighten its load. All the plants appearing in these works grew in my vegetable garden, and my body is interfused with the images created by the plants.
The lumen process recalls the multiple cameraless photograms of plants by William Henry Fox Talbot in the early days of photography, a method still in use.
I was born in St-Roch-de-l’Achigan (Quebec, Canada), where I continue to live and work.
Self-taught, I have always been surrounded by photography. It has often been used in my publications for various newspapers and magazines, and recently for art works for museums. I have worked in this sector, moreover, as a museum technician.
My personal approach normally involves photographing landscape details on black-and-white film with large format 5 x 7 or 8 x 10 cameras or with a Noblex panoramic camera. I then make classic prints on silver bromide paper.
Please vist my online boutique. Available lumen prints are listed and added frequently. The lumen prints are unique and are delivered framed using museum standards. Free shipping in Canada and United States, a small extra for international shipping depending of your location.
Please contact me if you would like to meet and view my work or for any other information. You can use the contact form of this website which will include my address and phone number.