Born in Sorel 1957, Eric Cayla lives in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. He has been a director of photography for over thirty years, working mainly in Montreal he is frequently called to work outside the province.
Cayla’s impressive filmography features documentaries in his early career and numerous feature films such as Machine Gun Molly (2003), Babel (1999), Karmina (1996), Le Sexe des étoiles (1993) and Cap Tourmente (1993) ), as well as a number of television series such as Bellevue (2017), Haven (2010-2014), Durham County (2009-2010), Dead Zone (2007), and many more. Cayla has earned nominations in the “Best Direction of Photography” category in Quebec and abroad. In 2014 he was awarded the Kodak New Century Award by the Canadian Society of Cinematographers in recognition for outstanding contribution to cinematography.
Eric Cayla’s passion for photography and cinema came to him at an young age and since then has never ceased to be fascinated by the phenomena of capturing images and the imprint of light. As part of the inaugural exhibition for the ART SESSION MTL collective, Eric Cayla presents three photographic works from the series entitled Templum, some of which were the subject of a solo exhibition in 2014 at the Parentheses Gallery in Halifax.
Initiated at the beginning of the year two-thousand, Templum is inscribed with the intuitive approach and visual sensibility of its author. The artist drags us into his pictures, in his contemplations of subjects with familiar appearance but who nevertheless rub shoulders with the strange.
Eric Cayla exploits the sensual virtues of the bark of trees: The bark is the “texture”, “the source of light” is the brush and “the spectrum of light” is painting. It was with this concept in mind that the images were created on 4 “x 5” film plates using the bark as canvas and 35mm slide projections as a light source to create shapes and colors. E.C.
In the manner of a surface support and like a backdrop receptive to color pigments, the skin of the trees (with its grain, its texture and its motifs) plays here the role of canvas.