EN FRANÇAIS

                                     

 

"Arts are for human beings a mean of expressing emotions 

about what surrounds them and about what they experience"

 

I am a Nature photographer.

 

And photography is the mean I use express my emotions about nature...

 

I have been exposed to photography very young. Being from a family of photographers, my initiation has happened very early. As well, my parent thought all arts were important so I was also train very young to painting and music. 

My very first camera was an old brownie that I used to photograph my family and things around. At the age of 16, I purchased my first SLR camera and since then, I never stopped taking photographs. 

Music, Painting and Nature are elements that never stop growing in me; they contributed to transform my vision about what is around me. Even though I turned my mind away from the art for a while, doing my B.A. And master at university, it never stopped me from registering images and being attracted by nature.  After those years of mind training, I started to develop my knowledge and skills about photography. Two major artistic styles have influence me: Impresionnism and Hyperrealism.

The foundation of my photography is in landscape which I extended to wildlife photography in the last 15 years. My traveling and my passion for photography have taken me to 3 different continents, North and South Africa, Europe and several locations in North America. 

More than anything else, Canada’s natural beauty, diversity and grandeur attract me the most. And for the later years, I have spent time photographing Western Canada and South Western US on a regular basis.


In a continuous photography evolution, I have always kept on learning. My great coaches in the field were Mike GrandMaison, Darwin Wiggett and lately I have been continuing my studying of the composition with Art Wolfe. Today, I try to let my emotions take over my photography expression. 

And I also find the need to share what I have learn over the years by offering my photographs in fine art prints and in national nature magazines. My work is sometimes also displayed in art exhibitions. An other way to share my art is by occasionally leading landscape photography tour-training in Western Canada, Eastern Canada and every second year in the beautiful South Western US where I go regularly. 

Since Fall of 2016, I am the photography columnist for QuebecOiseaux magazine. I also have the pleasure to give lectures in photography clubs in eastern Canada and I am a photography columnist in the QuebecOiseaux magazine. You can find more information regarding photography conferences, training and tours I offer in the Workshop section.

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Best of light !

J.D Gagne

Nature Photographer

                                                             with classmates and Art Wolfe

                                                                                                  Picture by Gavriel Jecan

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2017 Published and honored photographs

Canadian Geographic-Special edition for the 150th anniversary of Canada - "Peggy's Cove under snow storm"

2016 Published and honored photographs

QuébecOiseaux Magazine - Issue Winter 2016 - Cover Page - Tufted Titmouse 

Canadian Geographic- 2016 Best Wildlife Photography Special Edition: 2 photographs of grizzly bears

2015 Published and honored photographs

Exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa

Canadian Geographic magazine July/August 3/4 page print: Grizzly Bears

7 photographs in the World Wildlife Photographer of the Year in the last round

2014 Published and honored photographs

Canadian Geographic Best Wildlife Photo Contest 2014: 1st Honorable mention

Quebec Oiseaux Magazine Spring 2014 : King Fisher

2013 Published and honored photographs

Canadian Wildlife Federation Magazine July-August 2013 Full page: Grizzly

Photo Solution Magazine June-July 2013 : "Inclinaison Saharienne" (Sunset on Saharien Desert)

SPPQ Circuit Photo 2013 -  Second place Photographers' choice all categories (Golden Eagle)

Canadian Wildlife Federation 2013 Calendar Month of January: "Winter Princess" (Snowy owl)

First Place- Public's Choice at SPPQ-Lozeau Quebec Provincial Photo Clubs Exhibition

2012 Published and honored photographs

Quebec Oiseaux Magazine 23.4 Summer 2012 : "Bonaventure island" - (Landscape with Northern Gannets)

Quebec Oiseaux Magazine 22.4 Spring 2012 : "Spring love" - (Mating Mallard duck )

Quebec Oiseaux Magazine 24.1 Autumn 2012 : Canadian Crane

BBC Wildlife Photographer of the year 2012 - Finalist in Animal Behavior : "Scratch my neck..." - (Grizzly Bears)

1st Place, Public Choice color photograph at the Longueuil Photo Club Exhibition 2012 : "Colored Storm in Utah" - Landscape

3rd Place, Public choice color photograph at the Longueuil Photo Club Exhibition 2012 : "Powerful Reflection" - (Grizzly Bear)

Canadian Geographic Special Edition Best Wildlife Photographs 2012 Double page spread: "Flying Fur" - (Grizzly Bears fighting)

2011 Published and honored photographs

BBC Wildlife Photographer of the year 2011 - 4 pictures in the semi finals

2010 Published and honored photographs

2010 Full Page Print in Outdoor Photography Canada - Snowy Owl in Flight

 

2016 Published and honored photographs

QuébecOiseaux Magazine - Issue Winter 2016 - Cover Page - Tufted Titmouse 

Canadian Geographic- 2016 Best Wildlife Photography Special Edition: 2 photographs of grizzly bears

2015 Published and honored photographs

Exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa

Canadian Geographic magazine July/August 3/4 page print: Grizzly Bears

7 photographs in the World Wildlife Photographer of the Year in the last round

2014 Published and honored photographs

Canadian Geographic Best Wildlife Photo Contest 2014: 1st Honorable mention

Quebec Oiseaux Magazine Spring 2014 : King Fisher

2013 Published and honored photographs

Canadian Wildlife Federation Magazine July-August 2013 Full page: Grizzly

Photo Solution Magazine June-July 2013 : "Inclinaison Saharienne" (Sunset on Saharien Desert)

SPPQ Circuit Photo 2013 -  Second place Photographers' choice all categories (Golden Eagle)

Canadian Wildlife Federation 2013 Calendar Month of January: "Winter Princess" (Snowy owl)

First Place- Public's Choice at SPPQ-Lozeau Quebec Provincial Photo Clubs Exhibition

2012 Published and honored photographs

Quebec Oiseaux Magazine 23.4 Summer 2012 : "Bonaventure island" - (Landscape with Northern Gannets)

Quebec Oiseaux Magazine 22.4 Spring 2012 : "Spring love" - (Mating Mallard duck )

Quebec Oiseaux Magazine 24.1 Autumn 2012 : Canadian Crane

BBC Wildlife Photographer of the year 2012 - Finalist in Animal Behavior : "Scratch my neck..." - (Grizzly Bears)

1st Place, Public Choice color photograph at the Longueuil Photo Club Exhibition 2012 : "Colored Storm in Utah" - Landscape

3rd Place, Public choice color photograph at the Longueuil Photo Club Exhibition 2012 : "Powerful Reflection" - (Grizzly Bear)

Canadian Geographic Special Edition Best Wildlife Photographs 2012 Double page spread: "Flying Fur" - (Grizzly Bears fighting)

2011 Published and honored photographs

BBC Wildlife Photographer of the year 2011 - 4 pictures in the semi finals

2010 Published and honored photographs

2010 Full Page Print in Outdoor Photography Canada - Snowy Owl in Flight