It is a dark lecture hall at the back of the bottom floor of the National Gallery of Canada, next to the gift shop and an atrium lit by the koi pond, which serves as its skylight. The hall is full of murmurs and silhouettes. They move with a light anticipation, and the conversations I … Continue reading The Story of You by Deanna Pizzitelli
Stepan Chubaev's work is anything but classic portraiture. Rather than capturing his subjects in a soft and flattering light, he presents their features boldly and bizarrely, often with highly saturated colours and overexposed light. Chubaev hails from the cultural capital of Russia, Saint Petersburg. Born in 1999, Chubaev has made some impressive feats as an … Continue reading The Defaced and Obscured Portraits of Stepan Chubaev
Casey Meyers’s series “I’m Feeling a Little Strange” is about homecoming, but there is little at-homeness to the spirit of the series. Instead, the art discusses life and identity as they lapse into mute simulacra, reflections that appear as lived experience but are not quite ‘real’ in the sense of actual presence. The crisis of … Continue reading Uncanny Homecoming: Exploring Identity and Alienation in Casey Meyers’s “I’m Feeling a Little Strange”
In the 21st century, two major interrelated technological factors have greatly changed how we take photos and how we engage with photography. The first major change was the advent of increasingly affordable digital technology allowing more photos to be taken more often by more people, and cheaper than ever before. I should also mention digital editing technology, which changed the level of control a photographer could exercise over a photo once it is taken. However, this improvement is overstated by those unfamiliar with analog editing technology. It is more an improvement in access than in capacity.
Aesthetics, like language, have outgrown their original primary role as a mediator of subjectivity and instead have become subjectivity itself. Rather than lived experience dictating aesthetics, aesthetics now dictate lived experiences. Our current state of contemporary photography can sometimes feel like every potentiality has been tried, and sometimes the best inspiration comes from digging through … Continue reading Aesthetics and Experience by William Lalonde
Violeta Parisi is a nineteen-year-old photographer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She became interested in photography when she was quite young, which prompted her to begin taking photography courses and purchase her first camera. Parisi explains that after getting a handle on digital photography, she shifted her gaze to film photography. By using a variety of … Continue reading Pastel Melancholy with Violeta Parisi
Whether she decides to go with softer tones or uses the caustic influence of household chemicals to enhance her work, Rox is able to capture horizons from the natural world and turn them into something almost mythical.
The project titled From Here was collected, shot and curated by Kirra Kimbrell and Rachel King. The text is a collaboration by both women, and the images are shot by them and also include found photographs from a family archive. I don’t recall the day you were born but I remember the space you’ve created every moment … Continue reading Pondering Time and Collective Experience in Creative Duo Kirra Kimbrell and Rachel King’s ‘From Here’
Wendy Morgan's work is not exactly what we would call "easy viewing". In contrast to some recent features that have focused on soft tones, grainy textures and muted colours, Morgan's work is bold, bright, and decidedly stark. Although Morgan's work is largely centred around inanimate objects, she has a way of bringing them vividly to … Continue reading Turning the Ordinary into the Extraordinary with Wendy Morgan
In early April 2016 I arrived in Vienna Austria and planned to stay until the end of August. I was there for personal reasons; personal reasons that would plague me throughout my trip, and eventually resulted in an early departure at the end of June for Venice where I would recuperate. Except for a short … Continue reading A Quiet Horror by James Lewicki