Noir/Chroma Spotlight:Peter Dušek

Jan 3 – Feb 28 2019

Opening reception January 17 2019

Peter Dušek, Alan Dunlop, Susan Kerr, Kerry Hayes, Marlene Hilton Moore, Leah Oates

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What is your process

My process is one of great searching for a something in nature, uncluttered, yet in perfect balance, that best represents the essence of the world. I try to look for the small, overlooked aspects, and rarely the obvious. These elements can be found everywhere, but they are often lost among nature’s or manmade chaos, so it is difficult to find them in a way that they can be isolated and shown to the viewer. My motto is “as little as possible, as much as necessary” leading to the perfect balance between too little and too much. I often find myself, like a painter, subtracting from what I see, whether it’s in the camera using camera placement, darkness, fog or a snow storm to hide or reveal “just enough”. Later, on the computer, I often subtract clutter that distracts; clutter that when looking at the scene, the eye may see but the mind ignores. I often photograph in the winter on snow, using its lightness, along with the sky, as an empty canvas, only adding the “brush strokes” of the objects that I want to show.

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November 12-December 24
Reception: November 15 | 6-9pm
Artist Talk: December 4 | 6-7:30pm

Artists: Monica Glitz and Philip Jessup

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Philip Jessup

Monica Glitz and Philip Jessup are two contemporary Canadian photographers who have devoted their bodies of work to exploring the sublime in endangered spaces that—at least for now—have been saved by government conservation efforts.

Glitz has photographed UNESCO World Heritage sites over the past twenty years, from Angkor, Cambodia to Easter Island, Chile to Stonehenge, England. Her images look back in time and capture the awe of ancient splendor.
Jessup has photographed significant natural landscapes endangered by sea level rise that governments are seeking to conserve, from Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, Mexico to Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge, Louisiana to Assateague Island National Seashore, Virginia. His images express the beauty we could lose if we don’t turn the tide on climate change.

Local communities benefit from tourism and other services generated by the archaeological sites and natural landscapes these two photographers visit. For instance, indigenous Mayan guides and lobster fishermen have formed business cooperatives to promote thriving local businesses.

Both photographers have developed unique styles that distinguish their respective bodies of work. Glitz made the curatorial decision to pursue producing her images using a historical, and very permanent, printing process. Her images are printed using gum bichromate, a hand coated process that will last hundreds of years, perhaps outliving the subject matter. Jessup shoots in medium format and strives for brilliant color and arresting spatial compositions that hark back to the Japanese woodblocks of Hirosige.

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Monica Glitz

Call for Submissions: Noir/Chroma

Jan 3 – Feb 28 2019
Opening reception January 17 2019

The Connections Gallery is seeking submissions for a two month exhibition in early 2019.

This exhibition, Noir/Chroma, showcases exquisite black and white images and images exploring colour. No specific theme.

Photographers will each have one 30″x37″ mounted print.

This exhibition is being printed in its entirety by Bob Carnie, each photographer will receive their mounted print once the show comes down. There are two choices for production methods of images. The hybrid historical-contemporary Lambda will be used to produce the black and white silver gelatin prints, or artists can have their work printed via inkjet for black/white and colour. Bob will work together with the photographers to choose their best image and printing method. Promoting the printer/photographer dynamic, printing will be a collaborative effort.

Logistics

Each artist will have either:

1- 28×28” approx. Lambda print mounted on 30″x37″ art board

OR

1- 30″x37″ inkjet print mounted on the same size board

Exhibition fee + Production: $700 plus tax


Submissions

Send up to 5-10 JPEGS

Bio

Statement


Contact

Carissa Ainslie carissa@alternativephotoservices.com

Portfolio Workshop December 2018

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What: Portfolio Workshop

Where: Alternative Photo Services at 1840 Danforth Ave, Toronto

When: December 27-December 30 2018

Spots: Minimum 4 maximum 6

Cost: $1,000 plus tax + materials (material list provided upon request)

This workshop is for anyone who is looking to build a portfolio of alternative prints. Students will be printing their own work under the guidance of printer Bob Carnie using gum bichromate and/or platinum palladium.

Print sizes range from 8×10 all the way up to 20×28.

Once the prints are finished, they will be custom matted using cotton rag 4 ply board.

To sign up or ask a question, email Bob or Carissa

bob@alternativephotoservices.com

carissa@alternativephotoservices.com

In/En Transition in Montreal

In/En Transition

June 12-17 | Reception June 14 6-9pm

Galerie Carte Blanche | 1853 Rue Amherst, Montreal

Philip Jessup,  Eliza Moore,  Liza Murzin,  Matthew Plexman,  Frances Patella, Bob Carnie

Eliza Moore

Eliza Moore

Frances Patella

Frances Patella

Matthew Plexman

Matthew Plexman

Philip Jessup

Philip Jessup

Liza Murzin

Lisa Murzin

Bob Carnie

Bob Carnie

Vancouver and Capture!

Carissa just returned from Vancouver where she was stationed for ten days. We rented a pop up space for two weeks in Chinatown, installing Series, Clearcut and Ipseity.

Series

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SERIES brings together five photographers with five different stories to tell. Salina Kassam, Thomas Brasch, Larry D. Hayden and Skip Dean have explored their own environments through the photographic medium.


Clearcut

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The intersection of man and nature is a dominant theme in Matthew Plexman’s work. Clearcut captures the evolution of an old logging road in northeastern Ontario: old sections are blocked off and new routes added, leading to new areas of logging activity. The borders between clearcut and forest are abrupt at first—open areas of chewed-up earth and toppled trees abut untouched woodland. Over time, the process of healing begins and the borders blur. Plexman attempts to find beauty and symmetry in the tension between destruction and regeneration, inviting dialogue about the conflict inherent in our dependence on nature for both resource extraction and emotional sustenance.


 

Meeting New People

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Carissa had the pleasure of meeting some really interesting folks on her travels. Sally Buck and Kent Lins popped up their photos in cube vans every weekend during the Capture Photo Fest.

She also got a fantastic tour of the new Emily Carr University campus by photo studio tech Geoffrey, and met up with Kathy from Beau Photo.

With a bit of down time, she also got to take in some of the sights of Vancouver and Whistler.

 

 

Pigment NYC and Toronto

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Pigment is a group photography exhibition that explores the concept of colour through the historical gum bichromate process. Each photographer has two prints in the show, printed by Bob Carnie.

Artists

Lori Ryerson, Linda Kooluris Dobbs, Bryan Helm, Bob Carnie, Shelagh Howard, Thomas Brasch Brendan Meadows, Ian Campbell, Cory Wilyman, Lorraine Parow, Guy Lafontaine, Paulette Michayluk, Janet Holmes, Alan Dunlop, Laura Paterson

*New York April 6 and 7 Bushwick Community Darkroom*

Pigment will pop up at the Bushwick Community Darkroom April 6 and 7 2018. These dates were chosen so that participating artists who wish to visit the city during the exhibition can attend The Photography Show presented by AIPAD.

Facebook event HERE

*Toronto | May 2-June 29 Lonsdale Gallery*

The prints will return to Toronto where they will become a part of Red Light, an exhibition at Lonsdale Gallery. This juried salon show will exclusively feature alternative prints by artists from around the world. Red Light is a feature show in the CONTACT Photo Festival.

Lori Ryerson Gum Bichromate-Prop Plane, Deer Lake

Lori Ryerson

 

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Alan Dunlop

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Thomas Brasch

In En Transition Spotlight: Guy Lafontaine

In/En Transition

March 1-31 2018  | Opening Reception March 2 | Artist talk March 3

In/En Transition presents an exchange of photography by exhibiting six Quebec artists in Toronto, and six Ontario artists in Montreal, reinforcing a sense of community between the two provinces.

Artists- Toronto- Connections Gallery
André DenisNathalie GarceauJudith BellavanceCaroline HayeurJean-Francois Leblanc, Guy Lafontaine

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How has your process changed over your career as a photographer?

My process has evolved from basic film cameras to medium format to large format cameras. Then to digital cameras, from basic ones to a higher end one. Through all my years in photography, I got to know and use a broad range of cameras and equipment. But I always saw the equipment I use only as tools that allow to bring to life my vision.

Using solely digital cameras for several years now, I see the benefits of ease of use and the bonus of seeing my results instantly. In the film days, any new project had its financial burden, with digital cameras the costs for a new project have gone down and allow me to consider more projects as feasible.

Bio

I have been living and working in Montreal for the last 30 years. Working as a professional mechanical designer for all my whole career, I have an insider’s view of the industrial environments, equipments and un-common places on which I get to intervene, either as a mechanical designer or as a photographer for my personal documentary projects. My dual background allows me to create visually strong and well structured images that can have a meaningful informative side as well.

As a self-educated photographer/curator, I evolved through the various projects that I create, slowly building myself a strong artistic experience along the way. As the american photographer Walker Evans stated, I describe myself as “documentary style” photographer. Subjects that I worked on through the years are: several large manufacturing industries (either about to close and or being drastically transformed), a major paper mill in the closing process, an hotel/convention centre complex being demolished, the largest nuclear bunker in Canada between it’s active and it’s museum period, hydro power plants, downtown store front reflections and various urban landscapes of humble worker’s houses alongside industrial sites, highways, railroads and major power lines.

Artist Spotlight: Lorraine Parow

Through a Lens: Our Female Gaze

February 1-February 28

Opening Reception February 8 | Artist Talks February 10

Through a Lens: Our Female Gaze presents six artists who are telling their stories through the photographic lens. Lisa Murzin, Shelagh Howard, Marlene Hilton Moore, Lorraine Parow, Janet Holmes and Lauren Young share a variety of work for this exhibition hailing from different backgrounds, generations and experiences.

 

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Statement

“Letting The Girls Fly’ provokes an intimate invitation to explore the individual discoveries in each tiny documentary framed photograph. These tiny images are of posters, hand written by women and placed throughout the woods. They contain simple truths. They are small reminders to be delighted by, and heal through. They are intended to invoke memory, to empower and inspire inclusion. They are positive ‘flash cards’.

How has your photographic process been informed by your experiences

Two stages of major developmental influences inform my photo-based imagery, before college and since college (grad of 1980) Before college (1977) In my life I communed with nature from the beginning, partially because it was so fascinating, ever evolving and utterly captivating and magical. Creation fascinated me. Nature and natural light with it’s endless variations moved me.

As it would be discovered in my mid thirties. Throughout my life I’d suffered from an impairment of my vision, leaving me compensating and working hard to overcome everyday life in a very strained manner. I know now when I reflect upon those decades of difficulty I recognize in hind sight that in fact I knew to find a quiet refuge in nature from the beginning. I developed a profound work ethic to keep up with my eye impairment disadvantage. It would turn out that I learned exceptional discipline on the track team where by our school happen to have an Olympic track coach who would impart his wisdom in such a manner that to this day I continue with much of his methods to make a commitment to gain ‘my personal best’.

In my senior year in high school I was confronted with the decision to further my education with either track or photography. This would require and either/or decision as each advanced education institution would be in different ends of the province. I focused on photography. My education changed my life, it consists of a 3 year photographic arts program, a 3 year advanced digital photography program, a 2 year painting, sculpture, drawing, 3D design program. I admired the real image achieved in the analogue optical format that a camera provided. It gave me the real thing when my eyes could not exactly do so. I set out to create a career in the photographic community since 1980.

This stage two has transformed my sensitivity to colour as a custom cibachrome printer for decades, to light as a location photographer, to the arts an assistant photographic gallery curator and production manager, and to production as a shooter for fantastic clients and magazines and stock agencies. Plus I continued through out these decades fine tuning many bodies of photo-based art work. I was also printing, framing and showing annually in a variety of remarkably diverse and accessible venues.

I continue to have a passion to seek out, to find beauty in the everyday, to create a positive impact, to discover ways to share images and ultimately to stop the moment in someone’s everyday life to create a single pause, a resting moment. I want to interrupt a person’s routine to share a simple moment with an image I’d discovered. It is with the recovery of my eye impairment since the mid 90’s that I enthusiastically embrace the everyday with a renewed sense of this freedom. I just want to shoot, share and celebrate the possibility in the everyday.

Artist Spotlight: Lauren Young

Through a Lens: Our Female Gaze

February 1-February 28

Opening Reception February 8 | Artist Talks February 10

Through a Lens: Our Female Gaze presents six artists who are telling their stories through the photographic lens. Lisa Murzin, Shelagh Howard, Marlene Hilton Moore, Lorraine Parow, Janet Holmes and Lauren Young share a variety of work for this exhibition hailing from different backgrounds, generations and experiences.

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Statement

I think the mark of a good image is if it tells a good story. When I look at these images, I see a story about the relationship between young girls. It’s about the things we go through, the people we love or hate, and the looks we give each other when something interesting happens. I wanted to capture these faces so that I could look back on them and see the differences between ourselves now and then. This project allows me to document such a prevalent time in the lives of the people closest to me as we go through such pivotal shared experiences.

How has your photographic process been informed by your experiences

I photograph the things I see in life, the moments I experience. My goal for every picture I take is to capture an intimate moment shared between me and the subject, this is why having some sort of relationship with the subject is quite important to me. I am constantly trying to have unique experiences with those whom I photograph. Being a teenage girl myself, it makes the most sense for me to take pictures of my closest friends as they go through the same things I am.