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I’ve invited a guest back to chat with us again, this time to focus more specifically on her incredible photographic work (we only touched on her poetry last time), so it gives me the greatest pleasure to give you Cendrine Marrouat and an insight into how she creates her wonderful photography.
Let’s get this thing going in a flash 🙂 and thanks for reading.
Hi there Cendrine, thank you for spending time with us again, with this particular session focusing on the nature of your photography, along with what motivates and influences you as a photographer.
I am excited to be back! Thank you for the opportunity.
Firstly, you have published three photography books. Please tell us more about all of them, what drove you to create them and the interpretational messages that are inherently found in these collections.
My photography books are all mixed-media collections.
When the Mind Travels: A Poetic Journey into Photography (2015) is a meditation on nature and the human condition through images from several countries, including Canada, Syria, the United States, and France. Each photo is paired with a poem.
Life’s Little Things. Les petites choses de la vie (2016) is a bilingual collection (English and French) and the first book in my Life’s Little Things series. I chose to keep the amount of text minimal, in order to focus on the visual elements and force the reader to embrace what they see.
Life’s Little Things: The Quotes (2017) leverages the power of inspirational quotes and images. The book offers a reflection on our never-ending connection to nature.
Artists have a major role to play. They must elevate the conversation, inspire people, and encourage them to question their limited views of the world.
I want my readers to stop and smell the roses, to (re-)learn the importance of self-love and self-awareness. In this day and age of increasing negativity and violence, they need to treat themselves better.
You mention your fondness for black and white images, both in your photographic research and the pictures that you take themselves. Can you tell us more about what fascinates you with this medium and why it is so important to you?
Black-and-white photography has always fascinated me. There is something inherently emotional and beautiful in them, no matter the subject. To me, it speaks to a more “virginal” way of seeing the world. Without color, you are left wondering what the scene really looked like when the photographer recorded it.
I equate a black-and-white photo to a play. There is a lot happening between the lines. If you don’t catch it, the message will remain hidden.
You also mention that you have created your own style of photography called “reminigrams”. What are they exactly and how do you go about creating them?
“Reminigrams” are my way to pay homage to the past — and the early days of photography. The word is a combination of two ideas:
- ‘reminiscence’, which stands for a memory or the act of recovering it; and
- ‘-gram’, a suffix of Greek origin meaning “something written” or “drawing”.
For a while, I tried to emulate tintypes and daguerreotypes — two of the oldest photographic processes in history. However, since they require very specific techniques that digital photography cannot render, I decided to come up with my own concept.
Each reminigram depicts a scene from a past that could have been. You can see what I have done so far here:-
I select the photos that will become reminigrams carefully. They must have an “old-fashioned feel” about then. Then, I use Nik Analog, Topaz Texture Effects, ON1, and Lightroom for to get the desired results.
Have you faced any unusual or specific challenges in taking pictures for your collections that you had to come up with creative solutions for?
Not really. I always choose the photos after the facts.
Have you always been interested in the type of photography found in your books or do you have other genre types of pictures that you have focused on over the course of your career?
I have always had a passion for nature, black-and-white and closeup images. I tried dabbling into other types, like portraits, but they are not really my cup of tea.
What kind of gear/equipment do you use to take your photographs?
I own a Nikon D750, two lenses (all-in-one and macro), a wireless shutter, and a tripod. Nothing fancy, really.
Whose photographic work has influenced you the most in your life?
Ansel Adams’ for sure! His use of light and contrast is unparalleled. I wish somebody invented software to translate his images into words. I feel that they would make poetry à la Khalil Gibran – my favorite author.
Among all of your photographic works, which one is your personal favourite and why is it your favourite?
One of my favorite shots is the one I took in Palmyra, Syria, in April 2009.
One day, my friends and I spent a couple of hours walking through the ruins of the old city. Since I was sick and could not keep up with the group’s pace, I decided to take my time and enjoy the view.
At some point, I heard voices behind me. I turned around and took the photo.
This image is dear to my heart because the arch was destroyed by ISIS a couple of years ago. Syria is the most beautiful country I have ever visited.
When and how were you originally inspired to become a photographer? Also do you have any formal training that you draw upon?
I started my artistic career as a poet. Unfortunately, I often struggled to find the words to describe what I saw around me. Photography fell in my lap and bridged the gap in that sense. It allowed me to paint pictures with silence.
I don’t have any formal training.
How do you personally educate yourself to take better pictures? What sort of research do you partake to improve your skills?
I watch videos, read articles, look at photographers’ portfolios, and practice a lot. For example, I have a list of basic tips on my phone for subjects that I consider difficult to capture (e.g. sunset, moonlight, night sky, long exposure, etc.). That way, I don’t waste too much time trying to figure things out.
The basics are important, of course. However, a photo can only become a piece of art if the photographer trusts his or her creativity and vision.
Do you use any specific editing software packages or written guides to assist you with the production of your pictures?
I use a combination of software for editing – Darkroom (RAW format), Lightroom and Topaz / ON1. But I avoid over-processing as much as possible.
YouTube is an excellent resource for tutorials.
How do you spend your free time when you are not taking pictures?
I like simple pleasures in life — reading, doing crosswords, walking, listening to music, spending time with friend, etc.
Tell us more about your upcoming projects. Are you working on anything specific or have plans in the pipeline?
I have just finished promoting my latest book. So I am taking a break.
In a few months, I will start working on my fourth photography collection. It will be another mixed-media project featuring haiku.
What are the things that you wish that you knew back when you first started taking photos? Do you have any parting words for other aspiring photographers to take to heart?
Honestly, nothing. I love learning from my mistakes and I would not be where I am today if I had not made them.
Too many people want to cut corners and get results fast. I’m not one of them.
The best photographers in the world have a unique style. They usually do not follow trends. They only “follow their bliss”.
Your gear does not define you. What does is your ability to recognize the stories around you and document them through your lens in a way that makes people stop in their tracks.
There was a time, not long ago, when I had no idea what I was doing. Some of the photos from that era, which were taken with a point-and-shoot camera, still elicit wonderful comments from people. They are simply framed in a way that speaks to them.
If you want to be taken seriously, do not seek Instagram fame. Seek to inspire and uplift by presenting to the world a vision that is both unique and inquisitive.
And that’s a wrap! Thank you for sharing with us all of your photographic experiences with us, it has been both fun and revealing 🙂
Thank you again, David! Great questions!
Cendrine Marrouat is a photographer, social media blogger and trainer, French instructor, and author living in Canada. She is the founder of two blogs:-
In 2015, Cendrine was recognized a Top 100 Business Blogger by BuzzHUMM. Social Media Slant also made Fit Small Business’ Best Small Business Blogs of 2015 & 2016 lists.
Cendrine has authored two social media books and has self-published five collections of poetry, along with a spoken word CD. She is also the author of three photography books.
If you would like to read Cendrine’s insights regarding her poetry then check out her previous Author Interview here:-
You can connect with Cendrine via the following Social Media channels:-
You can buy her books here:-
If you too would like to be interviewed on my blog at TooFullToWrite and you have a book or a series of books that you would like us to chat about then fill out the Contact Me form here with your details and we can arrange a future interview slot.
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