Tim Bellhouse – Kawartha Art Gallery 2020
I am a self-taught photographer and have been making photographs since 1970. After graduating high school in Lindsay, I went on to a B.Sc. degree from the University of Guelph and an M.Sc. degree from Laurentian University in Sudbury. I retired in 2012 after 35 years as a biologist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. My work with OMNR took me from the shores of Lake Ontario to the coast of James Bay and points in between and has been an inspiration in my photography.
My passion in photography is focused on capturing the subtle details of the world that surrounds me. Through my photographs I hope to express a mood, convey a message and most of all, to lead the viewer to take a closer look at the world in which they live. There is subtle beauty close to us all, if we just take the time to stop and look at what surrounds us.
We are the stewards of the world we live in and future generations will inherit what we pass on to them. It is my hope through my photographs to raise the viewer’s awareness of the world that surrounds them and in so doing inspire in them a greater appreciation for all they see and experience.
Wikipedia provides the following definition of the term monochrome:
“Of an image, the term monochrome is usually taken to mean the same as black and white or, more likely, greyscale, but may also be used to refer to other combinations containing only tones of a single color, such as green-and-white or green-and-red. It may also refer to sepia displaying tones from light tan to dark brown or cyanotype ("blueprint") images, and early photographic methods such as daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes, each of which may be used to produce a monochromatic image.
Rather than relying on colour, black and white images use lines, shapes, patterns, the contrast between light and dark, and sometimes just the viewer’s own imagination to tell their story. The colour images in this collection lack bold colours and rely on the same types of features as the truly black and white images to tell their stories.