Randall Romano – Peterborough Public Library 2021
Randall Romano Exhibition
This series of photographs documents a unique limestone landscape, known as a Karst. This local landform provided a multitude of subject matter incorporating the shapes, colours and patterns of the limestone rocks, the kettle formations, numerous fissures (cracks in the rocks), small caves, tall White Cedar trees (Thuja occidentalis) and unique mosses, algae and ferns. The White Cedar trees dominate this environment amongst the rocky karst terrain, growing straight and tall within the shallow limestone soil.
A Karst landform is a rocky-dominated topography found in specific locales throughout the world and is characterized by an outcropping of limestone rock (also known as chalk or calcium carbonate). Karst is associated with a variety of underground caves, porous underground fissures, and landforms called rockmills or kettles, sinkholes and underground streams. Kettles, including those smaller ones found in the local Karst I documented, are swirled holes in the limestone rock that have been created by harder granite rocks being pushed by the fast flowing water of a large river. In the Kawarthas this river was called the Kirkfield Outlet, which was a fast flowing prehistoric river linking two ancient lakes called Lake Algonquin to the north and Lake Iroquois to the south. Both of these lakes were the result of melting and receding glaciers.
The Karst landform depicted in this series of photographs is the best representative of this unique landform in the Kawarthas. It gained my attention because it is a quiet and peaceful place to commute with nature. The small ravine backing onto a river shelters you from the natural elements and is a protected place of solace. A multitude of photographic possibilities exist, as the rocks protruding out of the ground act as a giant puzzle to be solved and ordered in the camera. Each of my many visits to the Karst brought new possibilities, as even the slightest change in angle revealed potential new photographs. Knowing a location well by many visits over time reveals much to the photographer and generally results in better photographs.
Randall Romano Spark Exhibition
Photography represents much more than just exploring the world. It is the ability to capture a moment of time, to rip a unique page from the book of life that intrigues me. Photographs, at their best tell a story or reveal a penetrating statement, not only through an individual picture but also through groups of photographs. The camera provides a realistic means to document and freeze a passing juncture, perhaps capturing an important instant, a blink of vision that without the camera would be gone forever. The simple act of making a photograph encourages the photographer to stop and carefully look at the complexity of life. This uncomplicated act opens up details of the world lost to others. At its true essence, the camera is a persistent companion documenting a unique view of the world and travelling along through our life journeys.
The techniques I use to capture these moments of life and narratives are not based on technological prowess, because the camera is first and foremost a tool to be harnessed and not worshipped. The photographs created largely reflect and document the real world, a contemplation of things as they are in an eyewitness account. Photographic technology is only a means to capture this reality. The ultimate success of the process is the strength and validity of the final product and the need it creates in the viewer to linger and explore.