“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.”
Jacques LeBlanc has been taking photographs of Long Island since the early 1970’s and has always been attracted to documenting its towns and homes. Although already well established as a black and white photographer, since retiring in 2007 from a career in education he has immersed himself in color. By merging his photographs with paint, both digitally and traditionally, he has developed what has become a sort of “signature-style” for him.
“Today my work still starts with a photograph but it rarely seems to end there”, LeBlanc stated. “Now they more often interpret rather than document and because of that they are often defined using terms most often associated with paintings. My goal is to produce a timeless, almost dreamlike appearance, similar to how a memory might appear. Typically, the feeling that I want the viewer to walk away with is one of nostalgia.”
“After my interview with Hamptons Magazine in 2016”, Jacques added, “I was pleasantly surprised at the level of interest there was in my work, especially with historic properties such as hotels and inns. It was a great fit for me with my background in architecture and they saw it as an interesting new way to showcase their properties.” Since then I have been asked to photograph some of the most prestigious properties in the Hamptons.
Jacques has won numerous awards for his photography including Golf Photo of the Year from the International Golf Hall of Fame in 2012 and his work has been included in numerous art galleries and juried shows.