Title: Camp Kawartha Environment Centre WILD
Outdoor Exhibit: daylight hours through April
Sat. April 4th: 12 - 2:30 pm
Sat. April 18th: 1 - 3:30 pm
WILD, Environment Centre, Camp Kawartha
We are a group of students (and a few mentors) working within the program WILD: Wildlife, Wild Places and WIld Issues at the Environment Centre at Camp Kawartha. We seek to explore how humans can benefit this wonderful planet on which we live. Part of this endeavour is to raise awareness of the many lives, small and large, animal and plant, which inhabit our landscape. We want to share that with you. We hope you’ll visit the Environment Centre, one of Canada’s leaders in environmental education, to walk through nature where our photos are exhibited. It is just off the Rail Trail at Trent University, and we encourage you to take your bike up to enjoy this beautiful place.
'What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us'.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Title: Nigel Dickson and Laura Berman Cultivarte
Wednesday to Saturday 11 am to 5 pm
Sunday 12 pm to 4 pm
Saturday April 4
3 to 5 pm
My work is an exploration of the interior and emotional life of animals. By creating an atmosphere of classically dramatic light and space to illuminate my subjects’ individuality and emotions, I offer the viewer the opportunity to recognize these animals as ‘some-one' not as 'some-thing'.
These emotive portraits bring together my love for both painting and photography, a natural outgrowth of my early training as painter and more than twenty years as a designer and photographer. Through innovative digital techniques I create images that reflect the way my mind and heart understand the scene more fully than with photography alone.
My work begins with the literal photograph. I then ‘digitally paint’ into it using a series of transparent overlays and digital brushwork to create an image with an emotional impact more real than the reality of a photographic recording.
Nigel Dickson: Apples & Pears 2020
I have always liked Victorian botanical illustrations and with this series I wanted to see if I could emulate that style photographically, using a mixture of lighting, ‘stacking’ in Photoshop and my secret ingredient: dulling spray.
After spending so much time with these apples & pears, I feel that they have their own personality.
Special thanks to Colin & Dianne Campbell (Campbell Orchards) for generously letting me raid their orchards in Prince Edward County last September & October
Title: Anita Erschen-Pappas Detour
Monday to Friday 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday 9 am – 5 pm
Saturday April 25
3 to 5 pm
The intersection between analog and digital photography provides me with a detour from technique, composition, and post-production, into new avenues. Sometimes a detour is presented with an opportunity to explore the road ahead that leads into another pathway.
With the use of film and digital cameras, I explore landscapes, nature and human interaction. Both literal and abstract approaches are part of the creative process. In recent years, I have also focused on events and portraiture.
I am thrilled to display a solo show for this year’s festival. This is my sixth SPARK exhibit (two solo shows at Pappas Billiards in Peterborough, and three group shows with the Peterborough Photographic Society). Other solo exhibits have also occurred in Peterborough.
Based in Peterborough, Ontario, Erschen-Pappas Photography will be launching this year, that will provide clients with services in portraiture, events, and other photographic projects.
Hope you enjoy the exhibit at Chasing the Cheese on Charlotte Street, downtown Peterborough.
Canada; it is a beautiful country that we all call home. I love the quietness and peacefulness of nature and the scenery that nature provides can be stunning. I've found in my travels be it day trips, train travel or driving to other provinces there are countless opportunities to capture landscape photos.
A scene, though, can change dramatically depending upon the weather so choosing the right time (if that is an option) is significant. Landscapes sometimes can be more impressive too with a bit of patience and leg work to achieve a viewpoint that isn't easily accessible.
Title: George Campana Circa: Genocide through a Critique on Photography
Mon - Sunday: 8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Reception: Friday, April 3, 7 pm
Artist’s Talk: Saturday, April 4, 3 - 5 pm
Circa: Genocide through a Critique on Photography
When the question: “Why didn’t you say something before?” came to me, it inspired these visual statements. One image of twelve is represented here.
Within the context of Truth and Reconciliation, I maintain that attempts at Reconciliation will be inefficacious unless the Truth is known. These images may, in a small way, expose some of that Truth.
The ‘Circa’ reference swiftly moves us to include today. Many of the Truths represented occurred in our own lifetime. The last residential school was closed in 1996. The Pass System was used from the late 1800s to WWII. The Coerced or Forced Sterilization remains a prevalent practice. The relentless attacks on First Nations by all levels of Government and/or Corporations (mining/energy) delineate the existent acumen to reduce Indigenous presence. The theft of lands or assumption of rights over lands, persist. Perhaps the most alarming of all is the MMIW crisis. The removal/disposal of Indigenous Women is their key to appropriation of the land. Hence the shocking number of unsolved murdered and missing cases.
The exhibit content will address the question above, as to “Why not before”.
"Wherever man has left his footprints in the long ascent from barbarism to civilization, we find the hoofprint of a horse beside it."
I've always had a passion for photography; capturing beautiful landscapes and memories from travels. I also have an intense passion for animals and try to communicate their beauty through my photography. My subjects are predominately horses ( it's no secret that horses are the most magnificent animal on earth...at least to the horse lover) with cats and cows a very close second.
I prefer photographing animals in their natural environment; presenting their own poses although this can present as a challenge at times, I admit, especially with horses. The end result can be quite effective. With horses, as with most animals one needs to learn flexibility as well as patience and creativity. This can mean low angle shots and getting down on your knees.
Title: The Group of Five
Tim Corner, John Prichard, Karen Prichard, Jane De Greef and Carolyn Maxwell
Mon - Fri: 12 pm - 7 pm
Sat: 12 pm - 5 pm
Sun: 12 pm - 5 pm
Tim Corner email@example.com
THE GROUP OF FIVE
Tim Corner, John Prichard, Karen Prichard, Jane De Greef, and Carolyn Maxwell are pleased to announce that our Spark Photo Festival Display will be at The Royal Gardens Retirement Residence in Peterborough this year.
The dictionary defines a photograph as a positive print, recorded by a camera and reproduced on a photosensitive surface. We tend to think of it as a recording of something we see that has the potential to be pleasing and make it better. Something we have not seen before and may never see again.
Our individual goals are to give ourselves that warm feeling that comes with doing something to the best of your abilities, while doing something we enjoy. We are not professionals, just five individuals who wish to share enjoyment with you and for you to see what you wish to see in each photograph on display. Think of the person who trudged through the deep snow to take a picture of a lone milkweed that has opened. Photographs are a way of returning your memories to you at a later date.
Photographers can tell you stories with each picture they display. Each participant here, although the subjects may vary, tend to have a passion for a special subject, it may be wildlife, flowers, landscapes, etc. We are pleased to present to you only some of the thousands of pictures we each have. In our view, they are some of our best (to our eyes), that we can offer you. We hope they are of interest and give you that warm feeling on a cold winter’s day, they gave to us taking them.
Thank You – The Group
Jim Babbage, Lens-Based Artist
I fell in love with photography nearly 4 decades ago, the summer before I started journalism school, when my father gave me his first 35mm camera as a graduation present. It was a simple camera; it didn’t even have a built-in light meter. I didn’t care; an entirely new world had just opened up in front of me.
After college, my passion to share knowledge and make photographs led me to long-lasting careers in those areas as both a college professor and creative professional. Several years into my professional photographic career, I opened Photoshop for the first time and once again, a new world opened up for me. I became immersed in the world of digital, and soon began designing for the web in addition to taking photographs, teaching and writing.
Photography is as much therapy for me as it is a creative outlet.
Theme – Through My Eyes
Photographer Freeman Patterson inspired me as a young photographer and continue to do so. His statement, “A camera always looks both ways,” from his book, Shadowlight has stayed with me all these years. And this show reflects that observation. A good portion of the work here is from the past 5 years photographing the Kawartha region, but I have also selected photographs from other places and times that tell a story – or – invite the viewer to create one.
To see more of my work or to contact me, snap the QR Code with your phone to take you to my website.
Title: Peter Hanmore
M to F 7:30 am to 11 pm
Sat 8:30 am to 11 pm
Sun 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday April 14
3 to 5 pm
A Little About Me...
I started in photography many decades ago while in high school, mostly black and white prints, processed at home in my father's darkroom, which was a great learning experience. I still have my old Olympus OM-2S that I used back in those days but it rarely gets pulled out any more. Digital cameras have been such a godsend to photography. Although I'm not from Peterborough, I've lived here for close to 20 years and love all the things that this area has to offer us. Living so close to the canal I have lots of opportunities to get out in my kayak for a paddle with my camera and have spent many hours photographing the wildlife I encounter on the water.
I enjoy the technical, science-y side of photography - especially lighting - but love the interactive, personal aspects even more. Being able to capture the emotions of an event, activity, personal moment or even the antics of the family pet (I have two adorable fox red labs you'll probably see around the website) is something I strive to deliver in my images.
My style could generally be described as slightly more photo-journalistic in the sense that I like to react to the situation and capture the events as they unfold, whether it's photographing a pet or the excitement of a wedding. Portraits are one area that I'm rather more traditional though. A well-lit, beautifully posed portrait is timeless and allows the photographer to show their subject(s) at their very best.
I'm pretty much a romantic at heart and weddings are the most romantic of occasions. I'll definitely capture the family photos that everyone looks back on years later but I also try to capture the raw emotions and personal moments that can make a memory that last forever.
In a totally different vein, I have to say that I have a lot of fun photographing pets - especially dogs. They become such a big part of our lives and no matter how bad your day was, they always greet you like you're the best thing that's ever happened to them. Sadly, our pets don't live as long as we do and I love being able to share a beautiful memory that can be cherished forever.
Title: Patricia Calder Wildlife Photographer
M to Sat 7 am to 2 pm
Sun 8 am to 2 pm
Wednesday April 17
4 to 6 pm
Meet the Photographer
Every Wednesday at Noon
I have loved photography since I first purchased a Brownie box camera at the age of 16. The play of light through the lens on land and water, the muscles of animals, and the feathers of birds entice me.
I am drawn from country roads to the sight of horses in green fields, birds in leafy bowers, or a red fox near her den.
In September I visited the Great Bear Rainforest in BC and came home with multiple images of Spirit Bears, black bears, and whales breaching. In October I drove into Yukon Territory to photograph landscapes studded with glacial rivers and lakes.
My past travels have taken me to Sable Island (home of the legendary feral horses), Newfoundland (especially Change Islands and Fogo, with the ponies and icebergs), Prince Edward Island (which I called home for 8 years), and Europe (where I rambled for 14 months in my youth).
I must acknowledge the role Northumberland Photo Club has played in my education with the camera and development of images in Lightroom. After a day of shooting, I spend many hours on the computer selecting images for refinement.
I invite you to peruse this collection and perhaps linger over a delicious meal served with care at the Monaghan Café.