The March Newsletter comprises of two main themes; a new Exhibition to further explore the remote Chilcotin Ark, an extraordinary place of immense power, and a local walk amongst the trees of Walker Valley. These two stories, spoken in the styles of realism and expressionism, point to the value of increasing our photographic vocabulary in order to better express ourselves.
The Chilcotin Ark III: the Itcha Volcano Exhibit
I don’t have the vocabulary to describe the emotional resonance I experienced while exploring the Itcha volcano; it was the most energetic landscape, the one where I experienced my most powerful photographic experience. For several days, the art of planet Earth and my response to it had me on my knees fighting back tears.
Occasionally I take my camera and dog for a walk in Walker Valley; it’s only a 5-minute drive from my home. The valley is a typical grassland; home to small lakes, marshlands, flowering shrubs, and a scattering of aspen and fir trees; a wonderfully diverse area to walk.
As I enter the valley with my camera, I pretend it is unknown to me; the goal of art is to explore the unknown.
Recently, I have been captivated by how the broken brush strokes of Tom Thompson and the Group of Seven have rendered trees of the Canadian landscape. They have inspired me to express traditional tree forms in new ways.
Every tree or group of trees speak a different language. By imagining my camera to be a paint brush, I approach these trees and spontaneously begin conversations.
Trees of Walker Valley I
Trees of Walker Valley II
Trees of Walker Valley III
Trees of Walker Valley IV
Trees of Walker Valley V
Trees of Walker Valley VI
Trees of Walker Valley VII
Trees of Walker Valley VIII
Trees of Walker Valley IX
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