Over the years, the city of Sherbrooke has been the subject of many artistic projects. Indeed, there has been no lack of studies, research of all varieties including books on the Queen of the Eastern Townships.
However, this is an unusual project: an exhibition of black-and-white photos of Sherbrooke, expanded by citizens' reflections on the theme determined by the initiator - that of - hope. This project differs from those presented previously, as it incorporates the collaboration of various personalities of the City. This complicity is the primary objective of the project's creator, Marcel Morin. Insofar as Marcel is concerned, it does not suffice to present only imagery as captured through his camera lense - rather he seeks to collect the personal sentiments of fifty Sherbrookois, who are informed by various environmental spheres, inter alia, political, educational, cultural, business, sports etcetera. Marcel's sincere desire is to support his photography of Sherbrooke through the writings of it's inhabitants.
The imposed theme: hope
These accomplices will be asked to comment on this imposed theme by being inspired by fifty large-format black and white photos that will be proposed as avenues for reflection. What dreams buried in these photos will wake up? There is no doubt that old images (happy or dark) will require to rise to the surface at the sight of these clichés oversized ... What will evoke in accomplices these public places frequented or abandoned? The marriage of some, the graduation of another? The premature departure of a child, a well-guarded hiding place, a secret flushed out?
According to Marcel Morin, the eye of the camera does not catch everything: it directs the gaze towards a direction often unsuspected, it proposes a singular angle of observation, suggests rather than to impose. Here and there, old stones, a neighbourhood school, the tumultuous waters of the Magog, signs that have crossed the time, etc. Every memory contains a hope; every day too. The entire space of this project is entirely devoted to the play of interpretation ...
Presentation of the author of the project
Marcel Morin is a photographer and globetrotter. For fifteen years, he has had the chance to travel around the world: he has traveled from Eastern Europe to South Africa, from Southeast Asia to India and China where he lived for more than ten years. It was there that he discovered street photography. Adept of portraits, he is carried away this time to public places, buildings, streams.
As a photographer, Marcel Morin is the antithesis of purists - for whom he feels a lot of respect - who present their photographs exactly as they were taken. He prefers, for his part, to make use of all the tools available to represent vibrating slices of life. He tries to translate his feelings through stylized photos. His wish: that we stop, let the memories go up, that we seize the message that can transmit a photo, that we consent to an awakening of consciousness.
After an absence of more than forty years, the photographer offers a fresh look on the city of Sherbrooke. Marcel Morin is from La Patrie, in the Eastern Townships. For several years, he has been a tireless collaborator of the Journal de rue de l'Estrie. Its goal is to return all the profits from the sale of the photo album and the exhibition to an organization that helps people who are homeless or at high risk of homelessness. His wish: to allow access to art through a photography studio or other.
Presentation of the project manager
Marcel Morin has appointed Serge Lavigne as Project Manager. The latter will have the mission to reach fifty citizens of Sherbrooke who will agree to get involved in this project by delivering a personal reflection on the theme of hope. In charge of soliciting, he will explain the prime motivation of the creator and collect brief texts (max 50 words / or tweet).
Serge Lavigne is a retired teacher. Specialized in information technology, he is also a photographer, has participated in numerous exhibitions (solo and group) in the region.
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