Thirty individual works will be chosen from all works submitted by a panel of qualified and experienced judges using a blind judging process. The judges know neither the name of the photographer or the title of the photograph. Student registrants will be judged alongside their adult peers.
Exhibit curators will not be involved in the judging other than as facilitators for the judging process.
Each selected work will be prepared by the SPARK juried exhibit curators to be an exhibit-ready work. This is to insure consistent print quality and consistent print size. Standardizing the image size as well as the presentation materials is meant to insure images will be judged on their inherent quality rather than on any other factor.
Exhibit curators will decide on exhibit presentation details (framing materials, hanging position, venue, etc.)
Awards will be presented to exhibiting photographers in the following categories:
Thomas died at Vimy; John survived the war. (PMA, Balsillie Collection of Roy Studio Images 2000-012-011647-2)
Red Cross volunteers in Peterborough produced some 50,000 pairs of socks which were sent off to the front. (PMA, Balsillie Collection of Roy Studio Images 2000-012-003771-1)
Presumably they helped re-elect PM Borden so that conscription would be enforced. (Collections Canada, Mikan 3623046)
died of shrapnel wounds at a Passchendaele Casualty Clearing Station, 3 November 1917. (PMA, Balsillie Collection of Roy Studio Images 2000-012-01481-1)
drafted after Borden’s 1917 re-election, despite food shortages here and earlier Borden promises to exempt farm labour. (PMA, Balsillie Collection of Roy Studio Images 2000-012-002752-1)
born in Massachusetts, farmed in Millbrook, parents on Bolivar St; died on Vimy Ridge, 9th April 1917. (PMA, Balsillie Collection of Roy Studio Images 2000-012-014823-1)
(Collections Canada, Mikan 3522379)
SPARK Showcase Exhibit
The Loss of Innocence, The Birth of A Nation: Remembering 1917 and the Great War 1914 – 1918
A SPARK Showcase Exhibit drawn from the collections of the Peterborough Museum & Archives
Peterborough Public Library, Peterborough Square, Lower Level
360 George St N
(705) 745 5382
M to Th 10 am to 8 pm
F & Sat 10 am to 5 pm
Sun 2 pm to 5 pm
Closed Easter Weekend Fri April 14 through Mon April 17
In 2017, Canadians everywhere will mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation. It will also be a time to remember another occasion of national pride and nation building, the 100th anniversary of significant World War 1 battles, most notably those at Vimy Ridge (9-12 April 1917) and Passchendaele. While Canadian leadership and tenacity played a key role right through to the 11 November 1918 armistice and beyond, it was success at Vimy in 1917 that marked a coming-of-age in terms both of Canadian self-awareness and the respect it earned from others.
Canada was drawn into WW1 simply because it was a British dominion when the “mother country” declared war in August 1914. However, when the war was over Canada sat at the table with the big powers when the Treaty of Versailles was signed in June 1919. Canada had paid a high price for this. At the end of the war, total casualties stood at 67,000 killed and 250,000 wounded, out of an expeditionary force of 620,000 people mobilized. To this, of course, we could add the 9,000 casualties of the December 1917 munitions explosion in Halifax. Even the casualties of Peterborough’s Quaker explosion of 1916 should be tallied, because they resulted from efforts to squeeze out more war-time production. Throughout the entire 1914-1919 period, men and women from Peterborough and the Peterborough area did their part—from the first enlisters in 1914, to those who died in Germany, England and elsewhere while waiting for demobilization in 1919, to those who suffered for the rest of their post-war lives.
Though the course of history has since shown that WW1 was a misguided and short-sighted struggle, the recognition it earned for Canada and for Canadians has been of lasting value. This SPARK Showcase Exhibit seeks to pay tribute
to the many thousands of innocent Canadians soldiers, nurses, and others on the home front as well as abroad–whose sacrifices made this possible. Through the use of Roy Studio and other portraits, the exhibit emphasizes the roles played and hardships faced by these individuals, in particular ones from our own community and region.
An overview of the war period as a whole will provide context. However, this exhibit does not dwell on the causes of war, or the detailed ebb and flow of fighting, or on the specifics of weapons development, or military tactics—all subjects dear to some hearts. Individual people from this area and elsewhere, especially the ordinary ones, provide much of the focus. The 1917 events are disproportionately represented, but this SPARK Showcase is meant to honour all those who participated and sacrificed during the Great War.
The exhibit draws heavily on materials of the Peterborough Museum and Archives (PMA), especially the Balsillie Collection of Roy Studio Images. This year again, SPARK is pleased to be using historical images. By supporting the digitization of archival materials, we once more are doing just a bit toward preserving Peterborough’s past and making it more accessible. The Showcase Committee appreciates the efforts of PMA archivist Mary Charles in locating and arranging for the scanning of Roy Studio glass-plate negatives. Some of the 100-year old images have held up better than others, but all are a window into the past and into the world of the WW1 participants.
To provide the broader context, the exhibit uses official war photographs from Library and Archives Canada, the Canadian War Museum, and Veterans Affairs Canada, which are now in the public domain. Other materials come, for example, from the Trent Valley Archives as well as other sources. Generally the contextual photos are smaller in size, so that the portraits are placed in a framework but not overshadowed.
The SPARK Showcase Committee would like to emphasize that this exhibit is not meant to be exhaustive, but aims to be a lead-up to more comprehensive and diverse explorations that we expect others will undertake in 2018, the anniversary of the war’s conclusion. We hope that exhibit visitors will draw on our materials and research hints and will themselves examine other, more detailed aspects of WW1. In this way, they too can acknowledge Canada’s transition from innocence to nationhood.
Exhibit Curated by the SPARK Showcase Exhibit Committee:
With Special Thanks To LLF Lawyers
The SPARK EMERGING PHOTOGRAPHERS(s) EXHIBIT will feature a group of photographers with roots in the Peterborough community — PCVS alumni who attended the historic downtown school and those who studied at the new location of the Arts Program at Thomas A. Stewart. Photography, that has piqued their interest since high school, whether it be film or digital, career based, or strictly recreational, will be showcased. This year’s exhibit aims to recognize local student graduates, their continued interest in the medium, and the lasting influence and inspiration of the teachers of this area’s Integrated Arts Program.
Erin Burke is currently studying visual arts at the University of Victoria. Long time rugby enthusiast, her ambition is to enhance youths' lives through both art and physical activity. New to SPARK, she hopes to gain experience in the arts community in her hometown.
Bio: Patrick Stephen is currently completing an undergraduate degree in architectural design at the University of Waterloo. He is the owner and operator of “Stephen Digital”, creating commercial photography and films for businesses. Patrick’s work ranges from the studio and still-life to landscapes and architecture. In late 2015, his work was exhibited as part of the Peterborough Historic YMCA Photo Contest. In past years, his work has also been selected to be among finalists in the Spark Photo Festival Juried Exhibit.
Julie Douglas is a photo-based artist based in Peterborough, Ontario. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Art in Photography at OCAD University in 2014, and previously studied Photo Arts at the Haliburton School of The Arts. The subject of Douglas’ work focuses on the beauty found in often overlooked or off-limits areas, and examining the ephemeral and transient nature of these spaces. She looks to share the stories and anecdotes of lives past through her photography, and to document the ever-changing landscape. She has exhibited her work as part of the 30 Under 30 show at the John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto, RMG Exposed at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, among many others.
Kate Fearnall is a Graphic Designer at Lululemon and Freelance Photographer who grew up in the land of the Great Lakes and now resides in Vancouver, British Columbia. After graduating from the PCVS Integrated Arts Program in Visual Arts, Kate moved coast to coast, pursuing her academic studies at four Art and Design Universities across North America. In 2014, she participated in an exchange study at the Maryland Institute College of Art and fell in love with film photography and letterpress all over again. Much of Kate’s work reflects her love for travel and the great outdoors. Kate’s photographs have been featured in multiple outdoor companies such as Sanborn Canoe, Norquay Co, and Forest and Waves.
+ The OVEREXPOSED EXHIBIT
Current photography from city-wide secondary school students will also be shown at PACE @ PCVS. SPARK is partnering with local teachers to provide students with an exhibit venue in which to exhibit their work in public, and receive recognition for their thoughts, insights and unique points of view. On opening night, work submitted to the juried student exhibit will be judged for prizes. The photo above, by Lauren Kenzora from TASS, won first place in the 2017 SPARK Poster Contest and is an example of current student photography.
My theme is Nature’s Pure Beauty for one simple reason: It’s the most literal yet honest name to reflect my environment. Beauty is all around me in some way shape, or form almost every day. Nearly every time I grab my camera and head out the door I can see examples immediately present, be they birds, bugs, flowers or otherwise. Even in winter, a season I personally have no use for, the world around me can seemingly transform in beautiful ways. Everything you will see here was taken at my home, a place truly in the country where nature can thrive and shine. Were it not for that environment I wouldn’t even have these pictures. So while this is a direct ode to nature it’s also an ode to the world directly around me. In each shot I did my best to do justice to that beauty. In each picture’s name I highlighted the positive traits I could see, both for the subject itself, and as a reflection of nature’s contribution. Those contributions ranged from adapting a creature to survive all the way to how two can care for one another in an unforgiving world. Though nature isn’t limited to just those contributions these examples are my way of appreciating them in the purest form: unaltered RAW photography. You read right, everything you’re seeing is real, no Photoshop, no filters, no fakery, just pure beauty captured straight from nature itself and displayed for your viewing pleasure. I’d like to maintain this as the theme of my specific exhibit.
With my work I try to convey the idea that great imagery depends on the photographer’s skills behind the camera, not what skill they have as an editor. I’m always thinking about and question whether I’ve done justice to the subject(s) of my images, but I do my best regardless. With all my imagery I try to communicate to my audience the simple yet ignored idea that everything and everyone is perfect as nature made them. Animals/landscapes don’t hide behind makeup and false faces. Hence why I feel they’re the best models. I find using directly exported JPEGS printed to glossy paper as a medium helps convey these ideas because it maintains my no editing stance while naturally reflecting the colours that make the subjects pop. I create my work primarily for my own enjoyment as a passion and hobby. My motivation is as always to better myself and my artistic style with practice.
I am a hobbyist photographer and have been since 2010. I’ve always had my love of photography but it didn’t really evolve into a major part of my life until I took a GNED course as part of my college semester called Digital Imagery which opened my mind to the wonder of DSLRs. Before that I was your average digital shooter with a little compact camera and a phone. When it came time for the course I trained on my dad's Nikon D50 and got my first DSLR - the D7100 in late 2013. I primarily shoot subjects such as flowers and birds, but will shoot anything that happens to interest me at the time. I prefer shooting macro though I’ve no aversion to shooting portraiture or anything else at this time. I just enjoy shooting overall, the subject itself is secondary to the experience of photography itself, and my efforts to do said subject justice.
Look at Things Differently
M to Th 7:30 am to 9 pm
F 7:30 am to 10 pm
Sat 8:30 am to 10 pm
Sun 9 am to 5 pm
Students first work with a cardboard box, making a pinhole image (oddly, not being able to see through the lens at all!). What emerges is a surprise, an initial realization of their search for interesting subjects full of contrast and natural design.
Subsequently, upon experiencing reality through the viewfinder of a 35mm camera, they navigate their way through a world of image and sensation, gaining greater autonomy and more fully informed control over the final photographic product.
Look at Things Differently suggests the notion of going on an adventure, a discovery of the world, a searching out of the extraordinary in the ordinary, arriving at a place, coming out on the other side with newly discovered vision, experience and confidence.
Ultimately, students emerge from the film photography class having observed, absorbed and processed the potential unconventional beauty of a street corner, an abandoned yard or a secluded figure with a newfound understanding of the form, content and significance of the everyday.
TASS Digital Photography
M to Th 7:30 am to 9 pm
F 7:30 am to 10 pm
Sat 8:30 am to 10 pm
Sun 9 am to 5 pm
Photography is about capturing a moment or telling a story. It’s a way to express yourself or provoke emotions in others. In the Grade 11 Digital Photography program at Thomas A. Stewart, the students learn the technical aspects of taking photographs, then combine their skills with the elements of design to create a variety of interesting and appealing images.
If you really knew me you’d know…
M to F 8 am to 4:30 pm
S & S 10 am to 2 pm
“If you really knew me you’d know that...”
It seems that after 4 1/2 years some people still don’t know very much about us here at PACE (Peterborough Alternative and Continuing Education). This photography project aims to acquaint people with who we are and all the amazing things that happen here. The photos included in this exhibition will be humorous, touching, surprising, and authentic - a glimpse into our lives - as curated by the visual art students. We invite you to come and visit this warm and welcoming place and find out for yourself what we are all about.
Here are some facts:
We have grown consistently since the opening of PACE@Peterborough Collegiate on September 10th, 2012. We offer a day school program as well as Adult Correspondence and E-learning through Continuing Education. We welcome more than 350 students in our day school alone. We serve people interested in completing their high school diploma or those who are looking to upgrade for employment, post-secondary or apprenticeship purposes.
Here’s a sample of what we offer:
For more information please contact our office at (705) 745 9833
Though we’d both had cameras as kids, both of our interests in photography grew from taking Communications Tech classes in high school. We learned the same lessons in composition, progress and editing, but from there developed very different styles and approaches to our photography. One likes to control her shots and set up detailed, creative shoots; the other prefers to capture scenes as they are and pick out their details. We often shoot at the same places, both at home and around the world, and always come away with completely different images. However, we still learn from each other, swapping techniques and equipment and ideas when it comes to shoots. Many people say that siblings don’t see eye to eye, and this is certainly true for us; however, our differences lead to creativity rather than conflict. Have a look and see for yourself.
I have a photographic ‘day job’: I’m the official photographer for the University of Ottawa’s Quidditch teams. While sports and event photography has its own perks and challenges, I always enjoy stepping back to my original love of nature photography and portraiture. I’d already taken a digital tech course in high school, but a school visit from the incredible Peterborough photographer Jennifer Moher made a lasting impression on me. My interest took off and I got my first real camera that Christmas, which has since traveled with me everywhere from Ottawa to Italy. When I shoot something, what I often end up with is a kind of jigsaw puzzle made up of the individual details of what I am looking at; I’ve ended up with hundreds of pictures of individual flowers from a flowerbed, or two dozen pictures of a person’s hands before one of their face. It’s a huge change from sports photography, where I have to move quickly and capture as much in one shot as I can. The chance to slow down and focus on the little or surprising things in a scene has led to some of my best work. And while this may not be the best strategy, I often rely on luck to capture something beautiful or unexpected, and while I’ve experience a lot of failure this way, I’ve also had some pretty amazing successes.
The first camera I ever got was a tiny little point and shooter, and the only thing I ever took pictures of were toilets. My vision since then has changed significantly. I first started shooting seriously in 2014, in a Communication technology course at school. My teacher thrust a Nikon in to my hands and said “Learn what you can, research what you don’t know.” I didn’t listen to him and I just started shooting. I let my eye tell me what to look at and how to look at it, and suddenly I could see pictures in my head that I knew I had to take. I took just about every kind of picture you could imagine: Portraits, landscapes, you name it. I fiddled with so many different settings that I didn’t even know about, but I got them to work in my favour. Eventually, I would end up with shots that made me proud. I got my own Nikon D3100 and was so excited to take it on a camping trip. The idea of taking photos of fireflies was the only thing on my mind. I still refused to research anything and just went by my gut, and because of that, I almost stopped shooting. When I got home and checked all the pictures I had taken, every single one was blurry. I was distraught. The images I had seen and thought I had captured hadn’t turned out at all. This was when I discovered the difference between auto and manual focus. Since then, I’ve delved deeper in to more controlled shoots, using random objects to give life to images in my head. I’ve used shattered mirrors, fabric flowers set on fire, old jars broken and rearranged, and so much more. Anything I see in my mind, I try to find a way to express it through this beautiful art form. I’m so lucky to share it with as many people as I have.
Nancy Westaway is a retired professional photographer who established two businesses in Toronto. Nancy and her husband have recently moved to Peterborough.