Newsletter #176: January, 2020
© Chris Harris. All rights reserved.
This is my 176th consecutive monthly photographic newsletter. Enjoy!
One of the greatest things I can do as a photographic artist is to visually express myself; to communicate how I feel about the world around me, or some aspect of it. For me, the thrill of doing so lies in the adventure of exploring the modalities of expression and visual design.
I had such an adventure earlier this month in Ireland, and I’d like to share it with you.
An Adventure in Colour and Perspective:
Earlier this month I visited my sister, Jane O’Malley, in Ireland. She is an artist and her painting studio (which she shared with her late husband, Tony O’Malley) is a treasure trove of colour and inspiration. The moment I enter the studio space, there is an energy of substance and creativity; it’s a place of resonance to which I respond with a sense of excitement and spontaneity.
Jane and Tony’s painting studio; a space filled with inspiration
I have photographed here several times. However, each visual adventure yields images like none I have made before. That’s the thrill of exploring expression.
To challenge myself further, I brought only two lenses; an 8-15 mm fisheye and a 100 mm macro lens. While this limited my perspectives on the one hand, it also pushed me to discover new perspectives.
Tony has been a mentor of mine for many years. His paintings are of every shape imaginable, including circles (foreground).
Finally, with my zoom fisheye lens I was able to fulfill my dream of making photographs of similar perspectives.
Tools of their craft, I
Tools of their craft, II
Tools of their craft, III
In an adjoining room are stored paintings, drawings, and installations.
The racks of different coloured paintings at different angles provided me with my chosen subject.
With only two lenses and my chosen subject, there was an explosion of possibilities.
Colour and perspective, I
Colour and perspective, II
Colour and perspective, III
Colour and perspective, IV
Colour and perspective, V
Colour and perspective, VI
Colour and perspective, VII
Colour and perspective, VIII
Colour and perspective, IX
Expression requires observation, exploration, and experimentation. By making these images, I feel I am helping to preserve Jane and Tony’s creative energy which I always feel, upon entering their studio of inspiration.
2-Day and 7-Day Workshops for 2020
Informative, Inspirational, Challenging & Creative
New workshop added.
You asked – we answered!
September 8-15, 2020, on Gabriola Island.
This is a magnificent west coast setting to study visual design and unique expression; to take your photography to an entirely new level.
The workshop is hosted at The Haven, a welcoming shoreline retreat centre where a plethora of photographic opportunities await you. Sandstone formations, coastal forests, oceanscapes, and congenial Gulf Island hospitality are just a few reasons why so many artists live on this island.
Enjoy a few artistic expressions made near our retreat centre.
A peaceful evening
A visual exploration of beach seaweeds
An Arbutus tree
Abstract expression of an Arbutus tree
Lighthouse; an unusual perspective
Language of the sea
Sandstone; a compositional study of a geological story
Impression of a visual journey through a forest
Dennis Ducklow and I teach these 7-day workshops, in which we approach photography as an art form. Please join us. You will be inspired.
Freedom of Expression
A Workshop in Photography as Art
Art is the language of expression.
Through illustrated talks on art and photography, in-the-field art projects, and collaborative evaluation sessions, you will discover new ways to interpret your most familiar realities into new, unique, and never-before-seen expressions, using ‘in-camera’ techniques. You will journey toward becoming a true photographic artist.
Journey beyond representational image making. By blending technical and creative aspects of photography, you will celebrate new ways to communicate visually.
With personalized assistance, you will take your photography beyond the obvious, and to a level you never knew existed or thought possible.
The ‘in-camera’ techniques will free you to visualize and develop your unique expression.
This 2-Day workshop will take you on a journey toward greater photographic artistry.
As with the images below, you can begin to interpret your world with a new freedom of expression.
Abstract expression of a country landscape
Abstract expression of urban skyscrapers
Impressionist perception of Mount Royal cemetery
Photographic impressionism can take us beyond documentary image-making
Multiple perspective portrayal of downtown Montreal
Expressionist interpretation of Old Montreal at blue-hour
Artistic perspective of a cracked ceiling
Divine beauty in flower movement
Seeking visual design elements within a complex environment
A representational study of the influence of simplicity in visual design
Offer to Camera Clubs:
Any group of photographers (max.12 participants including one complimentary space for the organizer) can organize this 2-day workshop. Contact Rita or Chris for details at email@example.com. Please subject your email ‘2- Day Workshop’.
We are able to bring this workshop to almost any location in Canada, as we often present spectacular audio-visual presentations around the country. A perfect combination for your club or organization could be both a presentation and workshop.
We can discuss various options depending on your location and needs. One event can help support the other.
Offer to Individual Photographers:
For individual photographers; I am offering a 2-day workshop at my gallery at 105 Mile Ranch, in central British Columbia. For details and reservations, contact Rita or Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please subject your email ‘2-Day Workshop.’
Date: June 27 & 28, 2020
See you next month!