In memory of an icy cold crossing in Kamouraska

My little family is back from a freezing sojourn in the Bas Saint-Laurent. I was there for an artistic residency overseen by the Centre d'art de Kamouraska. My goal: shoot images for a new series entitled Northern Crossing that explores the passage from girlhood to womanhood. In order to to stress the unsettling strangeness that characterizes this often confusing time, I decided to use winter landscapes as a common backdrop.

I knew the shoot would be more difficult than usual for my models (my girls Zoé and Emma). But I didn't expect it to be so cold in March. With the wind chill factor, temperatures oscillated between -20 and -30 °C. Working in such grueling conditions required a fine coordination to avoid the girls freezing to death! I couldn't have done it without the help of my husband/assistant Jean-Louis.

Below are a few making-off pictures and a little video my daughter Zoé put together with her iPad, evidence of the EX-TRA-OR-DI-NA-RY braveness of my models...


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