Images B4 – Bridgenorth Library
GARRY BARKER─STEVE BRITTAIN─RALPH COLLEY─JENNIE VERSTEEG
Once again our Bridgenorth Library exhibit brings you a wide range of images reflecting four diverse perspectives on the world.
For years, I had an on-again/off-again relationship with photography. While growing up, I remember my mother using a Kodak Brownie camera to record family activities. I am thankful that she took the time and effort to do so. Even when in my twenties and thirties I recorded my own family events, I didn’t really pursue photography to any extent.
In 2001 a chance meeting with a local photographer changed everything. He was knowledgeable, willing to pass on his knowledge, and offered me encouragement and assistance. We became friends and I still call upon him for advice. That meeting renewed my interest and brought back some wonderful memories.
I moved to digital photography in 2005 and currently print my own work. I enjoy most kinds of photography as I love colour, light and shadow and their interaction. I have always liked taking images where sunlight falls through a window and onto the subject or even scenes that are poorly lit. This is my fourth year exhibiting with SPARK and the focal point of this exhibit is a series of images involving window light or very little light.
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My photographic interests are diverse, include both colour and black and white, and are stimulated by my travels. I graduated from Humber College for Photography and have worked as a stills photographer in the television and catalogue industries, have been an AV technician in news and entertainment programming, and have produced a photo-documentary of the “Beaches” of Toronto. This will be my fourth SPARK exhibit at the Bridgenorth Library.
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I have been involved with photography for many years and have exhibited images throughout Peterborough and Lakefield. This is my fifth consecutive year exhibiting at SPARK. I have had images published with The United Church of Canada as well as with The Anglican Diocese of Toronto.
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SPARK year five already! What can I say that you don't know already? Nature continues to be my primary inspiration but, just to switch things up a bit, I will exhibit a somewhat greater range of subjects this year, including some still life and urban items. As usual, it is likely that some of my photographs will have a rather abstract quality.
Previously, I participated in group shows of the Kawartha Photographers Guild and the KCC and, before that, in various exhibits in the Rideau Lakes region. The SPARK Photo Festival, however, is special because of the greater audience feedback and the sense of community support. I hope you are as pleased as I am that SPARK, the Bridgenorth Library, and our four-person group are still going strong together and, as always, I look forward to seeing you all again.
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