Martine Marie-Anne Chartrand

Martine Marie-Anne Chartrand photographer

Martine Marie-Anne Chartrand is on a zero-waste journey and is exploring processes such as anthotype and chlorophyll alongside her work in cyanotypes and pinholes.
From: Canada.
Shows: Anthotypes, Chlorophylls, Cyanotypes and Pinholes.


Martine Marie-Anne Chartrand has been doing photography as fine art since she was in college and attended the Ottawa School of Art in Canada. In art school, she would enrol in every photography class available and as often as possible her work would include some form of photography. She graduated from art school in 2002. Until this day she is always exploring different photography processes and ways of taking pictures. Martine Marie-Anne Chartrand loves the process part of photography, always bringing her some profound feeling of a magical moment when you see a photograph appear on a substrate. This feeling is important. Not opposed to digital photography, she does prefer the visual aspects and slow approach of analogue photography. She has been doing pinhole photography since school. Working with her handmade double 4×5 pinhole camera, she is documenting her local river. She loves sharing this pinhole magic in a classroom. In the last several years, Martine and her family have embarked on a zero-waste journey. The only logical step in this journey was to start doing a more ecological approach to her art-making. After doing dye and inks with natural foraged elements and kitchen scraps for a few years she discovered the anthotype process and has fallen in love with it. She is only a beginner in this alternative process but she plans on continuing on this path.

Growing up on a vegetable farm in rural Aylmer has influenced her imagination and her preoccupation with the environment. She likes to tell stories with her photography. Her deep love for fairytales and symbolism always finds a way in her imagery. Her quote about it all is this

“For me the art of photography is a process of discovery, expression, and understanding of human emotions. With light, I tell stories that compel me and haunt me.”

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