Carl Gosselin – Artist
Have you heard of Carl Gosselin? Carl is a local artist and has been a good friend of mine for a great many years – I’d say he’s actually more like a brother. I often tell folks that Carl and the Gosselins are not only wonderful friends, but my adoptive family as well. Carl’s place is a spot where I find both great friendship and great inspiration. Carl has a small farm around the Duclos and Rupert area, a few kilometers from Masham and Lac Philippe.
I go to that farm very often and I’m always welcomed with open arms. They have horses, rabbits, goats and chickens roaming around the farm buildings freely: a really charming spot. In fact, this is the place where I shot most of my competition photos. You see, Carl owns a very large workshop where I’m allowed practically anything :-)
And we were there again yesterday, this time to shoot photos of Carl’s work: all of his sculptures and other pieces. These photos will soon find themselves on Carl’s website. What a privilege to see all of this wonderful artwork pass before my camera lens. I think sculpture is a form of art that maybe is more difficult to appreciate. It could simply be the result of more folks having paintings and the like hanging from their walls and we’re accustomed to that but fewer people think of acquiring sculptures when looking for pieces for their home. I know I’m very lucky to have a friend who can talk to me about sculpture, show me his work (where I can actually touch, appreciate and admire his creations from up close), and also explain the ideas and processes involved. It really makes it all come alive.
Carl says that a sculpture is something to be touched, you have to use your fingertips to discover the surface and textures… It’s not just something to be looked at from afar. Since hearing him say that for the time, I now visit museums going around touching the sculptures. (And sometimes getting in trouble with the staff ;-)
While shooting my talented friend’s work, I fell in love with one piece in particular. Here it is and I’m very happy to say that we acquired it and the beautiful bust now ‘lives’ in my office:
And I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to go around shooting photos of the farm (again!) when the sun started to go down… especially since the weather was so wonderful.
I invite you to go check out my friend Carl’s website to discover this talented local artist and see his work. And bookmark it too so you can regularly go back and see his latest creations. Have a great week!
Claude Brazeau MPA (Master of Photographic Arts) is an award-winning wedding and portrait photographer from Ottawa. He’s a member of the PPOC (Professional Photographers of Canada) where he’s accredited in 15 categories. Among his awards:
- Ontario Portrait Photographer of the Year – 2011
- Ontario Best in Class Fine Art
- Ontario Judge’s Choice
- Ontario People’s Choice
- Ontario Portrait Photographer of the Year – 2010
- Ontario Best in Class ‘Photojournalistic Wedding’
- Canada Best in Class ‘Photojournalistic Wedding’
For more information regarding the PPOC, MPA, accreditations and awards www.ppoc.ca
Claude Brazeau MAP (Maître des arts photographiques) est un photographe de mariage et portraitiste d’Ottawa qui a remporté plusieurs prix. Il est membre du PPOC (Professional Photographers of Canada) et détient des accréditations dans quinze catégories. Parmi les prix reçus, il y a entre autres :
- Ontario – Photographe portraitiste de l’année – 2011
- Ontario – Meilleure photo dans la catégorie ‘Beaux-Arts
- Ontario – Préférée du juge
- Ontario – Préférée du public
- Ontario – Photographe portraitiste de l’année – 2010
- Ontario – Meilleure photo dans la catégorie ‘Photo de mariage de style photojournaliste’
- Canada – Meilleure photo dans la catégorie ‘Photo de mariage de style photojournaliste’
Pour plus de renseignements au sujet du PPOC, du MAP, des accréditations et prix www.ppoc.ca