Visual Identity by Benoît Barbé
This summer, Benoit Barbe is teaming up with Mark Wiles to create a two part photography exhibition at Mulberry Art Studios. Barbe's portion of the exhibit is entitled Visual Identity, and consists of digital, analog, and alternative photography. The work will be on display throughout the month of August, with a First Friday opening reception on August 4th from 5pm-9pm.
The photographs that make up Visual Identity were executed using different technics from digital to analog with the intent of changing our perspective on ourselves and reconciling the way we look with the way we feel. The work is Barbe's reflection on how a person’s visual identity is perceived. "I have always felt a disconnection between who I am inside and who I see in the mirror. My intent here is to isolate some of the different aspects that constitute my subject’s visual identity, sometimes pushing them to an extreme," explains Barbe. "This collection of small series or unique pieces is my way to slowly cope with my own disconnection."
Barbe's interest in photography is a lifelong one. It began with playing with cameras in childhood, grew after the discovery of a DSLR, and culminated with a vintage film camera that he received as a gift during his first month in America, after moving here from France. That, says Barbe, "began my real photographic apprentice ship. Vintage cameras taught me everything I know about photography. Each one has unique characteristics, and they all helped me understand the fundamentals of photography like no modern DSLR could."
Barbe admits to being a perfectionist who always notices the tiniest imperfections. This awareness of details is obvious in his work, as is his eye for the aesthetic nature of fashion photography, and fascination with the human form- all of which combine to make his portraiture fine art.