Humanist and passionate photographer, Alain Le Chapelier invites us to discover his artistic statement including what led him to photography:
I started photography at a very young age, when I was twelve years old. I was especially interested in the technical aspect of the laboratory, fascinated by the image that appears on the sheet of paper, under the red light. At the same time, I was interested in the composition of the photos. I have never taken a photography course but I have documented myself a lot by reading books on photographic techniques and graphic expression while taking inspiration from renowned Artists. My professional career on the other hand focused on the education, guiding young people. However, I have never stopped practicing photography which I consider a true source of creation. Later on, more experienced photographers encouraged me to show my work.
His artistic approach
I am inspired by humanist black and white photography. Brassaï, Henri Cartier Bresson, Robert Doisneau, Raymond Depardon, Willy Ronis, Sebastiao Salgado are Artists who resonate particularly with my artistic statementh. Indeed, I like to represent people in their living space, strangers I crossed path with in the street, a bar, a museum. I’m looking for graphic atmospheres. I use light and a discreet equipment. A Leica digital camera and Leica silver cameras, the oldest of which dates back to 1962 and 1964, are my creative tools. On the digital M9, everything is manual. I have to anticipate situations when I have found a setting that only needs one person to get into the frame and give the picture what it needs. I like to tell a story by looking at my pictures, imagining what may have preceded and what may follow. I appreciate when the viewer is sensitive to the composition of the image and tries to imagine what can be read in it.
On the technical level, my practices have integrated the use of digital technology, without giving up that of filmmaking. On the artistic level, I learned to compose my images by integrating characters into my frames, by making sure that these characters can be integrated into a story that the viewer tells. My series are always built based on my shots. Indeed, I assemble photos, taken in different places and at different times to compose a series, according to what these images mean to me before sharing them with others. I want to continue to tell stories that resonate with those who see my photographs and arouse emotional reactions.
All the exhibitions I have held as part of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts since 2013 have been very important to me. I gained notoriety and received awards on these occasions. I have also participated in other international exhibitions thanks to Bénédicte Lecat, at the “Artists of the World” salon in Cannes since 2014, but also in Florence and Brussels en 2016 as well as in Montreal in 2017. An exhibition in Yerevan, Armenia took place in 2015. The best memories of the exhibition I had so far are those related to the exhibitions I was able to attend and in particular the last exhibition of the National Society of Fine Arts in which I participated from the opening to the closing. I had the opportunity to meet photographers whose works I knew well and to interact with them, as well as with the audience and to make meaningful encounters. I am exhibiting at the Concept Store Gallery Gallery in La Baule from April 27th to May 10th, 2019. The Salon des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 12th to 15th December 2019 at the Carrousel du Louvre will also be something to look forward to.
His relationship with Art-Trope
I lack visibility as an Artist offering his photos for sale. My Artwork is appreciated by those who follow me and by those I meet during exhibitions but I want to develop my notoriety. Art-Trope can help me in this context in order to give me additional visibility. The Art-Trope team also supports me in the creation of a website. Their strategic advice, as well as their support in my artistic statement, but also the possibility of considering other options than those I previously chose, are essential elements for me.
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