As told to Tiffany Frasier | August 8, 2016 | Lifestyle
Preserving timeless memories of the Hamptons with photographer Jacques LeBlanc.
“There is still a connection to the simplicity and elegance left by early residents [of the region],” says Jacques LeBlanc of his Hamptons images.
“I have always loved architecture. Well-designed structures bring life to a community and foster artistic and personal expressive freedoms. The Hamptons boasts some of the most unique structures; they are distinctive and bring great value to the area. When walking down a street like Main Street in Southampton, you can just feel the historic fabric of the town.
“I have been taking photos since the 1970s. I am attracted to old towns and documenting stately designed homes. Areas change so quickly, and it’s important to capture the dwellings that once were. I like the look of the Hamptons from the 1960s. It’s important to remember and appreciate the past, and I try to preserve history by creating images. I use bright colors that produce a dream-like look, similar to how a memory would appear.
“I have a picture in mind when I go out to shoot. It’s an illustration, a postcard of a still shot. I want to have a theme for the collection of images that I take, and typically the feeling that I want the viewer to walk away with is one of nostalgia.
“The Hamptons is timeless. Modern architecture has emerged across the region, but there is still a connection to the simplicity and elegance left by early residents. I take pride in illustrating classic Hamptons locales with traditional features.
“People want to feel that things haven’t changed. I hope that my pictures remind people of what they once saw. Memories are everything, and a snapshot is a journey back to that recollection.”
photography by Jacques LebLanc