Apr 7, 2014
Somewhere between photography and illustration, influenced by cinema and pop culture, Simon Duhamel
's visuals registers in a modern approach to photography. Both photographer, retoucher and director of photography, Duhamel knows how to create unique scenes and ambience for each of his realizations, providing each project with a distinct visual signature. Early 2009, Simon co-founded Made of Stills, a community of Montreal artists involved in visual arts that now shares a 5500sq ft space, including 2 studios. He now runs under Consulat, an agency he co-founded in 2013 in collaboration with photographers Guillaume Simoneau, Jocelyn Michel, Maxyme G. Delisle and producer Sebastien Boyer.
Mar 19, 2014
: In Controlled Burns
, swirling and imposing clouds of smoke contend with one another in a physical battle between diametrically opposing explosions of black and white. From a structuralist point of view, this imagery serves as metaphor for binary opposition, e.g. good vs. evil or day vs. night, yet this is not the sole line of inquiry. Inspired by the smoke signals of the recent Papal conclave which uses smoke as form of basic communication, this series is apart of a larger artistic pratice focusing on human relationships to nature. Fire is a powerful natural force that we harness for greater good, and it is the only Classical element, that we can create on demand, yet when out of control it has the potential for grave destruction. Contolled burns, is a visual representation of an inherit duality in how we interact with nature, symbolizing our desire to conquere and control nature, reminding us that sometimes we must fight fire with fire.