So­phie Thi­bault

Magazin'Art - - Summary - Mi­chel Bois A So­phie Thi­bault ex­hi­bi­tion ‒ Tan­za­nie : Re­tour aux ori­gines. May 4 - 14, 2017. Ga­le­rie Qué­bec Art, 40 Notre-dame Street, Qué­bec Ci­ty. 418 692-8200

“It is part of the pho­to­gra­pher's job to see more in­ten­se­ly than most people do. He must have and keep in him so­me­thing of the re­cep­ti­ve­ness of the child who looks at the world for the first time or of the tra­ve­ler who en­ters a strange coun­try.” – Bill Brandt

News­cast an­chor at TVA, So­phie Thi­bault rubs shoul­ders with cur­rent events, na­tu­ral di­sas­ters and most of hu­ma­ni­ty's miss­teps as she sits at her an­chor's desk and de­li­vers the news on the small screen. A psy­cho­lo­gy gra­duate, she has been working in the fields of jour­na­lism and com­mu­ni­ca­tions for 28 years, ever since her de­but at TVA. She was ob­vious­ly in­fluen­ced by her fa­ther who was News Di­rec­tor at Ra­dio Ca­na­da, but al­so through her pas­sion for photography and ca­me­ras. “I love the arts, dra­wing, pain­ting, even if I'm not good at it, which great­ly frus­tra­ted me in my youth. In contrast, I re­mem­ber being fas­ci­na­ted by all the images I was able to cap­ture and fix in time on film. Even truer in my tee­nage years when I could com­bine camera, vi­deo re­cor­der and sound to cap­ture ‘li­ving' images of cur­rent events. Which I to­day re­co­gnize as a di­rect link to my even­tual ca­reer choice, but was una­ware of at the time.”

Di­gi­tal tech­no­lo­gy

Oc­cu­pying a spe­ci­fic niche in the world of art, fine art photography has as­su­red­ly be­come in­crea­sin­gly sought-af­ter. The ten­den­cy has un­fol­ded thanks to the evo­lu­tion of pho­to­gra­phic prin­ting tech­niques that al­low high de­fi­ni­tion images of great du­ra­bi­li­ty, but al­so be­cause di­gi­tal ca­me­ras of­fer such conve­nience and flexi­bi­li­ty. Star­ting with ha­ving im­me­diate control on re­sults, which gives the pho­to­gra­pher room for er­ror. If the image is not to one's li­king, it is sim­ply de­le­ted wi­thout in­cur­ring any cost since there is no film to waste. In short, prac­ti­sing photography has be­come more plea­sant and much ea­sier than it used to be when images were de­ve­lo­ped in sil­ver emul­sion. This is exact­ly what al­lo­wed So­phie Thi­bault to re­kindle her in­ter­est in photography. “I had en­rol­led in a photography course at uni­ver­si­ty, just for the fun of it. But what had re­mai­ned with me was how leng­thy and com­pli­ca­ted the image de­ve­lop­ment pro­cess was. It was the op­po­site of what I was loo­king for. Then, in 2012, when I was gif­ted with a di­gi­tal camera and be­came aware of all I could achieve spon­ta­neous­ly, the pas­sion and the ap­peal of photography qui­ck­ly reap­pea­red. To­day, I can­not ima­gine going one week wi­thout using my camera. I am hoo­ked, a com­pul­sive fa­na­tic!”

Ar­tis­tic ap­proach

Eve­ry eve­ning at 10 pm, So­phie Thi­bault must de­li­ver the news while sho­wing images of des­cri­bed events. Eve­ry­thing around her is in mo­ve­ment. Team work is what al­lows her to ef­fec­ti­ve­ly car­ry out her res­pon­si­bi­li­ties. All seg­ments must be per­fect, exact, in­for­ma­tive, concise and so­mew­hat cat­chy. There is lit­tle room for re­grets be­fore going on air, and even less du­ring the broad­cast. So­phie Thi­bault, ho­we­ver, likes ta­king time to hone her images. We sus­pect that the mo­ments she spends in nature pro­vide her with a pro­found sense of well­being. “It prompts me to in­ten­se­ly live the present mo­ment. Photography al­lows me to ex­plore and dis­co­ver my en­vi­ron­ment dif­fe­rent­ly. I now fo­cus on gra­phic ele­ments, co­lours and tex­tures that sti­mu­late my per­cep­tion and ar­tis­tic sense. I seek to pro­mote the beau­ty of life that sur­rounds us all. I wish to in­duce in people a sen­ti­ment of proxi­mi­ty with the fau­na and the flo­ra. And al­so with people, but ai­ming my camera at so­meone's face is a bit daun­ting for me. I pre­fer pho­to­gra­phing people from the back, or not at all for the mo­ment.”

Tan­za­nia: a re­turn to ori­gins

Al­rea­dy present in Ga­le­rie Qué­bec Art's col­lec­tion, the ar­tist will soon be ad­ding, as part of a so­lo ex­hi­bi­tion, a se­ries of pho­to­graphs ta­ken du­ring a recent so­journ in Tan­za­nia. “My crea­tive pro­cess evolves in themes. I es­ta­blish a de­si­red content, then de­ve­lop my ap­proach. I then bring my pro­jects to bear dra­wing on my pho­to­gra­phic skills, fo­cu­sing in this ins­tance on the ani­mal king­dom while trying to cap­ture the pre­vai­ling di­men­sion of mys­te­ry or quiet­ness. Their fe­ro­cious nature as well, ne­ver gra­tui­tous­ly but in their na­tu­ral state. I la­ter strip down my com­po­si­tions for maxi­mum ex­pres­si­ve­ness, to trans­mit a sen­ti­ment, ge­ne­rate an emo­tion on the part of the spec­ta­tor. My in­ter­est does not lie in me­re­ly re­por­ting the rea­li­ty of things; I pre­fer crea­ting images that re­flect my per­so­nal vi­sion. I en­dea­vour to evoke an at­mos­phere, an aes­the­tic in­ten­tion. I use photography as a means of crea­tion, in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.”

A must see ex­hi­bi­tion! At Ga­le­rie Qué­bec Art, a key player in the field of vi­sual arts!



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