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Artist statement

I am above all else constantly experimenting with my immediate environment, both social and natural. To put it more accurately, my work focuses on questioning the limits imposed by humanity.

How can one push away these self imposed limits and constraints. Or, as in my most recent series, how to redefine the landscape with the help of a manmade light presence. While playing with the boundaries between conventions, I try to find a personal definition of established photographic genres.

At the heart of this research, light is predominant in the process of sublimation of the commonplace, of the forgotten and neglected subject. I work and explore light as I would a sculptural media, as a matrix of what we can see and interpret. I feel that showing banality could make it extraordinary, and thus I take great care to create repetitions, through a rigorous and obsessive series-oriented approach, motivated by a quest for pure aesthetics.

I am also interested in the narrative the image induces, in the story it invariably creates. My approach could be said to be documentary-based, but only at first glance, for in truth I try to transform reality. I wish to present of people, things and places a vision that is free of any (self) learnt stereotypes.

I lean therefore more towards the constructed image. Constructing images allows me to reach my goal quicker, which is to uncover a neglected reality, judged too commonplace to be of any interest. To show the real, I use tricks and fakery: it is my belief that photography is not a representation of the real, but creates it.

Photos of Benoit.P (2)

  • Pour faire différent un self-portrait by Benoit.P
  • Radio-Canada Interview by Benoit.P

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  • view profile says:

    "simply an awesome photostream. just had to fave almost all the pics in here. they are stunning... love to see much more of this photo artist..."

    January 16th, 2011

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    . IM says:

    "Benoit, c'te gros pédé, il ira loin !"

    December 27th, 2010

  • view profile says:

    "Benoit has one of the most fabulous portrait work that I ever seen [2]

    His vision, editing and creativity are beyond comprehension.
    All you can expect from a great photographer is Benoit."

    September 21st, 2010

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    AnomalousNYC says:

    "After many many years on flickr, and marvelling and admiring the work of so many talented artists, I finally felt my first twinge of real jealousy. I actually said "I hate you" aloud while browsing your stream. Your work is exactly where I want to be, but you possess a technical skill and grace with the camera that I doubt I can ever attain. I bow before you!!"

    September 26th, 2010

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    Fernando Farfán says:

    "The best photographer you can find on flickr, or any other place""

    July 4th, 2009

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    impossible elbow says:

    "Possibly the BEST portrait photographer on Flickr!"

    August 13th, 2009

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    Tiagø Ribeiro says:

    "Benoit has one of the most fabulous portrait work that I ever seen.

    He's a flickr superstar for sure."

    June 25th, 2009

  • view profile says:

    "Un vrai plaisir de parcourir la galerie de Benoit...avec du dérangeant, du beau, du beau dérangeant et des beaux-Jean."

    April 15th, 2009

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    Sarah Brewington says:

    "Constantly leaves me awe-struck and inspired."

    April 4th, 2009

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    La Manchù says:

    "semplicemente foto-grafia.

    semplicemente arte."

    February 2nd, 2009

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    future roof says:

    "I love everything that appears on benoit stream, is a magician of photography, a god!.
    worthy of my admiration-

    Is an honor to have it in my contacts and a pleasure too.

    Thanks for all this

    A big kiss


    January 22nd, 2009

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    rampant pleasure says:

    "T'es un emmerdeur de première au talent, à l'œil ou au doigt (chois ce que tu veux) remarquable. Tu as permis à beaucoup de monde de comprendre ce qu'est une démarche artistique et quelle en est son but.
    A force de temps tu marqueras sûrement les gens à travers tes photos au delà de FlickR, Deviant Art et des Trois Rivières."

    January 23rd, 2009

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    Michelle Brea says:

    "The first time I saw his stream, I fell in love with his yummy colors and wonderful compositions, but what really makes these photos so special is the overall concept, raw, crude, striking, blue, disturbing and at the same time beautiful photos, that will make you want more and more."

    January 14th, 2009

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    Juliets Photos says:

    "my favorite photographer on flickr."

    October 30th, 2008

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    mouzhik says:

    "Benoît est un vrai artiste pour moi: il sublime dans la photo ses émotions, ses frustrations et ses sentiments les plus profonds avec beauté et maestria!
    Mais il le fait aussi avec une telle sincérité et intensité que parfois ses photos sont à la limite du regardable...
    He makes you feel alive..."

    December 24th, 2008

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    narrow ticket says:

    "I just want to open the top of Benoit's head to see what's going on in there! Love his work, it's a mixer of emotions and sights."

    September 27th, 2008

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    Lauren Peralta says:

    "I could look at your photos for hours.
    I feel completely brought back to life."

    September 25th, 2008

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    Zeynep. says:

    "here, we are shown ' magic ' and we are taken into an endless tale..Tales of Benoit.
    this has to be the meaning of photography."

    August 29th, 2008

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    ∆ k e l l y k a i s e r ∆ says:

    "Todo de Benoit me encanta!"

    August 12th, 2008

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    André Lui Bernardo says:

    "He is crazy, he is insane, he is dark, he is sensitive, he is colourful, he is PERFECT."

    August 8th, 2008

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    dgafism says:

    "benoit is my all-time favorite photographer on flickr. i hope he stays healthy so that i can keep viewing his work for many more years to come."

    July 30th, 2008

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    Edisson V says:

    "Para mí, una de las galerías más interesantes que he visto en Flickr... 100% recomendado todo el trabajo de Benoit.P =)"

    July 27th, 2008

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    Keely Yount says:

    "Benoit.P is one of my favorite photographers on flickr. His photographs are all so unique, and genial. I've always been jealous of how he gets such equisite colors in his photos. They're absolutely gorgeous! Benoit has an eye for tasteful nudes as well. As some can be a little uncomfortable, they are still beautifully done. But that's what art is. Making others feel things whether it be being uncomfortable or absolutely delighted. Benoit definitely succeeds at this.

    You're wonderful."

    July 24th, 2008

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    Ti'diable says:

    "Souvent, je cite Benoit P comme exemple lors d'échanges avec d'autres photographe... Du goût, une perception graphique percutante... Pas grand chose me deplait, et quand bien même, je trouve toujours un point sur lequel sa difference fait son exception... Je l'envie sans jalousie, avec respect."

    July 2nd, 2008

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    Kelsie DiPerna says:

    "I gotta say, Benoit's photostream is my favorite out of every one i've ever been to. I love his creativity and raw emotions expressed in all of his photos. I'm always checking back to see more of his brilliant work!

    June 11th, 2008

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    coherent sponge says:

    "What one can say about Benoit? He is an artist, and his soul is at large thus he is trying to dig it out from our emotions."

    April 10th, 2008

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    B N C T O N Y says:

    "Bon bah ecoute, je trouve que tu as énormément de gout, ce qui rend tes photos vraiment tres belles !

    April 3rd, 2008

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    allman was here says:

    "I'm a fan of his works. I want to fave all his works but that will be too much greedy of me, LOL! Very nice gallery and I must say a very passionate artist and in some ways unique. just keep it coming, because we are always looking forward to see your works first hand, I mean not on magazines that someday might be."

    January 7th, 2008

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    Twiggy Tu says:

    "like your pics !!!! say hi ^^"

    August 15th, 2007

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    graphistolage says:

    "Bon je vais pas polluer toutes tes photos ... à chaque fois que je passe je fais un carnage en Favs :)
    J'suis fan de ce que tu fais Benoit !!
    Tes séries TC sont du meilleur gout et t'as le secret de ce délicieux mélange du bon gout (graphique) et de l'humour ...
    Voilà j'ai vidé mon sac ;)
    See you soon !!!"

    June 24th, 2007

Benoit Paillé
May 2007
Montreal, Canada
I am:
Male and Single
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