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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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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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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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When less is more in graphic design: part two

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on September 20, 2010

Jonathan Franzen/Freiheit, published by Rowohlt. Image by Gaétan Charbonneau ©/Millennium Images.
Since I have been licensing my fine art images for book covers for as long as I can remember, I have always pointed out that in graphic design, less IS more.
I had a recent discussion with a graphic designer group on the Net, where I pointed how important the notion of “restraint” was. That keeping things simple was in the vast majority of cases, a much better option over using a ton of  graphic elements piled on top of one another, with sometimes, overly busy and unfortunate typo usages.  In fact, the only question to ask is: are all those graphic elements crucial to the jacket design?
If the response is NO, eliminating all the unnecessary will greatly simplify the reading of the cover, while making it at the same time a lot more punchy, something that is not a luxury once the book is seen on the Amazon.com Web page tiny thumbnails.  This jacket cover with an image of mine is the closest thing relating to a perfect book cover, and  one can hardly ask for more.
Simply put, this jacket is a poster child for effective book cover design.
Adios all!

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Well worth taking a look!

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on June 21, 2010

MILLENNIUM IMAGES just updated the published work section. It’s always interesting to see the images used in the final product, how they convey the message. Amazing images from my hugely talented colleagues.
Adios all!

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The End

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on June 19, 2010

Four balls of paper/ represented by Millennium Images. All rights reserved, Gaétan Charbonneau ©
THE END OF CULTURAL DIFFERENCES, GRAPHICALLY SPEAKING THAT IS.
While I am not a statistical freak when it comes to my own work (I just shoot what I like, sorry for being so intuitive), an interesting stats emerged in regards to the images I license for the book cover market. Out of the last 10 jacket covers I licensed, 7 were licensed from a publisher based in Europe (with distribution also aimed for the European market).
It gets more interesting when I look at these numbers more closely since none of these 7 cover jackets were made from images I shoot in Europe. In fact, out of these 10 covers, only one was made in Europe (Madrid). Unless the story plot ask for a specific location, say, a night in Amsterdam, it is quite clear that an overly descriptive location can become an obstacle that can interfer negatively, in a world with a strong tendency to be more culturally unified.
It is something I always knew was happening, but to see it translated into statistical data neatly align on a graph relating to my own work is a bit of a revelation.
Adios all & happy world cup!

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