Benoit Paillé: Alternative Landscapes

Benoit Paillé: Alternative Landscapes
International Photography Grant 2019

Benoit Paille is self taught photographer based Montreal, Canada. With his growing number of likes in the digital world, we can really say he acquired the artist status, as long as his clic notoriety last. Far from looking for specific opportunities of creation, it’s in the primal impulse, the instantaneous situations that images are revealing themselves spontenaously. Using colorful flashs to outline surreal representations “ I often see myself like an hyper realist painter, my pictures documenting an altered state of mind ”. Cultivating a predilection for casual people and locations, kitsch landscapes, fences and strange parkinglots, he’s seeking the unexpected and the unseen.

About “Alternative Landscapes” Benoit says:

I was interested in the introduction of a man-made object in an outdoor setting, a luminous square, a human element that forms a relationship with nature and helps it to be reborn. From this I feel a kind of poetry blossoms, linked to the presence of this regular shape, like a recurrent canvas that symbolically references creation, the blank page, the empty space that needs to be inhabited.

The whole thing is done in an empirical way, and is guided by a formal research both obsessive and demanding. These alternative landscapes offer a new reading of the potential nature of landscape, of its conventional forms and its given beauty, simplicity or magnificence.

My approach towards landscape is to incorporate a poetical component that will trigger an emotional response linked to the form and the light. I wanted to create something that wasn’t really a landscape but rather something engineered, so as to move the viewer in a different way. I experimented with this method in many locations and this global perspective, the presence of a complete series of images, adds weight to this artificial form that lights up, subdues and transforms the original landscape.

Website: benoitp.com

Alternative Landscapes © Benoit Paillé

Alternative Landscapes © Benoit Paillé

Alternative Landscapes © Benoit Paillé

Alternative Landscapes © Benoit Paillé

Alternative Landscapes © Benoit Paillé

Alternative Landscapes © Benoit Paillé

Alternative Landscapes © Benoit Paillé

Alternative Landscapes © Benoit Paillé

Alternative Landscapes © Benoit Paillé

Alternative Landscapes © Benoit Paillé

Alternative Landscapes © Benoit Paillé

Alternative Landscapes © Benoit Paillé

Alternative Landscapes © Benoit Paillé

Alternative Landscapes © Benoit Paillé

Alternative Landscapes © Benoit Paillé

Alternative Landscapes © Benoit Paillé

Alternative Landscapes © Benoit Paillé

Alternative Landscapes © Benoit Paillé

Alternative Landscapes © Benoit Paillé

Alternative Landscapes © Benoit Paillé

Alternative Landscapes © Benoit Paillé

Alternative Landscapes © Benoit Paillé

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International Photography Grant 2019