“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.”
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!”
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.”
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