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About the author:
About the author:
The world presents itself and occasionally, I take the time to observe. There are times when the observation takes on the form of obsession, at other times it is the casual encounter. These moments become photographs. Believing that the normal needs to be elevated by exaggeration or simplification, I apply my skills to interpret these instances.

My work, since 1998, has focused on computer manipulated photographs.
I've exhibited in group and one person shows since 1969; exhibiting photographs, painting and prints. The prints have been exhibited extensively through 147 exhibitions, primarily in US University, College, and Community galleries. The exhibitions have been in; BC, Alberta, Ontario and in 31 American States.

Also an exhibitor in 12 virtual web galleries, associated with academic conferences focused on digital imaging in Australia, China, Thailand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

In 2006, I began publishing my completed projects as books, and have completed thirteen books to date, with three others in development to be published in 2010.

Born and educated in Alberta, I have been living in Victoria, on Canada's West Coast, since 1984.

The Forced March

Authored by Raymond St. Arnaud

This photography project had two sources of inspiration. One was the thought that I was able to walk the streets of Paris, taking hundreds of photographs, but didn't seem to have the capacity to do so at home.

The other was the motivation to become physically active by walking around my
neighborhood and city. I began twin projects as blogs on the Internet. This one was called, The Forced March, the other, The Dysfunctional Photographer.

The title, The Forced March, represents my need for physical activity and, the title, The Dysfunctional Photographer, reflects my need to rediscover the photographic possibilities in day-to-day living. The rules were simple. I had to post one photograph per day on each blog. The photographs could be anything of interest to me and my sensibilities. The origin of the photographs could be within my house or anywhere that I travelled in my day-to-day activity.

For the most part I restricted myself to using a point and shoot camera set to program mode. Doing so forced me to concentrate on visual response, instead of the camera.

The images were force processed in Photoshop to reflect my interest in exaggerating contrast, detail and color. This is an extension of my experiments in the early 1970s with film-based photography. I will confess to having given up on the film-based concept. The number of copies, reversals, negatives, positives and film masks became overwhelming and impossible to track. I am grateful for the current digital options that allow me to pursue this interest again.

Both blogs continued for 100 posts, and were closed when I redirected my time and energy to a renovation project. Prints of the photographs are available. They are printed on an archival art paper using a digital printer.

Color, 100 photographs, 114 pages

Publication Date:
1449969151 / 9781449969158
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8" x 10"
Full Color
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Photography / Individual Photographers / General

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