Francis Vachon Photographe

March 30, 2010

Clotaire Rapaille: Bringing back a usable photo, no matter what

“Can an amateur take a picture as good as a professional? Sure. Can they do it on demand? Can they do it again? Can they do it over and over? Can they do it when a scene isn’t that interesting?”

That’s how Katrin Eismann, chairwoman of the Masters in Digital Photography program at the School of Visual Arts in New York, is quoted in a New-York time article.

When the National Post sent me to photograph Clotaire Rapaille, the French/American market researcher and author, I did not know I would have exactly 89 seconds, according to the IPTC data of my first and last photos.

Now that is was revealed that Rapaille’s biography contains numerous lies and exaggerations and his contract was terminated with Quebec City, the Post used another photo I filled from that day.

Is it a photo I will put in my portfolio? Certainly not. But bringing back a usable picture, not matter what where the circumstances, that’s why my clients hire me.
Clotaire Rapaille
Clotaire Rapaille, waits for the a session with journalists to begin at the City Hall in Quebec city Thursday March 11, 2010. A French-born American market researcher and author, Rapaille was hired by Quebec City to enhance the city’s image on an international level. Photo by Francis Vachon for National Post.

March 27, 2010

Yawenda project: Bringing back the Huron language

The huron (Wyandot) language has been dormant for over 150 years, but it hasn’t been forgotten. A course that aims to keep the Huron language and culture alive is given at the Huron-Wendat native reserve of Wendake, just north of Quebec City.

Huron language class
Manon Sioui helps her father Roland Sioui during a game of “Yawingo”, a play of word for Bingo, to learn numbers

Huron language class
Numbers and their written correspondence in Huron are projected on assistant teacher Marcel Godbout

Full story on The Gazette Website, including an audio slideshow. My first ever!

March 22, 2010

Acadie-Bathurst Titan photos

LHJMQ (QMJHL) Acadie-Bathurst Titan stock photos of (almost) all the roster for 2009-2010 season. You can find all my LHJMQ photos on my stock site.


QMJHL – Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2009-2010 – Images by Francis Vachon

March 10, 2010

Marie-Mai, Google, et les Jeux Olympiques

Il est toujours rigolo d’analyser l’impact d’événements d’envergure planétaire sur les petites choses de la vie.

Par exemple, la ville d’Edmonton à publier un graphique montrant l’évolution de la demande en eau pendant le match pour la médaille d’or entre le Canada et les Etats-Unis lors des Jeux Olympiques de Vancouver.

Parlant de ces jeux, une artiste connue seulement dans le Canada-Français a fait partie du spectacle de clôture. Le joli minois de la chanteuse Marie-Mai semble avoir attiré la curiosité de beaucoup de monde, tel que le démontre ce graphique de l’évolution du nombre de page vu pour mon billet contenant une photo de Marie-Mai. Ces photos se retrouve présentement en premier page de Google Images lorsqu’on fait une recherche sur cette dernière.