Gold Winner

LITTORAL - UN FLEUVE, UN REGARD

Photographer

JEAN-THOMAS BEDARD

Category

Fine Art Photography - Nature

Company

JEAN-THOMAS BEDARD

Submission Group

Amateur

Year

2021

Country / Region

Canada

I love spend days bringing to light the infinite treasures hidden in the banks and shores of the St. Lawrence River and being revealed at low tide. I have chosen to focus my artistic eye on this singular and fascinating world, those buffer zones between the land and the sea. I am attempting to reveal a part of their astounding beauties, beauty that can hold its own against the masterpieces of non-figurative art.



My approach to photography has become my way to express my creativity with the textures and colors that unfold on the Saint Laurence river shores. I do co-create artworks with the shapes formed through a mysterious alchemy created by the slow upheaval of geological time and the relentless action of the tides and wind.



Those close-up images often play with the absence of visual cues in such a way that tiny spaces become larges ones, bird eyes views, mountains or valleys. A simple arrangement of stones and waterside flora and fauna could evoke either the coastal world or the telluric forces that give shape to the earth.



Through each composition, my artistic eye proposes an order within the chaos of stones buffeted by the elements, attempting to share a portion of the beauty of the world. And simultaneously, I propose a reflection on time, on fragility, on the power of the elements and on our uneasy but essential relation with Nature.



Through my photographic frameworks, I want also to celebrate the great Saint-Lawrence River which has shaped the Quebec nation's soul for generations.

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