Carré Rouge aka Red Square, is a series I produced in a hurry. It was the end of the crisis and I wanted to pull a stunt. So I sent off a casting call through facebook and wrote a bunch a people I knew were involved in the movement. I wanted to illustrate the different types of protesters embodying the crisis, creating iconic images and wanted to print out huge posters that I would have scattered around the city during the daily protests.
The shoot was done a bit too fast and a bunch of portraits were a little bit too much staged to my liking. The crisis came to an halt and I was stuck with half a series. I look back and realize I should never shoot just for opportunity. Since that shoot, I completely changed my approach to personal work.
The images stayed on a hard drive for more than a year. Then I decided to check’em out again. There were some strong portraits throughout the lot so I decided to have the series retouched after all. Time had gone by and it seemed like a look back was relevant. I always loved my original concept of throwing burnt out newspaper and smoke to illustrate the riots and the role of the media in the conflict. I was also the opportunity to work with retoucher Pénélope St-Cyr Robitaille who I’ve wanted to work with for a while.
In the end, I learned a lot from this experience.
Some images can sit a while before gaining meaning and reaching maturity.
Never shoot for opportunity. Rushing things is never a good idea.
Always finish what you started!