Aimer la nature
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Normand Rajotte, Montreal, Québec | normandrajotte.com
Normand Rajotte lives in Montreal and works in the Eastern Townships. Shortly after his beginnings in photography the influence of the landscape led him to undertake an introspective approach centered on his relationship with nature.
In the late 1990s his research focused on a particular circumscribed region: a forest at the foot of a mountain, Mont Mégantic in southeastern Québec. It is these few square kilometers that he has revisited and explored continually for close to 20 years. A number of series whose titles are evocative of his outlook have been produced there: Entrer dans les terres (Entering the Land), Marcher sa trace (Walking in One’s Tracks), Comme un murmure (As a Whisper) (published with Éditions Kehrer), and more recently, Le Chantier (The Building Site).
His work has been presented on a number of occasions in galleries or at events, including as part of the Mois de la Photo de Montréal 2011. And his photographs figure in many collections, including those of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
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Aimer la nature
Carried out during Normand Rajotte’s residency in Picardy, France, in 2016 as part of the Gaspésie–Picardie Partnership for Photography, Aimer la nature took his photographic eye on a daily survey of two wooded areas: the state forest of Hez-Froidmont and the marshes of Sacy. In these densely occupied regions, the vegetation strives discreetly to regain its wild state. Normand Rajotte captured an intense plant life and the visual chaos it gives rise to, revealing a vibrant encompassing space where imposing trees are threatened by forestry companies.