Everyone is cordially invited to the opening reception of my exhibition, June 24, 4 to 6 p.m. The opening will be followed by a dinner prepared by chef Hubertus Surm.
(Reservations for dinner: 250-539-5177)
The exhibition at the Saturna Café goes to August 2, 2017.
“Narrative is anchored in the passage of time. A story unfolds in the tension between a beginning and an end. Singly and in juxtaposition, these photographs by Andrée Fredette are replete with stories. An image of a seemingly deserted Mayne Queen is paired with a photograph of a ghostly Saturna, producing a tinge of anxiety and uncertainty. Again, an empty path in the forest tells a tale of fear and disquiet. Further, the infinitely small (feathers) and the infinitely vast (the awesome sky) are conjured up. There are no figures in these photographs despite the great variety of subject matter. An irony resides in these works: it is suggested that they evoke the passage of time, yet photography congeals duration. This irony adds a layer of complexity — a dialectical interplay — to our experience of these artworks: we move from duration to time’s suspension and back again. Also, some of these works underline the materiality of the photographic medium, a salutary move in the era of digital media. Meditation portrays an ethereal, almost monochromatic sky — the surface of the photograph is underlined. Also, grains of sand and the grain of the photographic object conjoin in a literal manner. There is a hint of nostalgia in all these works: the backing in aluminum recalls photography’s metallurgic substrate —silver—and the quasi alchemical nature of work in the darkroom, a process which has almost been entirely eclipsed by digital technologies.”
— Jean-François Renaud
Above: a macro shot of laurel leaves, drying in a glass on my kitchen windowsill. With a little filter play, to turn it into a jazzy photo.
After three days of rain and high winds, things are finally starting to calm down. This morning, I played with my food and got a few very close shots of kitchen items.
Here they are, in their glory…
One of the last Brandywine tomatoes from my garden… treated to a little filter play. I love those curves! A tomato with attitude…
Another angle of the laurel leaves, drying on the window sill. It is too much fun, playing with the light and contrast.
So much fun, in fact, that here is one more:
And finally, not quite food, but a jewel-like piece of natural beauty:
And now, I return to my garden, to right the pots that were knocked over by the wind, and pick up the debris…
Above: “Waiting”, photos taken in Sidney, BC. While killing time before catching the afternoon ferry, I experimented with in-camera double exposure. Double exposure is getting your camera to take two pictures one on top of the other. Fun game!
After a lengthy interlude, during which I explored the great outdoors and collected a lot of material to play with, here I am… back at the computer with my pictures. Ready to share.
Aboard the Mayne Queen ferry, a venerable member (built in 1964) of the BC Ferries fleet, on the way home.
These photos are in-camera double exposures. Take two pictures in a row, and the camera superimposes them automatically. The result is very interesting. Like opening a gift-wrapped item: a surprise!
Another reason to get out there and play… Very dreamy results.
Today, I celebrate spring and mid-week with a trio of flowers.
First, a local wildflower, the fawn lily.
Then, a local garden flower, the echinacea. With visitors.
And finally, something very tropical, from a greenhouse.
Winter is the time to take a painterly approach to photography. And by painterly, I mean playing with some filters and special effects.
Winter is the time to look at the sky… Especially in the late afternoon, when the light can be magical.
Above, an aerial view of the Southern Gulf Islands, toward the west, at sunset.
And last week, traces of snow marked the goat paths at the top of Warbuton Pike, on Saturna Island.
When it’s time to leave the island, you take one final look from the back of the ferry…
That silhouette is unmistakably Saturna Island’s double bump.
This final picture is a repeat of the header (for those who are looking at this page on a small device, which may not show the header). Clouds reflected in the sandy shallows…