‘ESPACES ’ is a series of twelve coloured images of panoramic style. It presents the portraits of workers from the Thetford Mines region. These images were captured in the heart of the old chrysotile mining sites – chrysotile having, for the longest time, born the name of white gold.
“This project, which I took to heart, was completed in three years. A native of the area, I returned some 50 years later to pay homage to those people, to testify to their courage, their tenacity, their respect for the past, their determination to face current challenges, and their hope for the future. Each portrait presents, in juxtaposition a miner and a representative of a firm that has appropriated the economic health of the region.
The title was inspired by the realization that a large part of our identity is marked and coloured by the places we inhabit and the persons we commune with. These are spaces with which the folks in Thetford Mines can identify. I would, therefore, like to share with you this appealing experience of grand seduction which they exerted over me!”
Richard Perron an Artist of our Region
Henry David Thoreau once wrote: ‘It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.’ It is through the eyes of photography that Richard Perron turns to in order to discover what a human being is; his influence, his emotions.
Richard originally hails from Thetford Mines but has resided in Gatineau for many years. An emerging portraitist, his approach has embraced the social documentary inspired by the grand masters of portrait art: August Sander, Yousuf Karsh, and Irving Penn. Richard’s photography equally espouses the representative genre with emphasis placed on diligent research and an affirmation of empathy towards his subjects.
In 2010 he obtained his diploma from the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa. Since 2012 Richard has participated in annual exhibitions within the Gatineau-Ottawa region with his collective Studio Zone V and has recently accepted an invitation on the part of the Musée de minéralogie et minier of Thetford Mines for a solo exhibition to expose his latest collection entitled ‘ESPACES’. In 2013, Richard received from the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa the prize for best digital image.
Richard has obtained financial exhibition support from the Council of Arts for Ontario in 2014 and 2015 and in 2016 from the private sector, and from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the City of Gatineau, MRC des Collines-de-l‘Outaouais, RC de la Vallée-de-la-Gatineau, MRC de Papineau, and MRC de Pontiac.
To consult his portfolio, please view RichardPerron.ca