Publisher: Les Éditions du renard
Size: 23 x 27 cm (approx.)
Hardcover, edition of 500 and special edition of 30, poem “Dompter le naufrage” by Fabien Cloutier, lllustration by Frédérik Lévesque, design by Charles-Frédérick Ouellet and CRITERIUM.
This body of work takes inspiration from myriad sources – exploration narratives, sailor’s legends and the work of the navigators and oceanographers, who travel the St. Lawrence River. Quebec began as, and has remained, a seafaring society, dependent on the St. Lawrence River for the transportation of provisions, communication and travel. Long before European colonization took root, fishermen from Scandinavia, the Basque Country, Spain, Portugal, and Saint-Malo plied their trade along our coast, harvesting the bountiful resources of the St. Lawrence Estuary.
For years my work has explored the figure of the fisherman as a symbol of our collective origins. Working on fishing boats, exposed to the weather, these men labor in silence. Over time I began to see their world, through their eyes; an elemental environment of coastline, horizon, sea, wind, and sky. As if of their own volition, my photographs taken on the water naturally slip away from the discursive subject to fuse into more abstract seascapes. This body of photographs is supplemented by others taken on land, along the Gaspé and North Short coastlines, depicting the sites of shipwrecks that bear the invisible scars of the past. (Leica Camera Blog)