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I contact

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on March 4, 2017

For street photographers, the exploration of new surroundings does not stop to exotic places and big city structures. It goes well beyond the decor and  always reach the line of cultural differences when it’s time to press the shutter. Of course each photographer will have it’s own approach, some are less “in your face” than others in their own body language and image making tactic, and that’s the part A of the equation. Part B is the interaction with the locals and their attitude towards photography. In my traveling experience, the southern of the hemisphere I went, the more the people were acutely “aware” of their immediate surroundings. Some clearly overreacted, and some other people were down right paranoid in regards to the motive of my photographic ventures. In some cases the explanation  that I was an artist just didn’t cut it… and I must admit that explaining why I took a photo of an intercom (at night) can sometime raise eyebrows.

Eye contact also varied greatly from one place to another. In Spain for instance, I felt that madrileños responded in keeping eye contact a lot longer than most of the other places I went, and much longer than the eye contact I can have in my own native town, Montreal where the contact is a lot shorter and less direct, in the context of street photography. In the end it’s always intriguing to see what can be attributed to the size of the city, to the culture, and to the photographer attitude. All the spices that makes street photography one of the most interesting way of seeing the world.

 Adios all!

3 button intercom, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. All rights reserved, Gaétan Charbonneau © /Millennium Images.

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Hammer is the Prayer book cover

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on February 23, 2017

While extremely busy preparing my last exhibition just before Christmas I didn’t post this interesting book where an image of mine illustrate this elegant cover jacket. The sober image is based on a digital file, where a black & white film profile was applied to simulate a specific tonal curve and grain characteristic. Even if the book was printed with grey ink, I have found that the result worked quite well in this particular case. The best of both world, the predictability of the digital combined with the soul of the film!

 

Hammer is The Prayer, selected poems by Christian Wiman. Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Jacket design by Na Kim. A courtesy of Millennium Images.

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Christian Fuchs “SOCIAL MEDIA a critical introduction”

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on February 21, 2017

I have been very fortunate to provide the images for Christian Fuchs “SOCIAL MEDIA a critical introduction” first and the second edition of this reference book. This last one being the second edition.

Published by SAGE Publications Ltd. A courtesy of Millennium Images.

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Kathy Reichs – Fahr zur Hölle

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on March 29, 2016

My work appear on the front cover of Kathy Reichs novel “Fahr zur Höll ” published by the Verlagsgruppe Random House GmbH.

Courtesy Millennium Images/Plainpicture.

 

Kathy Reichs

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A book in South Korea

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on May 22, 2015

My work just got published on the MAGNUS fiction book cover, from french author Sylvie Germain in South Korea. As it is often the case with the Munhakdongne publisher, the graphic design is pure and simple, a joy for the busy eyes!

 

MAGNUS

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Gaétan Charbonneau’s New Book Cover

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on February 17, 2015

Héloïse d’Ormesson edition has used one of Gaétan Charbonneau’s images on Marc Michel-Amadry upcoming novel. A second book cover from Héloïse d’Ormesson edition.

 

A courtesy of Millennium Images.

 

Monsieur K

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The upcoming book cover!

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on August 17, 2013

Sage Publications is publishing this book with an image of mine on the cover, schedule to be released in December… were ahead! By Christian FuchsSocial Media a critical introduction“.

 

A courtesy of Millennium Images.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA a critical introduction

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New book cover!

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on April 29, 2013

Here is my last book cover image, in store June 13th. Always great to grace the front cover of a novel. Everytime feels like the first time!

Written by Lori Roy/Until She Comes Homes, published by Dutton, jacket design Jason Johnson.

 

Untill She Comes Home

 

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On nature images done in studio

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on October 4, 2012

I often find interesting highly conceptual nature images done with artificial light, from an artistic point of view. It is not only the stark contrast of nature vs controlled lighting and enhanced computer  imagery , it’s also the classic duality of nature vs artificial setting/urbanization that makes the idea more interesting when treated with this aesthetic point of view.

Adios all!

 

 

 

 

Roots, Lorraine, Quebec, Canada. All rights reserved, Gaétan Charbonneau ©/Millennium Images.

 

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To edit or not to edit with prints, that is the question

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on January 3, 2011

Yesterday I picked up the magazine where this image actually appear, Tricycle/The buddhist review, winter 2010. On these occasions I always have flashes of the state of mind I was in when I created the image.  Sure enough the tittle of the article  is “Mind like a Mirror/ The shimmering reflections of consciousness“, written by Andrew Glendzki.

I recall that at the time I was literally driving with mirrors in the back of my car, not quite sure how I would craft my final ideas. It didn’t pop up immediately, I had mirrors on the grass, under my harms, pieces of mirrors broken on the sidewalk and a couple of other concepts. The only thing that kept me searching for an idea I could be happy with, was my habit of printing my work, and looking at my prints side by side. It was the continuity, the flow of my mind looking for something, but not quite getting there that I could see on these prints. The only thing I could understand clearly was that I was getting closer with every picture, hence the final idea that appear here (model Brandon Queen holding the mirror).

That is precisely the point with editing. Of course it is to select the so-called final image(s), but it is above everything else, to see hints and traces of the future work that will take form. This method make sense for me, even (especially!) in an age where computer screens are taking away so much of our attention. Who knows, working this way might even be a revelation for those who never tried it out, a bit like having a shimmering reflections of consciousness… !

Adios all!

 

The Mirror, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. All rights reserved, Gaétan Charbonneau © /Millennium Images.

 

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