Will Pearson – Light the SPARK Emerging Artist 2024

SPARK Photo Festival Signature Exhibit

Caution by Will Pearson


Will Pearson
Light the SPARK: Emerging Artist Exhibit

Website flickr.com/photos/181767142@N07

YMCA Balsillie Family Branch
123 Aylmer Street South
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Mon to Fri: 6 am to 9 pm
Sat & Sun: 7 am to 5:30 pm

SPARK Opening Reception and Juried Awards Ceremony
Sunday, April 7
2 pm to 4 pm
Space is limited. Click here to register on Eventbrite.

SPARK is grateful for funding support for the Emerging Artists Program and Exhibit from:
Bellwether Family Wealth – Weichel & Associates
Griffin’s Greenhouses
Pearle Vision Peterborough
Stoneguide Realty Ltd.

Thank you to:
our host venue YMCA Balsillie Family Branch



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Artist Statement

My love of photography reignited during the pandemic when I rediscovered the fun of film photography and darkroom printing. Relinquishing control to the unreliable mechanics of old cameras has made the creative process much more enjoyable and less stressful. When I’m using film, photography becomes less about measured control and perfect execution and more about discovery and surprise, which I think is a good way to be in the world.

I am still developing an aesthetic and a style, but I feel most drawn to photographing people as they go about their everyday lives. I am sad that we are all going to die, and I feel compelled to document through images the beautiful community I am fleetingly a part of.

My SPARK exhibit includes two digital photographs of local landmarks, the Parkhill Street Bridge and the North End Lottery Centre, which no longer exists. As well, the exhibit includes three film photographs. I developed the black and white ones at home and Peterborough Photo Service developed the colour one.

Artist Bio

Will Pearson lives, works and creates in Peterborough-Nogojiwanong. As the publisher and editor of the local news website Peterborough Currents, he strives to connect the community through journalism. For his creative work, he is teaching himself the principles and techniques of film photography and darkroom printing as a way to slow himself down and notice the world more.

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