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Quiet Light

Pinhole Camera Photography Exhibition


Cameron Young


Exhibition Dates

February 1 – 28, 2024


Calgary Central Library

North End – Level 1 – Gallery Space

800 3 St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2E7


The Alberta Society of Artists is pleased to present the solo exhibition “Quiet Light” featuring the work of Alberta artist Cameron Young.

The exhibition runs February 1-29, 2024, at the Calgary Public Library, 800 3 St. SE, Calgary, Alberta. 

I photograph the landscape with a pinhole camera. The process is unhurried and contemplative. Surrounded by the quiet light, I record the scene before me. 

The pinhole camera’s tiny, fixed aperture creates a soft infinite focal plane, a canvas. The minuscule amount of light entering the camera requires a lengthy exposure that pushes the images into the terrain between landscape and dreamscape. The wind blows, the clouds move, the earth turns – each image is a living record of a moment in time. 

Its allure is in its very simplicity, a box with a tiny hole in it creating an image. No lens, no viewfinder, no shutter. It is a purely optical phenomenon, unadorned by modern technology. 

I uncover the pinhole and the film receives the image, one I cannot see, slowly and silently recording the scene as I will remember it, not as it actually was. It the camera sees with the odd clarity of dreams or memory. 

These are my attempts to capture the feeling of stillness and tranquility that reside in the quiet wilderness landscape. These photographs, like memories, are sometimes sharply detailed and at other times vague.


– Cameron Young

The Artists

Cameron Young is a Calgary-based photographer whose artistic practice focuses on lens-less photography and alternative photographic processes. Learn more about Young’s various photographic processes on his website’s blog linked below:

About the Land

Quiet Light features work centred on the inner city/downtown and is on display in the same area of Mohkinstsis (Calgary).

The Alberta Society of Artists (ASA) acknowledges that what we call Alberta, where our organization has found its’ home, is the traditional and ancestral territory of many peoples, presently subject to Treaties 6, 7, and 8. Namely: the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) Confederacy (Kainai, Piikani, and Siksika), the Nehiyawak (Cree), Dene Tha’ (Slavey), Dane-zaa (Beaver), Denesuliné (Chipewyan), Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, Iyarhe Nakoda (Stoney) (Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley), and the Tsuu T’ina Nation and the Métis People of Alberta. This includes the Métis Settlements and the Six Regions of the Métis Nation of Alberta within the historical Northwest Metis Homeland.

The Calgary Public Libary with gratitude, mutual respect, and reciprocity, we acknowledge the ancestral home, culture, and oral teachings of the Treaty 7 signatories which includes; the Siksika (Six-ih-gah) Nation, Piikani (Be-gun-nee) Nation, Kainai (Gaa-nah) Nation, the Îethka Stoney Nakoda (Ee-iith-kah Stow-nee Nah-koh-duh) Nation, consisting of the Chiniki (Chin-ih-key), Bearspaw (Bears-paw), and Good Stoney (Good Stow-nee) Bands, and the people of the Tsuut’ina (Sue-tin-ah), Nation. We also recognize the Métis (May-tea) people of Alberta Region 3, who call Treaty 7 their home. See and hear the Library’s Land Acknowledgement on their website.

Are you interested in learning more about the First Peoples of Alberta?

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