It’s natural to be drawn to distant destinations that promise adventure and creative inspiration. But these can also be found in journeys much closer to home, as I hope to demonstrate through the photographs in this exhibit.
Most of my travelling has been by boat, with the bulk of it here on BC’s south coast. Over the years I’ve learned that every destination – no matter how often I’ve been there – has something different to offer each time I visit.
Places on or close to our doorsteps may seem “familiar”, but they’re never the same twice. Light and shadows dance across the landscape, new textures and colours unfold by the hour, and shorelines change with the rise and fall of the tide. The “old” becomes new again, right in front of our eyes.
Journeys within 100 miles of home can reward us with beauty, wild spaces, adventure and inspiration. What they don’t require are passports, airports or much in the way of carbon emissions – and for that, I’m thankful, especially in the face of our world’s grave climate emergency.
Medical Centre Show, Gabriola Health, Church Street (downstairs by Lifelabs). A new solo show is on now until February 21, 2020 featuring works by Dirk Huysman.
“I have had a camera in my hands for quite a long time. After many years in the darkroom I have come to enjoy the world of digital photography. One of my greatest joys is translating what I see in the mind’s eye, to the photographic print, successfully.”
Photographic exhibit titled “Postcards from the Ends of the Earth” by Steve Struthers at the Church Street Medical Centre (downstairs by Lifelabs) from October 15 to November 29. Steve Struthers provides us with “postcards from 9 countries, each photograph an attempt to find the heart and soul of a travel experience.
Gabriola Arts Council Building
Collection of 12 photos showing Gabriola artists creative processes by Blair Mann. October 2019
“Forms of Water” print show is open, at Gabriola Island’s Centre Gallery!
By: © Bill Pope, photographer
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Flickr photo sets: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gabriolaisland/sets/
Phone: (250) 247-9999 Fax: (250) 247-8000
Gallery Viewing: anytime the Professional Centre is open, from August 9 until the end of September….
Living on an island, we have ample opportunity to experience water views. We can take water for granted, to the extent that we don’t appreciate – or even notice – the water around us. Living with a photographer’s eyes, I have found that I’ve become more aware of my surroundings. Thankfully, the awareness goes beyond “that would be a nice picture”, and extends to a greater sense of wonder about shapes, textures, colours, and relationships among the things I see. These “water views” images represent my reactions to some of the things I see. I have arbitrarily limited the photographs to ones that contain water (in some form or another), while creating pictures that can also be evocative. The images in this display are not pictures “of” water – they are ones that “include” water.
Medical Centre Show, Gabriola Health, Church Street (downstairs by Lifelabs). A new solo show is on now until October 15, 2019 featuring works by Diane Green.
Medical Centre Show, Gabriola Health, Church Street (downstairs by Lifelabs). A new solo show is on now until August 16, 2019 featuring works by Frank Eberdt
Frank Eberdt has lived on Gabriola for over 20 years, but it is only in the last few years that he has established a darkroom here, where he produces all of his hand made prints. He shoots with both digital and film cameras including large format view cameras, and creates prints using various ancient emulsions such as platinum, cyanotype and gum bichromate, often in combination. These techniques involve exposing negatives under ultra violet light and then developing the hand coated paper in multiple baths. This is a method now referred to as alternative process photography. For family reasons Frank often travels to Toronto, where he instructs darkroom workshops at the Toronto Camera Club.
His efforts to learn other innovative methods for exhibiting hand made photographic images caused him to discover the technique of printing images on vellum. The appealing luminosity of these prints is achieved by gilding the back of the vellum with gold leaf and other precious or imitation precious metals.
The beauty of alternative process photography (AP) is that you can take files from a digital camera to create hand made prints that have a distinctive personalized appearance. Making AP prints involves first printing one or more negatives on special plastic film. This is a challenging process that requires expertise and patience, but is highly satisfying when you get the result you are aiming for. Frank’s colour AP prints are made using four separate negatives, individually printed and carefully registered on one hand coated sheet of high quality water colour paper, using four or more separate emulsions and exposures, a process that takes over 8 hours. His prints have been exhibited and sold over the years in both Toronto and on Gabriola.
If you are interested in purchasing a print, please contact Frank at (250) 247-8217 or email@example.com
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I acquired my first camera ( Petri f2.) in 1964 and I remember the magic and the joy of instinctively taking my first roll of film; the anticipation of waiting for the results, my desire to create stories around my pictures, and to show them to family and friends.
Although much has changed since, nothing much has changed really.
I still click instinctively; this is my default nature, which I have learned to trust and value. My thinking tends to be done before and after.
Until recently, the story part of my pictures has remained mostly unexplored. I have been hesitant, concerned that that I had nothing ‘interesting’ to say, uneasy about revealing myself naked.
However, my desire to explore that part of has been growing. I have learned to express myself and, when I do, joy arises in me,
I become more open, more creative, and more content with my life.
In his Meditations On The Art of Seeing, Meister Eckhart mentions that the Student of Seeing has to first “unlock the Mystery of Seeing”, and that the gateway is to be found in the release from the ‘me’ and ‘mine’, the Ego, and its collection of things that define its territory. As soon as one relaxes and becomes Human, endowed with
a sensitivity to ‘what is real’, the peculiar role assigned to Creation presents itself.
My interest in creating stories, is connected to exploring the unexpressed in me, my desire to find out more about myself, about my Humanity, and about Life. It is about finding my voice.
I am committed to every step, every photo, and every word. I look forward to this opportunity to create, to explore, and to share with you.