Gary Mulcahey – Ah! Arts and Heritage Centre of Warkworth
Ah! Arts and Heritage Centre of Warkworth presents Farmer: Portraits of Family Farms in Northumberland County, a new body of work by photographer Gary Mulcahey. This work focuses on documenting the Canadian sub-culture of farmers on family-run farms. In this series of portraits, the subjects are photographed in their own environment, capturing them at time in Canadian history that is pivotal not only to their industry but also to their culture.
“Farmer: Portraits of Family Farms in Northumberland County”, explores the imprint of the worked landscape on the faces of the people that have stewarded the land for generations. This project is a significant shift both creatively and technically in Gary Mulcahey’s practice.
Gary Mulcahey is a full-time practicing photographer. His current professional focus is to build a body of work in documentary photography. His work since 2012 focuses on portrait photography in the field documenting people in their rural, remote and indigenous communities. The portraits aim to photographically and artistically place people in a physical as well as a social and historical context. The resulting images highlight the interaction of culture, industry, geography and lived community experience that is imprinted on their faces.
Gary’s work also intends to show the diversity of the subjects. In recent years he has pursued photographic projects in Honduras (Comayagua) and Peru (Amazon and Tributaries).
“What I hope my photographs show is that each person’s portrait has a story to tell and that story is unique within their larger culture and physical environment. My aesthetic objective is for the viewer or audience to first become conscious of the subject in the image rather than the photographic medium itself. I aim for the audience to see the person not the picture.”