Born in Montreal, Norman Dupuis has called Calgary home since making the trek west by locomotive in 1979. Active in Calgary’s photographic community, his commercial work has been featured in magazine and other print media. His fine art output can be found in private and corporate collections throughout North America.
His journey as an artist has taken him from published written word through mixed media painting to a style of photography that resides in the space between reality and archetype.
An alumni of the Burns Visual Arts Society, Norman practices both fine art portrait photography and painting from his studio in Calgary’s inner core.
In Consideration of the Craft
It is a privilege to be able to share my photographs with you.
Roland Barthes said “the photographic image is a message without a code”. With that in mind, I invite you to engage not only in the immediate viewing of the photographs here, but also the greater act of imagining how my subjects interact with and within their worlds. My images focus on corporeal form, natural elements and architectural details that exist at the intersection of nature and human intervention. Natural elements decay; human effort is undone by the passing of time; subjects inside the margins of the frame go about their existence, captured for future examination.
Heraclitus famously observed that we never step in the same river twice and moreover that we step into the river as one being and emerge as another. The subjects and objects in my photographs, captured in that split second the camera accepted their reflected light, still exist in some form. Time and nature, however, have exacted their price. Skin has been shed. Elements have been transformed, rendered. These subjects and objects were this way once and never again.
"When I photograph things what I'm really doing is seeking answers." Wynne Bullock