Madawaska-based photographer takes photos to remind people of home

MADAWASKA, Maine — This Madawaska resident, known for sharing scenic landscapes in the St. John Valley, said he started capturing scenes after turning his cellphone into a smartphone.

Many who follow the Positively Aroostook, Just Looking Around, My Aroostook and Everything Maine Facebook groups may be familiar with the daily posts by Chris Michaud, a Sainte-Agathe native who lives in Madawaska. The photographs shared by Michaud are usually vibrant photos of sunsets or sunrises at various locations in the valley. One of Michaud’s posts in one of these groups can grab the attention of hundreds of Maine residents and people beyond.

These photos are part of a collection of photographs taken in Aroostook County by photographer Chris Michaud. Credit: Courtesy of Chris Michaud

Michaud didn’t really consider photography a hobby until around 2015, he said. A man of spirituality, Michaud said he was practicing his morning devotion, an act of prayer or private worship, when he came across two verses, “The heavens declare the glory of God and the earth shows his handiwork” and ” From sunrise until sunset, the name of the Lord will be praised.

“These two things that talk about the Earth, the sky, the sun, the moon and the stars – I said you know what, I don’t have a hobby and I thought maybe that might- to be a good thing for me,” Michaud said.

Using his newly purchased smartphone, Michaud leaves at 2:30 a.m. every day to document nature, surprised at his phone’s capabilities.

“I couldn’t believe what he could do. It’s right there. It’s so convenient,” Michaud said. “I went there and started taking pictures and was amazed at how they looked. I also found it easy for me to find the right composition and the right lighting and all that. , and people were like, ‘You have something there, you need to do it more often.’

This is part of a collection of photographs taken in Aroostook County by photographer Chris Michaud. Credit: Courtesy of Chris Michaud

Michaud runs his own company called White Glove Facility Maintenance based in Fort Kent, which he called his day job. He plans his work day around his photo schedule, hoping to get out early in the morning for sunrise and back for sunset.

Since beginning Michaud’s photo-taking efforts, he has familiarized himself with local roads through potato fields and wooded areas that he would not have traveled before in order to find locations for the good photo.

“In every town in the valley (from Saint-Jean) there are always 10 different ways to get home if you are ready to go out in the woods,” Michaud said. “That’s where I started to learn about all these places that a lot of people don’t know about and that fueled me. If you know where you’re going and at the right time, you get amazing images.

Seven years later, Michaud receives messages or comments on his photos from people who have moved away from the valley.

These photos are part of a collection of photographs taken in Aroostook County by photographer Chris Michaud. Credit: Courtesy of Chris Michaud

“To have people on Facebook from all over the country and even other parts of the world saying, ‘I remember this place’ or ‘Is this there? It’s here ? — it’s been a real blessing for me to be able to bring a little joy into the lives of people who no longer live here. In fact, there are people who have come to visit me after seeing some of my photos,” Michaud said.

Michaud said he sells prints and canvases of his work, but selling his photos is not his passion.

“It’s not for profit, primarily,” Michaud said. “It’s more to share the region with people and also to make people think. These two Bible verses got me thinking, and I haven’t stopped since.

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