Get Featured – Francois Nadeau


by Bellamy /

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Get Featured: Francois Nadeau
Thoughtful street photography from one of our regular bag contributors. Come and have a look.

My name is François Nadeau and i’m a photographer and a music composer (tv, documentary,etc) from Montreal, Quebec. I love photography and I have been doing it since my childhood. Very young my parents gave me a camera. During my teens, I had a darkroom at home. My favorite readings was going thru the National Geographic and looking at those beautiful pictures. Photographer Steve McCurry had a huge influence on me.
After stopping for a numbers of years to concentrate on my music  career, I have come back to my first love lately in my life. Right now, it is my main objective and passion. I do commercial work, live concerts and doing some international assignments. I love cameras. I have tons of them!! Digital and film. My fridge is full of all kind of films.
I shoot mostly digital for my commercial works as well as for landscape, macro, etc. Main camera is a Canon 5D MIII. But i love shooting film especially for street photography. I usually go around with a digital , either a Olympus O EM1 or a Fuji x20, and a film camera. Depends on how i feel that day, i can take with me my Canon A1, Nikon FM2 or something like my Olympus XA2 or Yashica Electro 35. In the morning,  It’s more difficult for me to choose which camera i’m gonna take than choosing socks!



I’m mostly a outdoor guy. And we have a lot of that in Quebec. I would rather spend my time in nature. But I live in the city for work and I do love street photography. Everyday, I am fascinated to see all those people living in what I call the Human Zoo.
For me, street photography is pretty much a sociological work. What’s fascinating is how and why have we chosen to live in this agressive environment, of glass and steel. Trying to hide from the sun and fresh air. Do we really like to hide ourself underground? And being that close together? Yet, there is so much solitude. I have discover, while i was taking pictures, that most of the people in it seems to be lonely and just lost in all this. I cannot imagine those images in colors. But somehow, you can find beauty and this is a ongoing project for me.



Thanks Bellamy to letting me share my passion.





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7 comments on “Get Featured – Francois Nadeau”

    Stuart May 21, 2014 at 11:32 pm / Reply

    Lovely work Francois! I especially like the first pic- initially very simple – you just feel the guy savoring his smoke, lost in thought- but then at a second glance there is so much more complexity and texture added by the reflections of bypassers and the trees. I also like your use of geometry in the Metro Pics. I too have rekindled my childhood/teenage love for photography in my late early thirties—and I too was inspired by National Geographic and Steve McCurry. I will never forget the excitement of coming home from school to find the new issue waiting for me on the kitchen table. I would excitedly free it from its brown paper sleeve and time would magically vanish until my parents called me to dinner! Nowadays I’m a geologist and when I get sick of research I still dream of being a Nat Geo photographer…
    Thanks for sharing-made my day!
    PS What kinda film you be shooting’ there, pardner?

      François May 21, 2014 at 11:55 pm /

      Thanks Stuart.
      I still receive my NG but not in brown paper sleeve anymore. It pop-up on my ipad!! :-)
      I like to experiment and try any film but mainly tri-x or ilford hp5.

    Claudio May 22, 2014 at 2:40 am / Reply

    Hi Francois,
    wonderful photographs !!! I like the high contrast and the first one is really spectacular.
    I too started photography at the age of 13 with a Praktica PLC3 my father bought me in East Germany where he went for work. I still have it after 32 years and it still works!
    I recently came back to film after some years in the digital jungle and I love developing my tri-x at home, the smell brings back so many nice memories…
    It would be very interesting to know the work flow of the images you are showing us. Were these taken on film than scanned and post processed in photoshop?
    Thanks for showing your work!

      Francois May 22, 2014 at 2:58 am /

      Thanks Claudio,
      I love the smell of revelator in the morning.

      I devellop my film at home with a patterson tank with either rodinal or D-76 . Then i scan with a Epson v700. Importe in Ligthroom and adjust. I clean the dust and scratches in photoshop. As for digital image, i love the Street photography presets. And i have one preset that i use a lot that was one from the Street photography presets and i have modified it.

    Gonzalo May 24, 2014 at 11:17 am / Reply

    Very nice images, Francois! All very expressive and sincere monochromes. My personal favorite is the third one, the old woman walking, superb!

    Francois May 26, 2014 at 8:35 pm / Reply

    Thanks Gonzalo,
    i really, really like that one too!!

    Colin Corneau July 18, 2014 at 9:56 am / Reply

    Bonjour Francois, the photos are tres bien — I especially like the first 3. Always love seeing street photography and the unique signatures each different person puts on theirs!

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