My Name is Damien Ouellette, and I am a photographer. Through my artist statement, I would like to tell you why I was attracted to the profession of photography and about my influences and style as a photographer.
I was born May 23, 1990. While growing up I always had trouble in school, and I always marched to the sound of my own beat. Within school I took interest in Japanese anime and western comic and television superheroes. For these reasons, I stood out differently from my fellow classmates. In school it did not take me long to fall behind in my reading, writing and drawing skills in comparison to my peers. It was around grade 8 I was told I had a learning disability; a reading and writing disability to be exact.
It was in grade 10 when I found my equalizer. This is when I was given my first film camera and found my photography influences such as Annie Leibovitz and Matt Barnes. It was thanks to those artists I learned that any idea could be photographed and brought to life using a camera; almost like a painter brings a canvas to life.
As a photographer, I have found my style has been influenced by a variety of media arts and colour patterns. I have been influenced from the simplest thing as the right piece of music at the right time, or even a television show that I may have viewed twenty minutes ago, to a television show I have watched twenty years ago that has left a lasting impression on me. The reason why I say colour has influenced me as a photographer is because of the emotion the right shade of colour can resonate within an individual. Another reason I find colour to be so important within photography is the expression “a picture says a thousand words.” As a photographer I ask, “what does the colour say, what emotions are expressed?” I make it a point to consider that idea every time I shoot a photo within colour.
Thank you for your consideration,