MICHEL THIBERT Landscape Photographer
A Photograph Nomad in the Skies
Through his photographic signature, Michel Thibert invites the viewer to experience, with him, areas that one may otherwise never see. His use of vanishing points allows us to ‘enter’ nature, not physically but emotionally. This pushes us to go further in a shared perspective. Michel’s work will carry you in a tumult of: impressions, fields, mountains, rivers and clouds. He strives to find, feel and capture the essence of the products of creation. Also, motivating us as the viewers to recreate our own paths of discovery. Perhaps Michel’s images will help your journey and fill your environments with some of ‘The Beauty Rediscovered’.
Michel started taking photos at the age of 15, perfecting the techniques while developing an eye for framing and the management of light. By 1973, he had already worked professionally for over five years in the field of communications and video production (commercial and series). Thereafter, for the following thirty-five years, he worked in business development.
Now at 58 years old, he works as a pilot in command between Quebec City and the Canadian Arctic. Photography has always captured Michel’s attention and is becoming his preferred way to communicate his vision of the world. This is a shared experience with the people Michel meets and the landscape that inspires his art. He first perfected the techniques and personal style directly from the cockpit, sometimes using panoramic views in relation to the magnitude of the scene. One of his intentions is to take the standard aerial view people are accustomed and give it an aesthetic created with intent, something more, that moves it away from being just a documentation of the area.
Viewed from the Cockpit, not always!
But, always looked at with a Geo-Poetic Spirit
In the last two years, Michel’s perspective has been transformed from a descriptive one to an evocation of his feeling that help him to understand his reality. Michel’s preferred routes and shooting locations bring alive the last few remote areas on our planet, feeding off the sense that few of us have ever been there. From the rainforests of Costa Rica to the small villages of the Canadian Arctic, Michel choses angles with social issues that are currently having impacts on people and nature.
From the 2012 season, He has shown a greater number of land scenes. Sometimes the images may reflect positions of the white colonizers from the south. It is, however, in discussions with his ‘brothers’ from Nunavut that he connects and understands more on the planet and himself. Even though portrait is a minority part of his body of work, the human presence is not completely absent. Michel’s photographs reflect a story, to capture a given moment. The image of these beings, living in very harsh conditions generates perpetual recognition. Finally, some of the images can be viewed as critical of certain policies and positions of society ''and to serve those who suffer history'' (Albert Camus)....
As master of inter-ethnic exchanges and understanding, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, is a guide and inspiration to Michel as he illuminates many others with his implications and imaginative projects. He improve his techniques by studying the concepts and teachings of master photographers: Ansel Adams for the zoning system, Michael Freeman for his philosophy on the art of photography and finally, the relevance of the lines and the use of contrasts in photography so called Fine Art with Michael Levin. Michel’s team is composed of two digital image retouching certified experts and one part time field assistant.
We hope the sharing of his art through pictures will bring you the light that accompanies Michel Thibert’s shooting!