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A CORRESPONDENCE WITH DIMITRI GUEDES ABOUT HIS PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKS AND THE CANADIAN YOUTH

We had a little chitchat with multidisciplinary ‘artist’ Dimitri Guedes from Montreal, Canada who spoke about youth in general and about his own specifically, which let us walk down memory lane. His photographic works could be pigeonholed as documentary photography and are shot mainly analogue on 35mm which makes us want to show you them.

Where do you call home?
Planet Earth, although I have never actually visited any other one.

Where did you grow up and has this city had any influence on you?
I was born in Tahiti, then my family moved to France and a few years later, to Reunion Island. I moved to Canada when I was 18, mainly to study. I think that living in all these different places had a huge impact on the way I think, by giving me different perspectives on life.

What fascinates you the most about Montreal?
I’m always fascinated because in a way it feels American and Anglo-Saxon, but with a strong touch of French and Latin influence. It gives the city a hint of rebel spirit. It’s very bilingual; people speak both French and English. Freedom, respect and art definitely take an important place here… and so does the road works everywhere.

Do you have an educational background in photography?
I studied in graphic design and web development. I learned useful things that can be applied to photography like composition and analysis. I also learned to make videos with friends who shared the same passions. Since video is about moving pictures, jumping to photography was natural.

You work with different medias such as photography, film and even graphic design. Do these things overlap each other or do you regard these things as very different animals?
For the moment, I like being a multidisciplinary person. I believe it helps me approach things with
different eyes, which allows me to fully express my creativity. I always try to recreate a feeling that is similar between my projects, regardless of the topic or the media.

On your website we can find very different photographic stories you tell. Where do these ideas come from?
Generally, I try to focus on details that we usually don’t stick to. I think that every photograph tells
a story, and when all of that is put together, it tells another story, which is part of a bigger story inside the creative universe I’m trying to create.
Something like that..

Your photographs are representing a certain youth culture. Could you define this certain type of culture and do you think it represents the Canadian youth?
It’s hard to put words on it, but I would say the culture my photos represent is the DIY one. Maybe it’s the way of thinking of a young generation who feels free, who have various tastes, is open minded and wants to have fun.
It may represent a part of the Canadian youth, but is not limited to it.

Tell us something about your youth. What where the milestones of your generation?
I think some of the main struggling of our generation is the fact that we have a different vision of the world than our predecessors. I believe that most of us see the world as our playground. We want to be educated and we want to work, but in an interesting way, on projects that interest us. We also have a different relationship with
authority. The list is long!

Had these, let’s call them ‚milestones’ any influence on your artistic style?
Definitely! I tend to express a kind of freedom mixed with a nostalgic feeling in my work.
Also, I often question my thoughts while I’m creating. Sometimes we do things in a particular way because
we have been told that it is how it should be done, but we tend forget that things can be done differently!

On what kind of project are you working on currently?
I just picked up the scanned films of a music show I shot a few days ago. Despite of that, I have many projects in stand by, including a documentary short film.

More of his works are listed on his website: dimitriguedes.com

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