Tormented dreamscapes, desert and silent plains, all invitations to remote and chimeric territories… Christophe Dessaigneâ€™s creations are open doors on fantastic and dreamy horizons where digital photography serves the fanciful imagery of surrealist photomontages.
â€œThe more I was learning about photography, the more I realized how frustrating it could be,â€ he explains, â€œmost photographers are usually after outstanding natural landscapes and rule out, maybe out of snobbery, digital tools. I consider digital photography as an extraordinary way to alter and experiment with the image, and ultimately bring it to something fantastic, in the literal meaning of the word.â€
Driven by this creative urge, now unhindered by the sacrosanct rules of photography, Christophe threw himself into editing. â€œThe possibilities offered by Lightroom and Photoshop combined are unlimited. My work mainly revolves around two axes and depends on my mood. I can take â€œsimple picturesâ€ with few editing or get lost in sophisticated photomontages.â€
Even if he readily admits enjoying photomontage, photography still takes up half of his creation work: â€œI think that the success of a complex photomontage resides in the story it has to tell. Technique is secondary though still necessary. To evoke a feeling, an image has to tell something, it has to carry the viewer in a different world, besides having a solid composition. Most of the time I know exactly what I want in the end. I visualize the final image before I start editing it. I even often sketch it.â€
Christophe was the very first featured artist here on Aves Noir, and we felt he deserved a repost to show off some of his recent work.Â If you love what he does, you can visit his shop here.