Laura Berman & Brian Tyson – Ah! Arts and Heritage Centre of Warkworth
A Closer Look: Photographs In and Around Northumberland County
F, S & S 11 am to 4 pm
Saturday April 7
7 to 9 pm
My work centres on the natural world, particularly the animals and landscapes of Northumberland County. I explore ways of seeing and interpreting this world through the intersection of photography and painting. This convergence is a natural outgrowth of my early training as painter and more than twenty years as a landscape designer and photographer.
My edited photographs are strikingly different from the original image captured by the camera. By creating a synthesis of expressionistic painting and photographic realism, I am exploring my own creativity to go beyond the act of looking, into the realm of feeling in order to illuminate a more emotional nature of reality.
I have been photographing seriously for over 50 years. I studied Photographic Arts at Ryerson from 1971-73 and since then have worked as a freelance cameraman in motion pictures, film and television production. I have shot thousands of television shows - drama, variety, concerts, game shows, talk shows, sports, reality shows, awards shows - for every major North American TV Network; also commercials, documentaries & educational films, and corporate videos.
Still photography still remains a great love of my life, with the majority of my images in black and white, documentary in theme, architectural in particular.
Have you ever passed a building or architectural structure that caught your attention and wondered “what's in there?”. Since moving to Northumberland County in 2007 I have had this feeling many times. In a number of cases I have photographed the exteriors of buildings that caught my attention for their architectural detail and shape, historical significance, period look, environmental setting, or just plain weirdness. For this exhibit I have returned to some of the structures that have captured my interest, this time to take a 'closer look'; to find out about their past, their present, their uses then and now, and, this time, to photograph their interiors – to reveal the “what's in there”. After all, as the old saying goes, you can't always judge a book by its cover.