I am fascinated by constrasts, by unusual combinations: interior designs incorporating modern elements to antiques, a classic and sober look combined with a funky and colorful accessory, a town with heterogeneous neighborhoods, and even ice cream where pieces of nuts or chocolate chips come to break the velvety texture! I like to be surprised and sometimes even to be destabilized.
Based on this taste for clashes, I developed the series Rice Field Avenue with my great accomplice, the photographer Josée Houle (JoHoule Foto), who managed, as always, to give life to what I had in mind. I landed in her studio with conceptual elements for the set, my character, my accessories and my ideas, as she followed me brilliantly in the wake of my delirium. By playing with lighting, she created the exact atmosphere that I wanted these images to emanate.
As an art model, I always liked to explore various styles in photography, to create characters, different moods, and to tell something through an image.
Welcome in my contrasted, amalgamated universe: the Rice Field Avenue.
When the Caucasian meets the Asian: many contrasts nevertheless responsible for the magic and the beauty of miscegenation.
The fusion of rural and urban, of poverty and wealthiness.
To reveal and to expose ourselves, or to remain discreet, covered. What is acceptable versus what is not.
Self-control despite threatened balance, grace despite precariousness.
Emancipation and letting go, entangled with restraint and seclusion.
By demolishing, we build more beautiful, stronger. Experiment the impossible, dare the marginality. Let yourself be shocked, disturbed; your perception of the world will only be wider, richer, and definitively embellished. Despite the discomfort that will only be temporary, to defy established conventions, to refuse to follow the herd, brings only advantages: to yourself as well as to the rest of the world.
Think outside the box!!