Unnoticed Moments

Marie Veran

Marie Veran’s interest in art initially led her to study graphic design and photography. Then, following her curiosity for human sciences, she decided to become a psychologist to explore the intrinsic nature of the human spirit, notably child development. This gave Veran the fantastic
opportunity to do clinical work with children and their parents. A few years ago Veran decided to go back to her first passion, photography. The work of Marie Veran is often minimalist and oriented towards our everyday surroundings. Today, Marie Veran lives on the Pacific Coast of Canada. She feels like she’s both Canadian and French, and can often be found between North America and Europe.

Unnoticed Moments

About the exhibition

Childhood is a unique period, with all the complexity of growth and discovery of the world interleaved with simple yet meaningful events. A mixture of raw emotions and deep analysis. At first, everything is lived in the present, with no bias or preconceived beliefs. As years pass, more experience is gained and the analysis becomes more refined and more influenced by the environment. The same is true for emotional maturity. As a psychologist, Marie Veran has always been fascinated by the unnoticed everyday situations children are confronted to and how these situations can significantly impact their development and shape their personality. And since each event can be experienced very differently depending on each child’s own personal traits and sensitivity, the combinations are infinite. Children do express their emotions, joy, sadness, awe, anger, often by directly transposing them into their facial expression and body language. This is why the photographer believes that photography is the perfect instrument to document the intensity of those little events. With her work, she hopes to help people better understand children and possibly be more mindful in their presence. Indeed, with each photograph Marie Veran has chosen, one cannot help wonder: “What were their feelings, what were their thoughts at that specific moment?”