Artography: A Show of Photographic Art

Two winters ago I met Suzanne Williams. We were participants in a winter photography workshop at Big White, a prominent ski mountain near Kelowna, B.C. Both of us are members of the Central Okanagan Photographic Society. Her work came to my attention at COPS where she sometimes entered the clubs monthly image competitions. Very impressive!

About a year ago we talked about putting on a show of our photographic art at Kelowna’s Rotary Centre for the Arts. Little was mentioned about the idea other than I knew that Suzanne had booked the Galleria section of the RCA for the month of July. And then, 2 months ago, we started serious planning for our event.

Several years ago I participated with a group of photographers in a show at the French Cultural Centre. This was followed up with a month long show with 5 other photographers at the Little Straw Winery in West Kelowna. In 4 out of the last 5 years I have been juried into the photography show at Artwalk in Lake Country, B.C. But this show, which we are calling Artography, will be my most important art event so far.

For the month of July some of the walls at home will be empty. Images I have hung there are natural choices for me to include in Artography. A few more, however, were needed to complete the exhibit. Making those selections has been my most difficult task in getting ready for this exhibit.

After much angst and consideration I have finally selected 12 images. I’m really proud of my selections. They represent my view of the world around me. The black and whites reflect my earliest interest in photograph. The remainder, show more recent interests…. texture, color and a minimalist view of a landscape. Most of all however, this show represents the tremendous growth I have made in my expressive confidence

While two images have yet to be picked up from my framer all will be ready for set up on Canada Day, July 1st. I can hardly wait. So, excited…..

Hotel with the character of age.

Hotel with the character of age.

This image was made in Superior, Arizona, a small mining town east of Phoenix. In its original form right out of the camera it looked lifeless and drab. But I saw the color and stucco in the weathered stucco and bricks when I captured the image. Working with Nik’s Color Efex Pro I was able to bring out that color and texture. With the black sky it is rather surreal and one of my favourite images in the show.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Suzanne June 28, 2015 at 9:13 pm #

    Stu, I am so glad to you agreed to attend this gallery with me…It is so affirming to have our work finally hung…yes we both have attended and done well at Artwalk but this time it is different WE are choosing which images to display..which images we love, which images tell our story.. it is my privledge to participate in this journey as my friend and fellow artist..super excited

    • Stu Dale June 28, 2015 at 9:20 pm #

      Wow, I don’t know what to say.Thanks. I recognized early that I identified with your work and the way you approached photography and art. To me this show is an awakening and for that, friend, I thank you.

  2. Brenda Larson June 29, 2015 at 8:03 am #

    Congratulations to you both! Will be sure to plan a visit to RCA.

    • Stu Dale June 29, 2015 at 3:12 pm #

      Great! I will be there on Thursday morning this week as well as Friday afternoons.

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