Diptychs – creative photographic project by two Montreal based emerging photographers:
Camille Pasquin (www.camillepasquin.com)
Natalia Shaidenko (www.yamuga-photo.com)
For some time now we wanted to do a combined photo-project for the two of us, and finally decided to have a blog, which provides us with an opportunity to work together on almost daily basis and to share our images with wide auditory.
The idea of “Diptychs” is relatively simple, we are trying to illustrate words. We never felt comfortable expressing ourselves in writing. Photography has given us an opportunity to say what we like to say. We are not trying to confirm a proverb saying “One picture is worth a thousand words”. We like to give an equal importance to our images and to words behind them. But how are we choosing our subjects?
Since the technology takes control over everyone’s lives and sometimes it may seem that we do not have a real power to change that, we have decided to use an electronic random word generator to choose for us the word that will inspire our photo-project. We never know in advance what word will be given to us; it keeps a touch of surprise over our work.
This technique gives us the chance to work with the idea of words and the message they may have depending of our personal interpretation of it, literal or figurative. In this era of performance where everything needs to be done faster, words meanings and its play seem to be overthrown by the need of efficacy. We want to take a moment, breath and try to make the words ours again.
As a result, this project forces us to stop for a moment and look around, trying to see through this crazy everyday routine and transform the subjects of our regular environment into visual poetry. The challenge may be hard sometimes, since some words might not bring us any inspiration or visual connotation, but we will always try to present a creative imagery, coming from our imagination, artistic vision and personal sensibility.
Commentaries and critics are more than welcome. We always appreciate your point of view.