My name’s Nolan Mestres. I’m a first year PhD student in the MAVERICK research team (INRIA, Laboratoire Jean Kuntzmann), under the supervision of Joelle Thollot & Romain Vergne. My main research interests are expressive rendering, shape depiction and image synthesis stylization.
The subject of my PhD is linked with mountain panorama maps. It is a broad topic that covers many fields from history, geography, to visual perception and rendering. I am focused on the style of the Atelier Pierre Novat, that produces hand-made paintings with a high aesthetic quality but still conveying information in a very efficient way. My main goal is to understand the style of the artist, i.e. translate his sensitivity and intuitions into concepts and algorithms. I also aim at providing automated ways to render such panoramas and tools to allow artists to finely control their production. One of the key idea is to understand what degrees of freedom we have with respect to reality, without altering global coherence and plausibility of the panorama.
I am also interested in spectral rendering and fluorescence. That’s why I did my master’s thesis under the supervision of Imari Sato, at the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo. There, I was working on the ‘Rendering of fluorescent materials using spectral path tracing’.
I will use this website to present the different projects I am working on, as well as personal stuff. For more information about my educational background you can browse my (outdated) resume.
I am the author of all these photographies. These are mostly travel pictures but I like what they remind me of. Taking into account that you are (probably) not gifted with mind vision, you might find them a bit boring to browse, but eh, you are warned.
I used both digital and analogic cameras to capture them. Right now, I have two analogic cameras: a small 1978 Minolta Hi-Matic SD and a 1982 Canon AL-1.
Enjoy the view!