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.
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.
We've just entered the month of April (still snow on the ground) and things are moving forward with the Project.
At this point, after hitting a printing snag, I have 5 prints completed and ready for display. I will continue to test print and produce finals as the days pass.
My struggle now is (in addition to finding a venue) to find a proper storage box for the 42 prints. Locally, nothing. So I've continued to search on the internet to find an archival solution. The trick is to find one that is A)archival, B)large enough and C) under $100 in cost with shipping and taxes. Yes, I probably could build my own and have considered doing so, but the problem is that there are no materials locally to allow me to do that. So I might as well just order one and save the hassle.
Thank you one and all for staying abreast of the situation. I still hope to see a good turnout for the opening and subsequent show.
Today, the family and I went to the opening of Marilyn Goslin's new space in Lakefield. She bought a century home on Katherine Street, near the canal. The showing was grand and amazing. Plenty of passionate attendees for this show.
Her work was and still is amazing and shows so well in this classic Lakefield home. I enjoyed talking with Marilyn and a few of the guests. I delighted with seeing red stickers next to a number of her pieces. Way to go Marilyn. You deserve all success.
In my time there, I was introduced to a member of the AGP management. Forgive me, I am terrible at recalling names. I now have a bit more information in regards to pursuing a show at the Art Gallery of Peterborough. Watch for further reports to that end.