Well, I’ve been experimenting with a new direction for some of my photographs recently as I venture further into creating composite images. I still I love the landscape and other photos I’ve been taking, exploring the great outdoors in all its variations, but I’ve felt an urge to get more adventurous in the way I present them.
The image above is one such example of my composite images. It’s shows how I’m working with different components, in this case to show how nature and industry – or urban and rural – exist alongside each other. How far do they conflict and cooperate as they cross paths in the same locale? With urban regeneration and land reclamation (in this case wetlands) often going on in the same areas, it’s easy to see how people are rethinking how these things coexist.
New web site coming!
On another note, we’ve been having a great summer and I think I’ll use that as my excuse for why I haven’t been posting anything here on my web site, or doing much on the social media front. Relax or change your routine and it’s so hard to keep up with everything! I’m hoping to remedy that in the near future.
One of the first steps though, will be overhauling this web site. It’s going to get a new look and a new set of more up to date pictures that will be easier to browse (themes) and purchase, if you feel inclined.
Show time is off to a good start! Landscape & Seascape is the current group exhibition at Art Square Gallery & Cafe’s Hub Gallery in downtown Toronto, and I’m happy to say I have a few of my photos in this exhibition.
This show features landscape & seascape work from fourteen wonderful and varied artists, with a little something for everyone. Running from April 9th until April 23rd, you can also drop in to the opening reception this Thursday, April 12th between 7.00 p.m. and 9.00 p.m. A chance to meet everyone, peruse and even buy, if you feel so inclined!
This show comes hot on the heels of the opening of the Fleck Fine Art Spring Catalogue exhibition, which had the opening reception last week. I have my “In My View” image in that show (image below and details in the posting below). This show runs until April 18th.
It’s a busy time as I try to combine picture taking and making, presentation and showing but I think I’m up to the challenge. New pictures coming soon! In the meantime, please take a look at my sales gallery and feel free to send me a message if you’re interested in something that’s not included in the gallery.
Art Square Gallery and Cafe is at 334 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Across the road from the AGO! You can find more information about it here
Here are two new photographs to prove I’m still hard at work creating images and appearing in shows!
I’m really pleased that both of these photographs appear in the Fleck Fine Art Spring catalogue and one of them will appear in the group exhibition that goes with it.
The image at the top of this posting is a composite of several of photographs taken in Liverpool over a number of years. I’ve tried to show highlights and challenges the city faced during the time I was growing up there and how it is now re-inventing itself. If you look closely, you’ll see echoes of a bombed out Albert Dock, Stanley Park, woolly mammoths, travelling fairgrounds and terraced streets. All these things still stand out in my mind.
This second image is a more straightforward, back to what I enjoy, derelict building in all it’s majesty. The structure, brickwork, signage and many other features are still prominent as the building stands in all its glory on a beautiful autumn day. This is the old Textron building in Gananoque, Ontario.
The Fleck Gallery Spring Group Exhibition takes place from April 4th – April 18th, with the opening reception on Thursday, April 5th from 7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. The Elaine Fleck Gallery is located at 1351 Queen Street West, Toronto. You can find more information here
I’m excited to be showing and selling work through several shows and events this year, and including some new images. Details of current and upcoming shows and events are below. If you have any questions about the shows or the work, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com
Neilson Park Creative Centre, 56 Neilson Drive, Toronto
August 10th -27th, 2017
Elaine Fleck Gallery, Fall Group Exhibit
1351 Queen Street West, Toronto
August 17th – 30th, 2017
Toronto West Art Collaborative, Car Boot Art Fair
Art World Fine Art Gallery, 365 Evans Avenue, Toronto
I’ve just got back from a whirlwind trip to the UK, where I spent most of the time in my hometown of Liverpool.
Spending most of my time in Liverpool meant that I had the opportunity to do some research and photos for my photography project – Hamilton and Liverpool: Two ports, two stories.
This project is based on my perceptions of these two cities, which, though sitting on opposite sides of the Atlantic, have some things in common.
I first saw Hamilton when I was en route to Niagara Falls shortly after I moved to Canada. I was awestruck as we reached the top of the Burlington skyway and I looked to my right to see Hamilton’s industrial waterfront in all its glory. I was mesmerized, immediately recognizing and feeling some affinity with it as I was momentarily transported in my mind, back to northwest England. Hamilton and Liverpool are two cities that have risen to prominence as great ports, experienced major decline and are now regenerating and redefining themselves.
Liverpool looks like different place after almost 30 years of development and each time I go back I can see the impact of new initiatives that now have the city buzzing with people and activity. The grandeur of the five red cranes hovering over the horizon at Seaforth announce that the port business is alive and kicking. The many bars and restaurants in town speak to how the city has become a centre for entertainment and tourism. A panoramic view from atop the Anglican cathedral gives a brilliant overall impression of the city as one that is using the old to feed into the new. This is most evident where old architecture has been retained for new developments and new buildings fit or complement the older ones in an area. I’m amazed at how areas around Duke Street, for instance, are vibrant and enticing, which was definitely not the case in the 70’s and 80’s.
Even housing, new builds and renos, often take this approach. I visited the old terraced “Welsh Streets”, seemingly so familiar. I grew up on Claudia Street, which backed onto Gwladys Street, next to Goodison Park. Even though it was demolished in the 80’s I still well remember what it was like growing up in a terraced street, in our case, eight of us in a two-up, two-down. Ok, we did have a tiny back kitchen and used the attic but to say it was cramped would be an understatement.
The Welsh streets are now being redeveloped with a modern-day focus on more light, more space and safety, while retaining much of the outer look of the original buildings. This offers a great sense of continuity and community that appeals to a lot of people.
You can find information on the Anglican Cathedral’s Twilight Thursdays here