Photographers capture province-wide attention
Arts: Okotoks, Longview part of this month's Exposure Photography Festival
Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018 09:43 am
Galleries in Okotoks and Longview are part of the month-long Exposure Photography Festival, which features hundreds of photographers in more than 60 events throughout Alberta.
The festival began in 2004 and displays photography in art galleries, coffee shops, restaurants and pop-up galleries across Alberta. Last year the festival drew approximately 25,000 visitors.
“We’re building momentum and expanding and increasing our coverage for the province,” said Lizzie Car, festival co-ordinator. “What is so great about Exposure is it’s quite a broad audience from beginners, to experienced photographers, to hobbyists, to people who enjoy photography. It’s open to everybody so that’s what makes it so unique and why people keep coming back every year.”
Photographers Debra Garside and Donna Wilson hung a new show for the festival, combining photographs of their world travels at the Garside Wilson Gallery in Longview.
“We both spent time in Africa, I’ve done several trips to Mongolia and we’re very much about the western culture in this area so those things and all of my wild horse pictures is all tied together,” she said.
“It’s just a fantastic opportunity and it’s so nice for photographers to get the recognition they deserve.”
The exhibition, called Equi-librium, features 26 photographs by Garside and Wilson.
“About half of that is brand new work that hasn’t been seen before,” said Garside. “Donna has a new collection of western photographs and mine are mostly of Mongolia and Sable Island. I think the way I feel about Mongolia really shows through the show and Donna has some almost life-sized horse portrait pieces that are just exceptional. It’s a really impactful show.”
This is the second year they participated.
“It’s kind of a special thing for photography to be featured almost province wide,” said Garside. “For people that are interested in fine art photography it’s a wonderful opportunity to have several collections all across the province to be able to go and see and we just wanted to be a part of that. We’ve been getting quite a lot of phone calls because exposure does a good job of promoting all the events.”
The gallery is also hosting two presentations in the coming weeks. Calgary adventurist Laval St. Germain will give a talk called Stories & Lessons from Above the Clouds and Past the Ocean’s Horizon Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. at a cost of $22. Garside will provide a slide show of her photographs of Mongolia and show the 2016 documentary The Eagle Huntress, about a Kazakh teen who attempts to become the first female eagle hunter to compete in the eagle festival at Ulgii, Mongolia, March 10 at 2 p.m. at a cost of $12.
Calgary photographer Hans Berkhout’s exhibit Fragility of Nature, located in the municipal centre, features six of his black and white photographs.
Berkhout, whose photographs have been a part of Art in the Hall since January, said he approached the festival co-ordinator to see if his exhibition could be part of the province-wide festival.
The retired family doctor said he’s been taking photographs since he was 15 years old. Black and white has always been his preference.
“I don’t do any colour,” he said. “I mainly enjoy the grey scale. The subject may not even be of much interest but I look at the values of the different grains.”
Many of his photographs portray nature, with most taken in the Kananaskis.
“The landscape is a bit of an escape for me,” he said. “Wherever I go I have a camera with me. I’m not really hunting for anything. It’s trying to get away from the busy work I used to do and find some peace and quiet.”
In past years, Berkhout’s work has been on display in galleries in Calgary and Canmore.