Looking into our legacy with Guillaume Tomasi

Guillaume Tomasi, born in 1984, is a french photographer living in Montreal. He worked as a creative developer for various agencies and studios before he decided to quit his job and start a Bachelor of Fine Arts (master in Photography).  He is now working occasionally on web projects, studying in the University and working on photographic assignments. He is also the creator of Fiiiirst. We’ll take a look at his series Ce qu’il restera.

After he stumbled upon the work of Julien Coquentin called Tôt un dimanche matin in 2012, he figured out that it was possible to tell a story and to communicate some personal feelings. Frustrated by his job and in the need to express his creative mind, he tried film photography and it blew his mind. He got particularly seduced by the slow process, the seductive aesthetic and the physical finality, which lead him to mix the documentary and fictional approach.

Being interested in discovering new photographers, he was often curious to see what could be the result of an association. Therefor he created Fiiiirst, a website showcasing discussions between authors photographers. “Every month, two photographers are invited to interact through an image-based discussion. To keep this dialog without a pre-formated vision, the identities of each author are kept secret until the end of their respective discussion. So, when their dialog is published on the website, they discover their partner at the same time as the audience”. The second edition has begun in June 2017,  and Guillaume wishes to release a photo-book compiling the first two editions.

Ce qu’il restera is a body of work he made between 2015 and 2016, inspired by a road trip on the west coast of Canada with his wife and son. Observing humans traces that alter our perception of  huge landscapes, the project explores the link between human and nature, about how we change and take ownership of the land.

“We discover every year that a new specie disappears, and currently we don’t have the instinct to think that we could be the next one. I wanted to illustrate this moment where human would disappear from the earth. What would remain? With these pictures, I wanted to record what would be the next fossils which will testify of our presence on Earth if we disappear”.

More on his website.

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