I am proud to present Featured Artist of the Month Cendrine Marrouat. You are not going to want to miss this! After you are done reading the interview go and visit Cendrine’s sites and book mark this post!
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Featured Artist of The Month Cendrine Marrouat
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Hello Cendrine, I am so happy you could join me today. I am a big fan of your Photography and looking forward to learning more about your art journey and your artistic style.
Hello Dave, thank you so much for having me today! I appreciate your kind words.
Dave Nevue – Cendrine where are you from?
Cendrine Marrouat – I was born and raised in Toulouse, a lovely city in southern France. I moved to Winnipeg, Canada, in 2003.
Dave Nevue – How long have you been involved with photography?
Cendrine Marrouat – Professionally, three years. Before that, I did not know what I was doing. lol
Dave Nevue – What inspired you to be a photographer?
Cendrine Marrouat – My desire to document the little things I saw.
I started my literary career as a poet. However, I occasionally struggled to find the words to describe the beauty around me. Photography filled that gap in a wonderful way!
Dave Nevue – What equipment are you using?
Cendrine Marrouat – I have a Nikon D750 and two lenses (one for everyday use and another one for macros), a wireless shutter, a neutral density filter, and a tripod.
Dave Nevue – You have a gift for telling stories with your images. You take black and white photos, could you tell us more about your passion with black and white photography and how you got started?
Cendrine Marrouat – Why, thank you!
I have always loved black-and-white photos. Tintypes and daguerreotypes, in particular, make my heart skip a beat. I also love the graininess and texture of Ansel Adams’ images.
Actually, I could write a book to describe my emotions when looking at old-fashioned photography.
My personal experiments with the black-and-white format started a couple of years ago. One day, I turned one of my shots into black and white and was immediately hooked.
A year later, I became interested in emulating daguerreotypes digitally. After some research, I realized that the process was very specific and that it would be impossible to do. However, when I got as close as I could, I decided to create my own style. I coined the term “reminigram” as a result.
The word combines two ideas: ‘reminiscence’ (a memory or the act of recovering it) and ‘-gram’ (something written or a drawing). Each reminigram depicts a scene from a past that could have been. You can see my ongoing series here.
Dave Nevue – Where is your favorite place to photograph?
Cendrine Marrouat – Any nature spot.
Dave Nevue – What message would you like your photographs to share to the world?
Cendrine Marrouat – That beauty is all around us. You just have to keep an open mind to see it.
To quote page 17 of Life’s Little Things: The Quotes, my latest book: “Look at the little things and you will understand the big picture.”
Dave Nevue – Do you sell prints? If so when did you first start selling your work?
Cendrine Marrouat – I have been selling prints since 2014. I released my first photography book in 2015.
Dave Nevue – Where can people purchase your prints?
Cendrine Marrouat – All my prints are available at http://cendrinemedia.com.
Dave Nevue – You have several books available for purchase, could you tell us more about what inspired you to write and where people can purchase your books?
Cendrine Marrouat – My goal as an author has always been to share my experiences with people and help them reconnect with themselves. Poetry and photography are perfect for that. Both art forms are conducive to introspection.
Why? Because, understanding the message in a poem or a photo requires, on the part of the viewer, the ability or willingness to read between the lines. Theatre is the only other art form in that category.
My books are available on Lulu, Amazon and Blurb. You can access them all from this page: http://creativeramblings.com/cendrines-books/.
Dave Nevue – Where can people learn more about you online?
Cendrine Marrouat – I have two websites.
– Social Media Slant helps photographers figure out the basics of social media. Link: http://socialmediaslant.com
– Cendrine Marrouat Photography displays my photographic work. Link: http://creativeramblings.com
Dave Nevue – What social media sites can people follow you on?
Cendrine Marrouat – I stalk the Internet. 😉
- Twitter: http://twitter.com/cendrinemedia￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼
- Instagram: http://instagram.com/cendrinemedia
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/cendrinemarrouat
- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/cendrinemarrouat
- Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Cendrine-Marrouat/e/B00547EVWC
Dave Nevue – Do you enjoy the business side of being an artist?
Cendrine Marrouat – I actually do. My favorite part is building relationships with fellow artists and members of my audience. And I do not just do it for the money. There are wonderful people out there. I have made good friends with some of them.
That is also why I am a social media coach and trainer.
Dave Nevue – What advice could you share with young artists, writers, and photographers trying to enhance their skills?
Cendrine Marrouat – First of all, make sure that what you are pursuing is a passion. Find any excuse to hone your skills. Use any situation/opportunity to practice.
Emulate other artists’ voices to understand your own. For example, when I started writing poetry, I tried imitating Khalil Gibran’s style. His message is so profound and spiritually enhancing that it forced me to delve deep within me. Very quickly, I discovered a common thread in my poems. I felt connected to my soul in the most incredible way. I had found my voice!
My last piece of advice would be to never compare yourself to others or try to please the whole world. There is an audience for your work. You just have to find it. Continue working hard.
Dave Nevue – What advice could you share with artists just learning
how to sell their art either online or offline?
Cendrine Marrouat – The keyword is “strategy” here. If you do not have a solid plan in place and do not know who your audience is, you will never go anywhere. You will not last either.
To sell your work online, you have to treat it with the utmost respect. Value yourself. Lead the way for people to take you seriously.
Exposure can be a great thing, especially at the beginning. But seeing the big picture is likely to benefit you a lot more in the long run. You have to be patient. Rome was not built in one day, as they say.
So, do not be afraid of saying no. Listen to your gut feelings. Treat others the way you would like to be treated.
Most importantly, support other artists.
Thank you so much for joining me today Cendrine. I look forward to seeing more of your work in the near future.
And thank you again for accepting to feature me.
Dave Nevue – You are very welcome, it is an honor to have you as a featured artist.
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