Opening Reception December 9 from 6pm-9pm
Emergence is a group show that showcases photographers that are either new to the Dylan Ellis Gallery, or have new work. The artists will be competing for a spot in a four person two week gallery show at L’Espace Contemporain in April 2017. A best in show prize provided by Henrys will be chosen by the public.
Who or what inspires you
How do you see your work emerging
This is a difficult question for one who sees himself flaneuring through life. It suggests vision and conscientious planning. Oh, there is no doubt that I have general goals and may broadly map out direction, but once embarked on a journey I prefer to let my will take me where fancy chooses to explore or linger. Often an avenue will serendipitously appear and if I am sensitive to the possibilities, I will turn and wonder along this new and enchanting pathway.
My interest in photography began as an adjunct to travel. To experience is to revel in the glory of the world and photography is my way of celebrating. My goal is to encapsulate the magic I felt being in a place. Seldom am I in the right place at the right time; so through the exercise of my eyes and imagination I seek to convey the spirit of a scene. In the stillness of the night I will ponder the composition, seeking to “concentrate it’s essence” and in doing so, relive the experience. I welcome liberation from the darkroom and the possibilities of modern computer photo editing tools. Seeing an image emerge from an ink jet printer is still as amazing to me watching shape and tone appear on blank paper in a tank of developer solution.
On this journey, there are 3 paths I venture along – increasing my skills in photo editing tools, clarifying the focus of subjects that appeal to me and developing a compelling approach to treating that subject matter – architecture, statuary, the interface of works of Man and Nature, reflections in glass, in the glistening components of cars and in water – and finally, exploration of technique and abstraction such as image reversal, as exemplified by my images in this show and camera manipulation.
An avid amateur photographer for over 35 years. John Wallace has been a long time member of the Beach Photo Club, serving as Exhibition Coordinator, Program Chair, Membership Coordinator and President. His images have won many awards and he has participated in numerous group exhibitions. He is one of the original members of the F8 Photography Collective In recent years not only were his images included in the Aids Committee of Toronto’s Snap Silent Auction, but he has also been a judge and volunteer assistant.
Where do you want your work next
Just as when I set out on my walks through Toronto’s parks and ravines, I don’t have a pre-conceived destination for my art. I am inspired by the ever-evolving world around us and want to continue capturing its many complex stories in images that portray an altered, dynamic experience. The thrill, for me, is always to take the less-travelled path, to push my limits and to see the world’s evolving realities.
The walks and the art, however, are solitary. So, I am excited to share my work in this upcoming show and to have an opportunity to bring these perspectives forward, to elicit responses and to stimulate conversation.
I’m looking forward to December show, and seeing where this experience will lead me and my art.
Alan was born and raised in Ottawa. In the ‘70’s, he moved south to the Toronto area to pursue his dream of becoming a photographer.
For over 40 years now, Alan has been a “tourist” of sorts, exploring his environment with his camera — first as a student at Sheridan, then as a wedding photographer and by the mid-seventies as a newspaper photojournalist. Now, as a fine art photographer, Alan creates interpretative imagery, exploring and redefining the reality of his environment.
As photography evolved, Alan embraced changes in technology, including using photo-editing techniques to enhance and animate his art. In the early ‘90’s, Alan moved from photojournalism to become an imaging technician at The Toronto Star where he specialized in post-production work. He later became an artist and designer in the paper’s creative department. Since 2005, Alan has been pursuing a more personal vision of photography, using altered, fragmented images to discover new perspectives and evoke alternative realities.
When Alan is not busy working on his art, he dedicates much of his spare time and photographic skills to doing volunteer work for a number of Toronto-area charities that, through music and the arts, enrich the lives of children facing personal and life challenges.