gallery 44 / artscape gibraltar point
In 2014, I participated in a photography residency that was held at Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island.
It was a fantastic time...
I was one of thirteen photographers who attended the first version of this programme - a joint effort between Artscape and Gallery 44 (I'm a member of Gallery 44). The working theme was "Borders and Collisions" - a very powerful and important basis for visually exploring human interaction, intervention and intrusion of the landscape.
We enjoyed two days of shooting, critique, community. learning and friendship. And, yes, eating too. It was great because I did NOTHING but focus on my photography. Many thanks to Gallery 44, Artscape, our leader - April Hickox, and our coordinator - Darren Rigo.
Below are a few images from the weekend:
Across the road from Artscape Gibraltar Point is a water filtration plant. Naturally, the process requires apparatus that infringes on the natural scape. This is a photo of an off-shore vent that simply robs the eye. An obvious but likely necessary intrusion by man on this beautiful vista.
There is nothing more beautiful than observing natural elements do their thing… this image captures nature breaking its own defining borders... water and sand. The result is form, texture, and colour... simply awe inspiring. All I added was a little perspective and the image was complete!
While photographing on the beach, I briefly pointed my camera towards the ground... sand actually. In the viewfinder, it appeared like I was capturing molten lava or large sand dunes from an elevated point. The mix of the golden early morning sun and the long shadows it cast painted a very textured scene. The depressions are merely displaced sand particles caused by humans walking on the beach. Imprint after imprint and then nature’s tidal wash was sufficient to sculpt the look. Continuous interplay between man and nature.
A unique creation… an immense palette of colours and texture... formed by the natural erosion of matter caused by the constant immersion in water or the battering of water onto the layers of a fallen tree.
Nature does a great job of erasing traces of mankind... at a beach, a wave can hurry to shore and simply wash away any impressions... forever.
Nature has no need for doors… they exist because man created borders. This one belongs to a lighthouse near Gibraltar Point.
Nature creates so much texture and contrast... simply amazing!
The ultimate space... a Sunday morning row... quiet time with nature... mankind intruding.
In the silence of nature, flowers were left on the beach... on a tree stump... a promise to remain together always... traces of human interaction...