About Diane Le Fevre
I am an artist who uses a camera and digital workflow to express my artistic vision about natural and urban landscapes.
I began photographing in my teens. I was fortunate enough to travel and experience a lot of different venues and natural scenes. I mark this as the beginning of my love for photography. I was enamored with being able to capture the beauty contained within a moment of a sunset or play of light across a landscape.
I photographed incessantly at this early time, whatever was before my lens. My work was all over the place and undisciplined. But I was learning to compose and subconsciously learning what elements I liked to see in a photograph. And I remember thinking even at this young age that photography was a fantastic medium for self-expression.
Life moved on. About this time I decided I wanted to write for a living. I then went onto get a degree in journalism and political science. I had won some awards in college for my photography. However any idea of photography as art for had languished by this time. I used my photography skills as an adjunct to my writing. Documentation and photojournalism. It helped me to sell my stories.
I remember being skeptical at the beginning of the digital photography age. I liked using film; I was resistive to using a digital camera format for a long time.
But all that changed when I attended my first workshop with Alain and Natalie Briot in 2011. I really didn’t understand much of what was being said at the time about digital photography and Photoshop. But I was intrigued enough to continue with them.
It’s been nine years since I have started that journey. I have always had a love of art and culture; attending museums and opening of exhibits whenever I could. What that love of art and photography has blossomed into is a second career as an artist and writer. And through Alain and Natalie’s tutelage I have been able to understand, broaden and express my love photography as an art form.
What I am trying to express when I do my art is to show my deep-seated passion about the joy of existence, an appreciation of the beauty before my lens, in whatever shape that takes.
When I look through a camera’s viewfinder the first thing which mentally registers with me are lines and shapes in the scene. I may choose to leave these elements well-defined or make them soft and blurry. It depends on a memory of how I was feeling in the moment or what resonated with me during post-processing.
The colors I use are the words of my artwork. Colors fill in the lines and shapes of my photo and impart a dimension of emotional context. Sometimes the colors which fill my photos are bright explosions of happiness, other times it’s a quieter palette of reflection and solitude. Texture is the wildcard in my art, an unexpected element which adds punch. It can define a photo overall and give greater emphasis to key parts I want to highlight.
This dance of capturing an image, processing it on a computer and printing has one goal, a fine art print. I want to share my take on the beauty of nature with those who look at my work.