Guy Tremblay

 Fine Art Photography

Chronology

Here is a chronology of the main photographic series produced over the last forty years. All these series are the manifestation of my love for photography. Of course, these are still silver gelatine prints and more recently platinum and palladium prints.



2021       Là où repoussent les arbres (Where the trees grow back)

Là où repoussent les arbres © Guy Tremblay

For this series, I went in search of nature within city limits. A grant from the CALQ allowed me to produce a complete series of platinum and palladium prints depicting nature in an urban environment. The timeless aspect of the prints reminds us that nature has always been there and will outlive us.


2020       À la vitesse que poussent les arbres (As fast as the trees grow) - Platinum and palladium prints

À la vitesse que poussent les arbres (Platine et palladium) © Guy Tremblay

For a long time, humans have blindly sought to dominate and subjugate nature. Now that we are on the cusp of a planetary catastrophe due to climate change, it is crucial for humanity to rethink its relationship with this benevolent nature. We have become strangers on our own planet. This series celebrates nature, which has remained almost intact to this day.


2019       À la vitesse que poussent les arbres (As fast as the trees grow) – Panoramic Gelatine silver prints

À la vitesse que poussent les arbres (Panoramique) © Guy Tremblay

This is the first iteration on the theme of trees. This series translates my wonder for nature. It is in nature that I come back to life. The use of a panoramic camera with a rotating lens is both a real challenge and a release from the constraint imposed by this type of camera.


2017       Rébellion (Rebellion)

Rébellion © Guy Tremblay

This series invites us to go against the current of the overabundance of images broadcast in the media, it offers a look at the great nature, the one that is there, around us, and that we forget to look at.
This series of classic monochrome landscapes, where the human presence is absent, was made with a single camera (Voigtländer Bessa III) on a tripod and equipped with a single fixed normal lens with, on occasion, a neutral or color filter.


2017       Vestiges (Remnants)

Vestiges © Guy Tremblay

Vestiges takes a look at monuments that reflect a past that is still possible to touch today. Tangible witnesses to the passage of thousands of humans, these great symbols have been shaped by our humanity.
For this series, I chose platinum and palladium printing: a very stable photographic process like the old monuments. The longevity of these photographs should exceed the millennium if they are preserved in good conditions.


2017       La Familia

La Familia © Guy Tremblay

Like my two previous series (a thirtieth of a second and your face tells me something), this series of portraits presents street workers and street kids.
For my exhibition at the Yvonne L. Bombardier Cultural Center, I was asked to present my two previous series. As I only wanted to present recent works, I decided to produce a new version on this subject which is very dear to me. This series, similar in form to the previous one, puts even more emphasis on authentic and spontaneous expressions of the subjects. The title refers to the community spirit that reigns in this community.


2016       Japon (Japan)

Japon © Guy Tremblay

As part of the SPACE 8 collective exhibition at the Musée des Beaux-arts de Sherbrooke. I presented a series of platinum and palladium prints of images made in Japan in 2015. In these unique prints, I affixed gold leaf on certain spots inspired by the philosophy and the "Kintsugi" aesthetic.


2016       Atikamekw (Les voyageurs, Travellers)

Atikamekw (Les voyageurs) © Guy Tremblay

In 2016, the artist Roger Gaudreau undertook a creation residency at the R3 gallery as part of the Trois-Rivières National Sculpture Biennial. He invited me and gave me carte blanche to provide him with a series of portraits for the “Ship and Passengers” exhibition. By an unusual combination of circumstances, the choice of passengers fell on the Atikamekw community of the Trois-Rivières region. This series was a real pleasure to make and I am extremely grateful to Roger and all those who participated in this adventure.
This series shows peoples who are reborn, who sometimes continue to move forward in troubled waters. Peoples who celebrate life and who have dreamcatchers in their eyes.
This unique series of 26 images is now part of the permanent collection of the McCord Stewart Museum in Montreal..


2015       Défense de passer (No trespassing)

Défense de passer © Guy Tremblay

This series of panoramic triptychs covering 360° was a response to my frustration at not having access to nature in Estrie region. More and more owners of private land prohibit access even for a simple photograph. The appropriation of the territory by the wealthiest is a new reality.


2015       2nd collaboration with Marc Séguin

2e collaboration avec Marc Séguin © Guy Tremblay

In 2015, an independent community action organization that offers support to young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Sherbrooke was in critical financial difficulty. We had to find a way to quickly raise funds to save the organization. I then contacted Marc Séguin again to collaborate on my initiative. We thus produced a series of the same image limited to 25 selenium toned silver prints with unique interventions that were put up for sale. All the money raised was donated to this organization. I thank Marc Séguin for his great generosity.


2014        4 secondes (4 seconds) : Collaboration with Marc Séguin

 4 secondes  : Collaboration avec Marc Séguin © Guy Tremblay

At the end of my DPAA, I made the 4 seconds series which was intended at the beginning, as an exploration of the portrait with a common shutter speed of 4 seconds. Not being satisfied with the initial result, I contacted the internationally renowned artist Marc Séguin to "vandalize" my works. Each of these photos has thus undergone an “intervention” by Marc Séguin. All the money raised by the sale of these works was donated to two organizations helping young people in Sherbrooke. The great success of this initiative would never have been possible without the help of Marc Séguin. I sincerely thank him.


2013       Hors du temps (Out of time)

Hors du temps © Guy Tremblay

In this series of panoramic photography, I photographed places where the absence of any sign of modernity makes them timeless; time seems to have stopped. In a world that is changing so rapidly, going back to the past makes us reflecting on the passage of time.


2012       Om Mani Padme Hum

Om Mani Padme Hum © Guy Tremblay

After visiting Tibet, a trip to Ladakh was a natural fit. Ladakh, often called "little Tibet" is located in northern India where there is a large Tibetan community. In fact since the occupation of Tibet by China, Ladakh seems more authentic to me. This series complemented my previous series on the Tibetan people.


2011       Ton visage me dit quelque chose (Your face tells me something)

Ton visage me dit quelque chose © Guy Tremblay

In 2010, I wanted to reproduce the experience of 2004 (a thirtieth of a second). So I contacted the Coalition Sherbrookoise pour le travail de rue again for a new version, because the street worker team had changed somewhat. When this new series was over, I realized that I was plagiarizing myself and that series did not bring anything new. This is why it has never been made public. It was therefore in 2011 that I decided to work with studio lighting in the premises of the coalition. With the use of a flash, I was able to get up close and capture authentic expressions.
For this series, I was inspired by the work of the internationally renowned American photographer, Irving Penn (1917-2009). Penn photographed the greats of our world while I photographed those we don't want to know.


2011       Expérience tibétaine (Tibetan Experience)

Expérience tibétaine © Guy Tremblay

I have always been fascinated by Tibet. When the borders were reopened in 2009, I did not miss the opportunity to visit this mythical country. Despite a brutal occupation, this country has still managed to preserve its ancestral traditions. Despite appearances, you could feel the repression that the Tibetans had to endure every day. By presenting these images, I wanted to highlight this courageous people so that they do not fall into oblivion.


2008-2013       Visage sherbrookois des gens d’ici et d’ailleurs (Sherbrooke face of people from here and elsewhere)

Visage sherbrookois des gens d'ici et d'ailleurs © Guy Tremblay

In this collaboration with community organizations in the Ascot district, I presented an exhibition of 18 giant open-air photographs in a circuit through the multi-ethnic district of Ascot. This exhibition which was to last only 2 years lasted 6 years to the delight of the inhabitants of the district.


2008       Vietnam, journal de voyage (Vietnam, travel diary)

Vietnam, journal de voyage © Guy Tremblay

When I was young, I would never have dared to hope to visit Vietnam. Backpack and camera in hand, I set out to discover this wonderful country and its welcoming inhabitants. Motorcycle outings allowed me to explore the countryside and meet people unaccustomed to tourists.


2006       SShanghai, la vieille ville (Shanghai, the old city)

Shanghai © Guy Tremblay

Having accompanied my son on a trip to Shanghai, I decided to wander around the old town. The contrast between the modernity of the city and the almost medieval aspect of the old town was surreal. It was like time travel. How long would this way of life survive in the face of pressure from urban developers? These wanderings in the alleys without a specific goal have led to beautiful encounters.


2004       un trentième de seconde (one-thirtieth of a second)

un trentième de seconde © Guy Tremblay

Having voluntarily taught photography to street youth, I became interested in their reality. For this series, for each street youth photographed, I photographed a street worker from the Coalition sherbrookoise pour le travail de rue. In the exhibition, they were only identified by their first name without any indication whether they were a street youth or a worker. This approach aimed to break down prejudices and ignore stereotypes. The backdrop isolated them from their environment and highlighted their personality. The title of this series comes from the shutter speed I used for these outdoor natural light photographs.


2001       Portraits d'ados (Portraits of teenagers)

Portraits D'ados © Guy Tremblay

For at least fifteen years, I volunteered for photography workshops to teenagers in collaboration with various organizations including maisons des jeunes and the Coalition sherbrookoise pour le travail de rue. These workshops included, among other things, photographic portraiture. This is how I decided to photograph some of these teenagers in order to show them my way of working and to let them experience both sides of the camera.


1997       Flora Photographica

Flora Photographica © Guy Tremblay

Having been asked to exhibit my nature photographs, I decided to photograph flowers in close-up instead of presenting my usual landscapes. For this series, I used the gold toning to give a sepia effect to my prints.


1996       Portraits d'artistes (Portraits of artists)

Portraits d'artistes  © Guy Tremblay

With my involvement in the arts, I had the chance to meet several artists of great talent. It was during our meetings that I offered them to do their portrait. These environmental portraits were intended to be less formal than those done in the studio. Painters, photographers, musicians, writers and actors have kindly played my game with mutual pleasure.


1994       Tempus Fugit

Tempus Fugit © Guy Tremblay

It was around this time that I realized that I had statistically lived nearly half my life. There was no more time to waste. I turned to one of the subjects that fascinates me the most, that is to say nature


1992       Quand j’étais plus nouveau (When I Was Newer)

Quand j'etais plus nouveau © Guy Tremblay

In photography, if the photographer is not passionate about his subject, there is little chance that the observer will be. At that time, my young children occupied a lot of time in my life. The title comes from a phrase that my son threw in alluding to when he was younger. I really liked the double meaning of this sentence.


1989       Japon, journal de voyage (Japan, travel diary)

Japon 1989 © Guy Tremblay

During my trip to Japan for a Karate tournament, I took the opportunity to photograph these people who alternated between modernity and tradition.


1987       Transition

Transition © Guy Tremblay

Documentary series on two Inuit communities (Tuktoyaktuk and Sanikiluaq). These communities faced great challenges where the future seemed uncertain in the face of modernization.


1980       SOS

SOS © Guy Tremblay

First exhibition in the entrance hall of the Pollack pavilion at Laval University. This series presented the environmental aftermath of an abandoned gold mine (Alder-Mackay). Toxic mine waste is a real ecological disaster that will take years to repair. With the very limited resources of a student, this entire series was made from a single envelope of 25 sheets of 8 x 10 inch paper. The photographs were pasted on pieces of foam board recovered.