Narrative I | January 14 – February 29 2016 | Opening January 28 6pm-9pm
Bob Carnie is a Toronto-based photographer with an international reputation for printing traditional and digital fine art for acclaimed photographers, galleries and museums. Being most in his element while working in the darkroom, Carnie maintains a hands-on approach that fuels his passion for photography.
Since graduating from the Fanshawe College photography program in 1976, Bob has worked as a photographic printer. Throughout his professional career he has printed for a wide variety of clients, including printing personal portfolios, private collections, gallery exhibitions and museum installations.
Bob has always had a passion for working with photographers’ images and is dedicated to articulating the photographer’s vision through his printing and presenting it in the best light.
Bob is also the owner of The Dylan Ellis Gallery, which has housed the portfolios of many serious photography artists, many of whom he has worked with over the last twenty plus years.
‘Consumption’ is a project based on discarded, or throw-away items; consumed items that have kept us occupied for periods of our lives only to be ultimately forgotten. In this photographic essay, Bob has focused on photographing simple objects; possessions that we all at one time may have used, owned or consumed.
These are the objects of our time, Bob’s lifetime, that have defined us. By preserving these objects in permanent print, Bob aspires to give future generations a glimpse into the needs of our time, thereby allowing those coming after us to have a point of reference for all that will inevitably change.
This series of images was captured with large film cameras and then taken into the darkroom. There, through the use of the solarization print and film process, the images were converted to these representations. Following the solarization process the prints were toned to give an added layer of depth. In some cases, the negative was scanned and separation negatives were produced over which pigment was applied overtop a palladium print, to create unique permanent colour and toned photographic prints.
Bob’s use of the solarization process throughout this photographic essay is a way of glorifying these objects. This process has allowed him to create singular ‘Hero’ pieces that elevate these objects to a level of significance, while also deliberately gently disguising them, thereby inviting the viewer to subconsciously engage deeper with them, in order to identify what they are viewing