Bio / Artist Statement
Thibault is originally from France and currently based in Portland OR, USA. He was trained in physics and worked as a researcher at Cornell and Harvard University, where he studied fundamental biological mechanisms using optics and microscopy.
At college, he became instantly fascinated by the theory of relativity, which is a domain of physics that predicts that time and distance are relative and entirely dependent on the location and conditions of observations, just like with photography. Another aspect of physics that always stuck with Thibault is the Observer's Effect. This term relates to the fact that in science, the simple act of making a measurement (or capturing photons in order to create a photograph) can in itself modify the state of the object of interest (or what was captured by the camera).
Since then, Thibault has experimented around these two ideas and fell in love with long exposure photography. It is this technique that brought the realization that a scene could be entirely transformed and a photograph made "relative" by simply changing the conditions used by the camera to "observe" (in other words, by capturing an image for 5 to 10 minutes rather than a fraction of a second). In addition to using long exposure as a way to express his artistic vision and tell us more about himself, Thibault has developed an approach that lets him "alter" the state of his subject (just like the Observer's Effect) in his imagery by using tilt/shift methods: by moving the lens with respect to the camera (hence tilting and shifting), he is able to introduce blur and very precisely control the position of his focal plane, adding an extra layer of complexity and refinement to his compositions.
Thibault is a scientist at core, and it is undeniable that he uses these two fundamental principles as a basis for his artistic vision, for stepping away from reality, and for creating new, singular and unique fine art imagery.
Most of his work shows a world in black and white, not only because he has grown a passion for monochrome and classical photography, but also because he considers that stripping a picture of its colors is not a restriction, but rather a way for him to dissociate his work from reality. He creates a new world of opportunities and emotions, and brings up the beauty of an atmosphere, a situation, a detail or an abstract vision that most people would dismiss otherwise.
After capturing a new photograph, he approaches it as raw material, a canvas for his imagination. He uses digital processing techniques just like a painter his brushes in order to make the picture his, by imposing and developing his own style and inner vision. He considers this appropriation and creative process just as important as shooting in itself. It allows emotions to bloom, presence to infuse, volumes to explode.
Thibault's work has been awarded internationally by recognized fine art organizations such as the International Photography Awards and the Prix de la Photographie de Paris.
His work has been published by international magazines and organizations such as Chasseur d'Images (Fr), Landscape Photography Magazine (UK), CameraPixo (US), Plus One Collection (book), Adore Noir Magazine (US), The Municipal Art Society of New York (US)...
Gallery Representation & Collections
- Bronze Medal (3rd Place) - Px3 2016 - Prix de la Photographie Paris
- Second Place IPA 2015 - International Photography Awards
- 8 Honorable Mentions - IPA 2015
- 3rd Prize People's Choice Award - Px3 2014
- 6 Honorable Mentions - IPA 2014
- Silver Medal (Second Place) - Px3 2013
- 15 Honorable Mentions - IPA 2013
- First Place IPA 2012
- 4 Honorable Mentions - IPA 2012
- Finalist - Best of Photography 2011 - Photographer's Forum Magazine - 31st Annual Spring Contest
- 5 Honorable Mentions - IPA 2011
- 1 Honorable Mention - Px3 2011
- 17 Official Selections - Px3 2011
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