The PROJECT is all about honouring the amazing and talented people of Peterborough county by capturing a portrait of each of them in their respective work spaces, homes or studios.
I strive to create images that speak to me and to the viewers as being representative and true to how I perceive these people. That's a wordy way of saying that very minimal staging occurs.
The lighting in each portrait is purposely kept minimalistic. In some cases there is only daylight. In others there may be one or two small flash units to pick out important parts of the scene. Additionally each image is very true to the scene as I saw it, with a minimal amount of adjustments in post-processing. Just as I would do in a traditional darkroom with film and paper, adjustments are made in order to create the atmosphere desired. Different tools, same treatment.
This project is primarily about the subjects in each image. It is also about my desire to create images that illustrate my passion for compelling portraits as would have been commissioned of skilled painters from centuries past. My main influence would have to be Johannes (Jan) Vermeer and other Dutch portraitists of similar ilk. I encourage you, the art lover to seek out works that appeal to you and take a good look at how the artist used light and shadow to interperet the world around them. Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy the project.
Here is how things are moving along....
As of December 11, 2017:
A final test print has been completed to my satisfaction. Now, I know how the other prints will be printed based on the tests.
The show venue has been selected and dates are set.
We are looking at dividing the show into two parts.
Based on a chronological order of shooting, the first 21 portraits will show starting on July 6 2018 and the last 21 starting August 3.
The location will be Christensen Fine Art, 432 George Street, Peterborough.
Each artist has been invited to show a piece of their own creation. It is their choice if they wish to offer their work for sale at the show.
It should be a very exciting, invigorating show. We will have work by numerous local creatives who work in mediums such as oil, acrylic and water colours, encaustic, photography, pottery, ceramics, glass work, metal work, etching, jewelry and typographic printing.
I believe this will show a healthy representation of the creative energy that exists in Peterborough county. Again, thank you to all the artists and to all the supporters. I could not have done it without you.