About Olivier Du Tre
My name is Olivier Du Tré and I was born and raised, 35 years ago in Ghent, Belgium. After graduating with a Graphic Arts degree in ’98, I picked up a camera, fell in love with photography and found my real passion.
My dad has been a photographer and painter for over 40 years. He was my inspiration for exploring this new form of art. As a kid, I would always marvel how my dad just ‘dialed in’ his Leica M3 without even measuring the available light. He just knew! I have always believed that one day, I would also be involved with art in the broadest sense of the word.
I enrolled in photography school and for three years I was immersed in black and white photography, film theoretics, dark room techniques and cameras. When I look back, that old style schooling still plays a large role in my work – even in this digital world. Combining theoretics with my extensive Photoshop knowledge, allows for a great diversity in my art.
Between 2002 and 2009, my wife and I made numerous trips to Canada. We always traveled to Western Canada because we love the mountains. In 2004, we decided to take the next big step and immigrate to Canada. In 2009, with permanent residency in hand, we arrived in this beautiful country we now call home. We now own a home in Cochrane, a little town about 30 minutes west of Calgary. Those same Rocky Mountains in view.
I was raised and lived the majority of my adult life in a large crowded city – miles away from the beautiful outdoors. I was photographing everything from rock bands to studio portraits, everything you could expect from a city photographer.
It was liberating for me to be in the mountains and close to nature. I was now finally able to pursue my life long dream of photographing what I loved most, scenic mountain landscapes and finding the beauty of the mundane around me.
'Arched', Lost and Found, Darkroom Gallery, Vermont. Currator Davy Rothbart (March 7 – March 31)
'Summer Storm', ƒ16 Group Show, Resolution Art Gallery.
2012 IPA: multiple honorable mentions in the categories:
- Fine Art: Landscape
- Nature: Trees
- Architecture: Industrial
- Architecture: Buildings
- Nature: Landscape
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