The Artist’s Lens

Alberta Society Of Artists

The Alberta Society of Artists invited all Alberta photographers & artists to participate in the exhibition, The Artist’s Lens 2020, coinciding with the Exposure Photo Festival displayed at the Calgary Central Public Library.

Within the context of Exposure Festival, we stretched the rules, requesting submissions that related to either the purposeful concept of overexposure or the purposeful concept of underexposure. 

Cameron Young
Pinhole photograph

10″x10″

I photograph the landscape with a pinhole camera. My process is unhurried and deliberate.

Bathed in the quiet light, the stream flows, the trees sway, the waves lap and the clouds move. During the prolonged exposure of the pinhole camera this all blurs together to create a record of a moment in time.

© Cameron Young

Manikarnika Kanjilal
A Couple And A Hound, Whyte Avenue
12×16″
35mm colour film, Diana Mini

A Couple and a Hound, Whyte Ave is part of an ongoing series called Fragments. Fragments is a series of in-camera multiple exposures done with 35mm colour film and a toy camera that has very little in terms of control. The camera underexposes most scenes by default. The multiple exposures are intentionally overlapped in a way that require planning in terms of what I wanted to highlight. They process allows high degree of abstraction – sometimes unforeseen. The series is a collection of fragments of memories.

©Manikarnika Kanjilal

Kenneth Fung
Old And Beautiful

22×18″
Photograph

Standing tall. Forestall the forest with Sprawl. Grounded solid with a purposeful life. With no doubt at all.

© Kenneth Fung

Allie Bartlett
Homestead
16×20″
Silver Gelatin Print

I shot this photograph of an abandoned house with my Pentax KM on 35mm film. I chose to have it underexposed when I developed the print in order to reflect the difficulty I had seeing into the house. I wanted to highlight the exposed structure of the house, darkening what can be seen through the holes that were once windows and a roof to focus on the parts of the house that were never meant to be seen.

©Allie Bartlett

Gary Sinclair
Untitled #1
11×14″
Digital Photograph on photopaper

I took this black and white digital photograph through the steamy pane of our kitchen window. Although using a shallow depth of field and purposely over-exposing the background to focus on the water vapour condensed on the glass, the surprising effect was to create an ambiguous perspective. One moment the streaks appear as abstract ribbons of dark and light on the surface of a neutral field. The next moment, they reveal a partially obscured and out-of-focus, snowy backdrop of the view from our backyard.

©Gary Sinclair

Deborah Lougheed-Sinclair
Spirit Of The Mountain
12×18″
Digital fine art on photopaper

To me, the spirit of mountain peaks are best portrayed while shrouded in cloud and mist; momentarily peeking out from behind a mysterious veil. In this layered digital work, I have tried to enhance the visual and emotional effect of this fleeting moment by overexposure, so that its ethereal nature is revealed.

©Deborah Lougheed-Sinclair

David Harrison
AGO At Dundas
8×24″
Digital photo

Traffic congestion, traffic noise, reflection and distortion on Dundas in Toronto

©David Harrison

Gary D Sinclair
Early Snow
11×14″
Digital photo

Early snowfall presents fascinating opportunities for capturing interesting patterns in nature. Dried seed pods and plant stems from late fall now capped with fresh snow appear as striking silhouettes against a pure white backdrop. The viewer almost feels transported into a seemingly monochromatic, 2 dimensional world. In this photograph I have used overexposure of the fresh blanket of snow to enhance the flat lighting effect. When printed, these areas appear transparent. Colour and surface texture of the paper beneath are revealed, creating the desired minimalist effect.

© Gary D. Sinclair

Cameron Young
Quiet Light #33
10×10″
Pinhole Photograph

I photograph the landscape with a pinhole camera. My process is unhurried and deliberate.

Bathed in the quiet light, the stream flows, the trees sway, the waves lap and the clouds move. During the prolonged exposure of the pinhole camera this all blurs together to create a record of a moment in time.

© Cameron Young

Timothy Kozlik
Limelight
16×20″
Photography

This image takes into consideration how the world is seen by using exposure to offset the colour scheme of the photographic image. The prairie tones of the work interplay with the rust aspects of the old car, allowing for the effects of the low light to showcase the details of the car and showing how details do not need to be presented by only the use of level light exposure. The depth created by the foreground of the work helps to add light in the form of colour.

© Timothy Kozlik

Winnie Ho
Finding Waldo
28×20″
Digital print of mini images on film

“Finding Waldo” is a mosaic of over 100 mini digital images of manipulated photographs of self expression, arranged on a glossy film, creating a kaleidoscopic like effect. A metamorphosis of emotions are depicted, such as content, anger, anxiety, grief, fear, desire, appetite, passion, lust, and greed – they can all be found in this piece. Just spend a little time, and you will be surprised with what you find!

© Winnie Ho

George Webber
Red Deer River Valley #69, 2010
20×16″
B&W Silver Gelatin Photograph

My homage to the riparian zone of southern Alberta’s Red Deer River in all of its searing, feral luminosity

© George Webber

Deborah Lougheed-Sinclair
Traffic
12×18″
Digital fine art on photo paper

The pacific west coast beaches are home to a fascinating variety of species, many of whom live in the dynamic intertidal zone. Hidden under the sand, they are not obvious to me. But hints of their presence abound. Captured in this underexposed image are abstract patterns in the sand created by their seaward journey alongside footprints of those, like myself, who have come to enjoy the cool, salty air. This singular moment is but a snapshot in time, as all will disappear once again, as the approaching tide soon reaches the spot where I now stand.

© Deborah Lougheed-Sinclair

Kenneth Fung
Catching A Moment In Time
22×18″
Photograph

Capturing a moment. Time is the component. Would never be perfect. Seizing is the best bestowment.

© Kenneth Fung

Manikarnika Kanjilal
Pub
12×16″
35mm colour film, Diana Mini

Pub is part of an ongoing series called Fragments. Fragments is a series of in-camera multiple exposures done with 35mm colour film and a toy camera that has very little in terms of control. The camera underexposes most scenes by default. The multiple exposures are intentionally overlapped in a way that require planning in terms of what I wanted to highlight. They process allows high degree of abstraction – sometimes unforeseen. The series is a collection of fragments of memories.

© Manikarnika Kanjilal