Biography: Christian Braut, three men, two passions, one profession… Several lives in one for a man of many facets… After working as a journalist for Keyboard for 10 years, and then as editor for Home Studio, the journalist Christian Braut becomes a creator of sites and sets up his Web agency. As the head of an enterprise, this man then divides his imaginary world into two: one, finely chiseled and melodic, is a world of song, in which his musician-double, Monsieur Gontrand, joins the talented ranks of artists of the new French stage; the other is round and pictorial, a “skilful contemporary and creative alchemy based on panoramic vistas […] in which his photos have become paintings” (Ouest-France).
Two passions… Two sources of inspiration: the first giving rise to two elegant and charming albums (“La Croisière”, 2011 followed by “3298 mètres”, 2012); the second, a truly beautiful work “La Presqu’Ile à 360 pour cent”, whose 128 pages move the viewer with the poetry of its images. This latter work is doubtless the culmination of a series of events that have made
Christian Braut the talented photographer vouched for in this book. If, in 1995, while he was covering an exhibition for Keyboards, he had not come across an application of virtual reality (Quick Time VR) which spurred him on and gave him the pretext to photograph the Capri Digital Studio residential complex in 360°; again, if the federation of the Arcachon Basin townships had not asked him to photograph the “cabanes tchanquées” (shacks on stilts), which gave him a launching pad for his first show….and if, finally, Jean-Claude Driancourt had not fallen silent at the beauty of his photos at the Pouliguen and published them in Derby Magazine… we should not be looking for words to retrace the path taken by this panoramic photographer, who enchants the world again and again with his magnificent photos.
A man can’t escape his destiny, or his talent. Many have already understood that Christian Braut is not just a photographer, but has invented new perspectives. May the years to come grant this poet of imagery many subjects to inspire him still further!