Contemporary Landscapes: Beau Comeaux

Beau Comeaux

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” 

   —Marcel Proust

'Trench' © Beau Comeaux Photography

'Base' © Beau Comeaux Photography

Artist statement

Being an extremely curious and explorative person, the night becomes my photographic playground. I generate visible representations of my imagination through acquisition and manipulation of digital captures. Focus, light, and color are twisted beyond their quotidian existence in order to transform the spaces depicted into fantasies wrapped in spatial ambiguity. This series of images depicts the continuous renewal of our surroundings through construction/destruction activities.

Each image is composed of multiple captures of the scene before me, blended together seamlessly to subtly reconfigure the space depicted. Overlain with my childlike imagination, perspective shifts, color mutates and lighting and focus further heighten disorientation, provoking a deeper examination of the spaces depicted.

Within the confines of the image, the observer becomes both servant and master; contributing to meaning and narrative. By using the photograph as an extension of my imagination, I provide a framework in which the viewer can operate, supplying his or her own particular narrative to my suggestive imagery.

'Exit' © Beau Comeaux Photography

'Monolith' © Beau Comeaux Photography

About Beau

Beau Comeaux grew up an only child among the trees and rivers of southern Louisiana.  An early experience with photography sparked a lifelong interest in viewing the world around him in an intense, calculating manner. Vivid imagination and a desire to explore what’s around the corner or over the next hill directs his nocturnal wanderings, which began in the mid 90s.

Regardless of the tool at hand, he has always had an intense desire to create. Originally a graphic design major in college, Comeaux would skip classes to stay in the darkroom and print. The process of transforming a negative captured hours/days/weeks prior into his current memory/imagination of the scene was of immense fascination to Comeaux. This led to an obvious change in major and also to an MFA in photgraphy.

A switch to digital technology around 2004 led to new avenues of creativity, bringing the darkroom transformation experience to color work. This switch happened rather pragmatically, using a digital camera to shoot “Polaroid proofs” of his long film exposures at night. When Comeaux found the quality/speed/experimentation of digital capture excited him more than film, he simply left it behind. The medium of choice is just a tool serving his creativity.

'Planks' © Beau Comeaux Photography

'Pillars' © Beau Comeaux Photography

To see more of Beau’s work, visit www.beaucomeaux.com 

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