Sometimes, the main motivation is in the process itself.
The fascination I have towards discovery, mystery and the way on how to get to an interesting place as a creator, motivates me.
2).Do you use a particular camera/light,etc.?
Before, I use to work with just about anything. Now more and more, I simplify my choices to quality tools and camera. I like the simplicity, it allows a better creativity. So I’d like to move to medium format camera with very high definition to capture all the details I find beautiful into light. Tool wise I’m now mainly using Liteblades. I want to see better and more tools for light painters. So I’m now working on new ideas, it’s a slow process but it sure is interesting.
3).How have you life events influenced your images?
Well, it goes both ways, my images are also influencing my life events.
Every step of transformation I live directly influences my work. For me good art is transformative, a good life is also transformative. So the deeper I go within myself, the deeper my art is.
4).In retrospect is there anything you would have done differently in your photographic career and could this be good advice for others?
I always try to influence or inspire from where I’m at now so the others receiving this don’t have to start where I did. We want to create an evolution, frog leaping, so we all learn from one another, to keep growing as a whole. When I started, light painting wasn’t seen as an art, the light painter, didn’t exist.
So to establish that concept within myself first took a long time. Now anyone who wants to be a light painter can start today. So I didn’t know where this light painting was going back then, early 90’s. So knowing what I know now, I would have done more light painting, grabing every chance I got without hesitation. I did a lot of questioning before, not knowing, hesitating, over thinking.
5).When did you decide to become a photographer?
I decided in 1986. I wanted to become a professional photographer.
Actually, when I got my first camera, a Praktica, in 1985, I did some long exposure of street lights from a high-rise building while moving the camera in every direction. I had no idea that this was going to become a career of long exposure and moving light. In 1997, I stopped calling myself a photographer and called myself a light painter.
6).Do you have any formal training regarding photography?
Yes, I studied in college and graduated in Montreal in 1991.
7).How does your personality change when you look through the camera?
When I look through the camera I see darkness. Then I move in front of the camera and I make light.
I’m an artist of darkness and light.
8).How do you feel about missed shots which cannot be recreated?
I learned to let go and move on right away, not too loose any energy on what I can’t change and focus on what I learned from my experiences to apply them to the next moment of creation.
9).What are your favorite subjects to photograph?
Light and people. But sometimes just light on a black background is great to work with.
10).What has been the single biggest obstacle against growing as a photographer in whole?
Transforming my artwork into incomes with a media, light painting, that was unknown to most.