« PhotoGraphism : Crossed Views »

A short introduction to the approach and techniques used

by Karine Gadré, PhD in Astronomy of the University of Toulouse, Founder and Director of the Culture Diff' company,
and Monique Samson, interior designer and graphic designer, Founder and Director of the EcoGraph' company,
both co-creators and co-leaders of Smart AI E.I.G. (Economic Interest Grouping)

The encounter between an artist (Monique Samson, interior designer and graphic designer) and a scientist (Karine Gadré, Ph.D in Astronomy of the University of Toulouse, France and photographer) led to the birth of a new form of artistic expression: a language called PhotoGraphism, each of whose signs consists in the graphic reinterpretation of the real world (1). This is evidenced by this set of 24 graphic works divided into two collections - Contours and Color Escape. The first one extracts from the original photograph the abundance of details that characterizes it. The second one borrows from the initial shot the richness of the colours that determines it.

Coteau en hiver

« Côteau en hiver »
(Extract from the Contours collection)

Fleurs d'un jour

« Fleurs d’un jour »
(Extract from the Color Escape collection)

These photographs have all been acquired in major sites in the Occitania region, southwestern France – prehistoric caves, medieval villages, castles, churches, cloisters, museums, Lauragais, Canal du Midi, Upper Valley of the Aude, Pyrénées, côte Vermeille, etc., under a suitable angle and light (2). Their acquisition required extensive cartographic research, frequent hikes, both during the day and at night, in cold, dry, wet or hot weather, weighted with an imposing yet compact equipment. The processing of these shots using dedicated software (a derawtiser software) was accompanied by the writing of a text or a poem leading the reader-spectator to other spaces, in other times... These space-time journeys are the primary reason for these very special shots (3).

Some of these photographs were then submitted to various signal and image processing algorithms developed by contemporary mathematicians and physicists (4). Initially, these scripts aim to improve the quality of an image - the sharpness of the contours in this case - or to extract relevant information - including color. They are frequently used in the field of observational astronomy. In this context, these scripts, applied to a digital photography rich in finely resolved details and colours that correspond to reality, and combined with imagination, artistic creativity, offer an accentuated and/or distorted - in any case stylized - representation of the visible world (5).

Thanks to contemporary scientific and technological contributions, PhotoGraphism offers a renewed vision of the surrounding Nature. It asserts itself as a new figurative art at the frontiers of abstraction: the references and the recognizable disappear in favour of visible effects, geometric shapes, pure or abundant lines, unique or intertwined colours.


« Thwarted love »
(Original photography)


« Arbre bleu »
(Resulting work of art, Color Escape collection)

The set of 24 graphic works designed to date was the subject of an opening and an exhibition, from May 17 to June 17, 2019, at the Galerie Dominique C. of the Château d'Auriac-sur-Vendinelle (Haute-Garonne, France). The wonder and enthusiasm generated by the discovery of this new art offering a new perspective on the surrounding Nature, encouraged us to continue our creative process. From August 1st to 31st, we will exhibit our works in the square courtyard of the Château des Ducs de Joyeuse in Couiza (Aude, Occitania), as part of the Festival International du Film Insolite organised in Rennes-le-Château (Aude, Occitanie, France). Other exhibition projects are gradually taking shape and other works of art are in the design phase ...

An exhibition catalogue has been designed for these events. The original photograph and the corresponding graphic work of art are shown opposite. Its title: « PhotoGraphism: a new artistic language » (6). A unique signature: The KMoon..



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(1) « In general, language can be defined as the ability to institute any object as a sign » (source CNTRL)
(2) A place - a light - a shooting angle. This is the philosophy that drives our work as photographers.
(3) The desire to address our current knowledge of Nature from a graphic angle has led to this photographic work, which can be freely consulted within the Exploration section.
(4) Joseph Fourier (1768 - 1830), a French mathematician and physicist, laid the foundations of the signal theory using a mathematical tool he had developed, the Fourier transformation
(5) The introduction of photography in the 19th century had freed painters from the representation of reality and allowed the advent of new artistic styles such as cubism, pointillism, impressionism and fauvism. Similarly, the adoption of signal and image processing algorithms allows the photographer to access new fields of creativity.
(6) This catalogue in paper format is available on this Webpage for 45 euros.