Landscape & Seascape

Image of Echo Lake near Mt Evans, Colorado Rockies

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.

Abstract Image of Liverpool UK - Landscape
In My View.
Liverpool: A city that leaves its mark.

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

 

Frozen

Yes, frozen would be a great way to describe the last few months! Winter’s great but even around relatively warm Toronto the temperature didn’t rise to zero once throughout February. A long run of sub zero temperatures has kept the landscape and people well frozen. Cold to the bones.

Walking in Winter
Young woman walking outside in the winter snow

 

Going outside, even when well wrapped up meant having to be organised ahead of time and working to a tight deadline. I went down to the lakeshore in Etobicoke a few times and it was beautiful but brutal enough that I could feel the exposed skin on my face painfully freezing after just a few minutes. Taking my gloves off to fiddle with my camera meant that my fingers got painfully sore pretty quickly though sometimes I wouldn’t notice it until they were almost numb.

Of course, this is all tempered by the fact that it’s a brilliant time to be outside – great scenery, plenty of winter activities, and really refreshing! This shot above is one of a set taken on one of the aforementioned forays down to the lakeshore, heading into sunset, when the sun was really bringing out the colours and the brilliance of the snow.

At the Foot of the Falls
Snow and icicles at the foot of the American Falls in Winter

 

And of course, there was the news that Niagara Falls was frozen. My first thought – doesn’t that happen every year? I find it’s much more photogenic in winter and usually make at least one winter trip down there to see how it’s going. I must admit though, this year was spectacular, with much of the American Falls frozen over. The massive crowds milling around there were also proof of the attention it was getting.

Ice Patterns
Patterns in ice on a window in winter

 

And then, there are all the patterns and colours in the landscape. Ice can create all sorts of eye catching features – icicles, patterns like those in the image above and a great sheen over the top of white, white snow that crunches delicately when it’s broken. Yes, I can’t resist putting my foot through it. You can see some more great shots taken by people around the city at BlogTO.

Still, the good news is that the temperatures are now starting to rise and we’re about to lose the minus sign. It’s funny how anything around zero starts to feel warm and the coat gets unbuttoned, scarf might come off and it feels like spring is here.

Photography Workshops and Community Projects

Photography workshops and community projects can work hand-in-hand to achieve common goals.

We all know how photography is used for recording and communicating information about anything and everything, from the mundane to life-changing events. The weather, selfies, travel, birthdays, weddings, funerals, to mention just a few. It’s also widely used as a marketing tool for fashion and any massive range of products. There are though, other ways and contexts for applying photography as a tool, ways that can reflect other life experiences, environment, health etc.

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For example, I recently taught a series of six photography workshops as part of an inter-generational project that brought together male youth and older men in north-west Toronto. The workshop was organized and hosted by Rexdale Community Health Centre. The idea was to introduce the two groups to a new interest and skills in a shared learning environment.

Although the equipment we had was minimal and had limitations, we were able over the six workshops to cover camera and photography basics, composition in different settings and subjects, and hands-on work. Most of the group had little or no experience of taking photographs and it was great to see how they became engaged in the subject and have those with some experience share their skills as the project evolved.

The workshops ended on a high note with requests for more workshops like this, and we’re not done yet. To wrap things up a small exhibit is in the pipeline to show some of the work the group produced, an opportunity for them to show what they’ve learned and how things look from their own perspective. I’ll post details when they’re firmed up so watch this space for part 2.