Emergence Spotlight | Adrian Oosterman

December 1-January 8 2018 | Opening December 7 2017 6-9pm

Emergence showcases the work of a group of photographers who are presenting new and exciting work. This is the second iteration of this exhibition in which four artists will be chosen to exhibit in Montreal in 2018.

Lindsi Hollend |Anna Borcherdt |Adrian Oosterman |Cat StambolicAndrew Persaud

Marlene Hilton MooreRaquel Moliterno


What is your process?

My past as a commercial photographer is sometimes an asset and sometimes a hindrance. An assignment creates focus. Lack of one invites creativity. Now I shoot without restriction and that lack of framework is a double-edged sword. Of course, there are also times when I’m pursuing a specific subject matter, like water, which is an ongoing visual passion of mine. I often go out to shoot with few expectations or assumptions. I walk around evaluating what’s there: the landscape, the light, the shapes — I’m especially drawn to graphic shapes. Later, I evaluate the images and identify those that share a narrative. Those narratives create collections.

As with the images from the collection “There are Spirits in These Woods,” I sometimes further manipulate the original shots to reveal the emotional component that was with me when I took them. Adding reflections is often my way to bring focus to unique aspects in the images.


Where do you want to go with your work?

After years of exclusively focusing on shooting, I’m excited to be exposing my work to wider audience.

To me, my role as an artist is to visualize what often goes unnoticed, revealing something new in the process. I want to continue to explore those half-seen and unseen worlds. On the other hand, I will continue to create traditional images and portraits because of the satisfaction that comes from capturing beauty.

New locations always bring me fresh perspectives. To that end, I see travel on my horizon.


What do you want people to take away from your images?

These images are from a collection called “There are Spirits in These Woods.” While in California, I was drawn to shoot the variety of colours and textures present in the Muir Woods and San Simeon. In using reflections as a technique in those shots, I brought to light another element — perhaps a hidden energy. I expect that every viewer will see something different. Some will see purely abstract shapes and lines. Others will see faces and creatures — and hopefully some spirits. Like a Rorschach test, every perception is an insight.

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