Thomas Bouquin | Montreal, Canada

Short bio:
I’m a French photographer based in Montreal, Quebec, working within the gap of photographic subjectivity and documentary traditions. I’m interesting by the concept of territorial identities through the interrelationship between man and its habitat, and how elements such as personal memory and historical traces can influence and modify our perceptions of places. My work has been exhibited recently at the Candela Gallery (Richmond, usa), at the Lomography Gallery (New York, usa), and at the One Eyed Jacks Gallery (Brighton, uk). I’m also freelance photographer, photo researcher, and co-founder of the Photobook Club Of Montreal.

Why do you photograph on film?
For me, film is still a great object to create visual archives with. Analogue camera are as simple as I like to work with, just what I need, with no artificial or useless functions, so I could focus only on what I’m doing rather than the immediate result. Also I really enjoy the slow process of working with analog that allow to spend more time with images. At the end, I feel I know them very well and I’m more able to edit and sequence them.

What is your work about?
The series The Rock of Ercé is the photographic evocation of an immigration history, both collective and personal, between the village of Ercé (France) and New York, since the late nineteenth century. This project brings distant times and places together, to highlight how the memory of one remains in the imagination of the other. In the heart of Central Park, immigrants from Ercé used to meet at a specific rock every Sunday to help each other and share news from their village. They called it the Rock of Ercé.