Friday, April 12, 2013

Photo Friday: Thomas Bouquin

Thomas Bouqin is a French photographer currently living and working in Montréal, Québec. Thomas' work primarily examines the relationship between man and the landscape and how elements such as memory, space and light can influence and modify our perceptions of these places. Visually, he is working within the gap between photographic subjectivity and documentary traditions. Thomas' work has been exhibited in the Art Matters Festival 2012 & 2013 (Montreal) and in the VAV Gallery (2012, Montreal). He is the co-publisher, with Pascal Amoyel, of a series of zines called Montreal-Paris (2011-2012), exhibited in "DIY: Photographers & Books" (2012) in the Cleveland Museum of Art, and are part of different public book collections such as the IPL (Indie Photobook Library, Whashington), La Chambre Blanche (Québec), and The Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris). 

View more of his work here 

Lou Mistrau Statement 

This project called Lou Mistrau is a sequence of photographs taken during a trip to France in spring 2012. I traveled some 2000km to visit my family and friends, mostly in the Mediterranean basin. Although I started photographing without preconceptions, I quickly perceived a change in my perception of the places where I grew up, worked and lived. These perceptions of the Mediterranean Sea, the cities, faces and streets, were affected by the simple fact of my living in North America.

New mental images formed by the awareness of the American landscape and history of photography came to be superimposed on my memory of these familiar streets and places. I started projecting these pictures I had in mind on the familiar places I visited in order to create a new reading of them.

I recorded elements evoking the passage of time and the movements of a road trip. Other elements show the rooted character of this unchanging Mediterranean landscape. These two seemingly contradictory ideas, reflect the sentiment felt and lived by my new immigrant status while revisiting places that are personal. They show the inability to participate fully in the activities taking place before one's eyes, being at the same time both a spectator and a temporary resident.

Lou Mistrau : is a strong, cold and usually dry regional wind in France, coming from the north or northwest, blowing across the Mediterranean coast from Languedoc to Provence, shaping the landscape, vegetation and character of its inhabitants.

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