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Artist statement

In Albert Picard’s photographic approaches, there are these evolving landscapes that slide through the windows generated by the viewfinder from his critical position on the world. He prefers to distinguish between agricultural or rural environments, relying on forests or the sea, roads or built heritage, where many people draw lines and develop land at will. The western Lac-Saint-Jean region provided it with the living space of the first two decades of its existence. The territory, folded by rivers, punctuated by lakes, dotted with artifacts and occupied by an infinite variety of agricultural, industrial and silvicultural activities, set his vision ablaze. The strong wind, playful and enchanting, in the leaves on the ground, as if to breathe life into them, made him a meditative observer whom he tried never to lose sight of.

Photography rightly claims its presence, among other things because it has images and memories in mind, a material made accessible by the unconscious. In Gaspésie, he visits the landscapes that are familiar to him, in and around villages and rows, as he did in his youth. Her camera frames and photographs the little stories that scroll through her mind. Looking back over the years, an awareness has developed in a perspective where others, those who look at his photographs, are part of the deal.

Digital photography allows him to create new pictorial spaces for aesthetic, emotional and conceptual exploration. He uses it as an art to communicate beyond language - to open up to the observer a space of possibilities that allows him to encounter other ways of connecting to the realities of our world.

Like the pen and the blank page, writing with light does not mean making reality appear as it appears, it means embellishing it, understanding it to better recreate it.