Art historian by training, I worked on the history of collecting in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and more precisely on the cabinets of curiosities for many years. I graduated from the University of Montreal (Masters in Political Science – 1991, Minor in History of Art – 1993). Other studies include: McGill University (BA Political Science – 1988), the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg Germany (recipient of a DAAD scholarship in German language and civilization – 1986), Laval University in Quebec (Minor in German – 1985) and the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität in Heidelberg, Germany (Germanistik – 1984).
For several years, I've been doing an experimental and essentially technical exploration of photography including many photographic genres: portrait, landscape, architecture, animal, star trails, submarine etc.
I currently teach in a graphics department of a Montreal college. My courses are varied and include photography (Photoshop, Lightroom), animation, video, (After Effects) and web design (html, css). In order to better my knowledge of these subjects (often so I can keep ahead of my students) I have completed hundreds of hours of training especially in Photoshop. Photo editing and photomontage have thus become an important part of my exploration in photography.
I use photography as a means of interpretation and of reconstruction. My goal is not one of depicting reality from a seemingly objective stance. I am definitively not a photographer who uses photography as a mirror of reality. Rather, I try to compose images with a (mostly) realistic appearance but with modifications and augmentations that result in a slightly confusing atypia. I want my photos to look "real" while featuring something that is slightly askew, making them both real and fictional.
In my quest for improvement and feedback, I often test try out my new photos in traditional photo assessment circles, either by signing up for conventional photo contests or by testing my photos on a few communities of online photographers (500px, Behance, Viewbug, Facebook). Only after much scrutiny do I select the photographs that I think are of interest and then I have them printed in large format producing a series of six prints.
My photos are not oriented around a theme in particular and there is no apparent thematic thread that runs through my work, other than perhaps the theatrical. The images are often performed and/or staged; I do not hesitate to make collages. Many of my pictures are made up of different images, all taken by me, adjusted in Lightroom and assembled and altered in Photoshop.
On the formal level, I strive to achieve a technical excellence in terms of both shooting and image editing. I take inspiration from the process of image editing that is found in commercial photography as well as in the cinematic process (matte painting).
There are many tenuous connections and odd realities that truly fascinate me. Some of these include the holographic principle in physics, the concept of verisimilitude, the ever present question of truth and falsehood, and a undeniable attraction to the strange. All of which harks back to my enchantment with the bizarre, which I was drawn to years ago, among the curious collectors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.