French Photographer Breathes Life into Stills
Dominique Chaponot creates visual wonders by combining up to 25 photos into one.
Photoshop is her paintbrush and photographs are her canvas. Using the modern computer skills needed for composite photography art, French born and trained artist Dominique Chaponot breathes life into her creations, full of rich detail and varied textures.
Computer software, like Photoshop, allows Chaponot to seamlessly blend up to 25 photos into one. The final product looks more like a detail-rich painting than a photograph.
Chaponot and her husband, Francois, moved to the United States because of the job he had at the time. After traveling from Paris to New Jersey when she was 35 years old, the couple eventually decided the North was "too snowy" and they found a "nice and quiet" area in Douglasville to settle down and have lived here since November of 2009. The couple have two adult children, Christopher and Guillaume.
Chaponot began drawing when she was just 13. In a heavy French accent, she described how she found success at a young age by winning first place in an art contest and being accepted into a private art school. Every month she traveled on a field trip to the Louvre to study different forms and styles of art.
Her husband, who is a second-generation photographer, taught her about his craft with a camera and she's never looked back.
Since moving here, she's already had her art displayed at Marietta Square during a First Friday art outing, as well as the Douglasville/Douglas County Cultural Arts Center. She currently belongs to the Sweetwater Camera Club and the Digital Imaging Group, both photography-based art groups in Douglasville.
Chaponot is out to meet as many people here as she can and add some traditional Southern landscapes to her modern creations.