Heather Doughty – Studio 5 2024

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Heather Doughty - Ontario Society of Artists
 - Intentionally Vermeer

Studio 5
Commerce Building
129 1/2 Hunter Street West
Phone 705-957-0808

Tues, Wed: 11 am - 1:00 pm
Sun, Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat: Closed

Heather Doughty
Phone 705-957-0808
Email heatherdoughtyphotography@gmail.com
Website www.heatherdoughtyphotography.com
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Intentionally Vermeer
Heather Doughty - Ontario Society of Artists

Artist Statement

Johannes Vermeer was a famous painter known for his use of light and a voyeuristic viewpoint in his artwork. I wanted to create photographs that resembled his style, so I took on a project to explore painting with light techniques.

I chose to shoot in a historic village with historical interpreters as my subjects. By capturing the setting and the people in a painterly way, I aimed to create fine art photography that evoked the feeling of being in a Vermeer painting.

During this project, I focused on capturing the decisive moment when the light was just right and the scene came together perfectly. By experimenting with different lighting techniques and angles, I was able to achieve the look I was going for.

Overall, this project was a challenging but rewarding experience that allowed me to push myself creatively and create images that truly captured the essence of Vermeer's work.

Artist Bio

Heather grew up as an only child living in a rural area. To escape the loneliness of that lifestyle she created imaginary worlds filled with strange and fascinating characters. She was given her first camera by her father at the age of five and was immediately captivated by this new world that existed within the photos. With the sudden loss of her father at the age of 10, the child Heather turned to family photos of her father to return to moments of time that they shared together and help her process through her loss. The power of a photographic image to create a window into a world where the viewer could experience emotion and relive memories ultimately became the driving force in her creativity.

Heather’s process today is heavily influenced in the use of light by the Dutch Masters; Rembrandt and Vermeer, as well as the work of photographic storytelling pioneers Henri Cartier-Bresson, Saul Leiter, and Sam Abell. Heather employs a voyeuristic perspective of the decisive moment, painted with light and shadow to craft multi-layered, storytelling images. Her deeply personal works that often use humans as the main character range from singular commentaries on social issues to stolen moments of time infused with her trademark quirky humour. Heather pushes herself to create painterly photographs; enjoying the reaction of viewers who cannot decide whether they are viewing a realism painting or a photograph.

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