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Miguel Exhibits @ Moniker – News @ Eleven

I feel a little like Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion. Last night was the Opening Night for the inFocus 2 Photographic Exhibition that I’m participating in, and I couldn’t have asked for more.

I hung two photographs of my recent trips to South America on behalf of CUSO International, and I’m extremely pleased to say that they stood out like sore thumbs. My attitude going into this was to go big or go home and there’s no doubt that I pulled it off in style. It wasn’t the size of the prints but the content of the images that overwhelmed.

The images were printed and processed on Fibre Paper by Bob Carnie Printmaking,and displayed in custom, deep, black, wooden frames with archival mats, behind museum glass fromAntony’s.

My heartfelt thanks to all of you that were able to join me last night and although the gallery was closed today, Friday the 20th, I invite the rest of you to drop by to see all the artists works. The exhibit will be on display at the Moniker Gallery in Toronto, until the 25thof September, between 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, including the Monday during which it was originally scheduled to be closed.

I produced 4 X 6 B&W postcards with each of the two images, as keepsakes, and left them in the gallery, so drop by before they run out. Otherwise, you’ll need to wait until my encore exhibition.

Benches – Initial Offering

After looking through a selection of some of my favourite images, I discovered that I often point my camera at chairs: chairs in a row, stacked, different colours, looking lonely. Anyway, bouncing around ideas for a potential exhibit, I decided to keep an eye out for benches.

My initial thoughts were to use the benches to illustrate their function as a place to relax, converse and observe. Ideally I would want people in some if not all of them, but the whole issue surrounding Privacy concerns me, not only from a legal perspective but also not wanting to intrude.

Also, sure, there are lots of benches, but what’s the point, photograph every bench I see? Well, no. I want the image to have a strong graphic and artistic component. I want the photos to cause the viewer to consider the image, to imagine themselves there, to recall a friend or time in their lives. As I began, I also decided that it was important for the bench to be perhaps part of a larger scene, not necessarily a detail in the corner, but rather that the viewer might try to guess where it was taken. That of course brought up the question of including or excluding images not local to Toronto.

Anyway, here are a few examples of the benches that have caught my eye, but mosey over to my Benches V1 Photo Essay, take a guess at where these benches are, if you’re curious and can’t place them, drop me a line and if you’re feeling really inspired, share your own story about a bench, a friend or a memory that took place on a bench. I’m also open to any interesting location suggestions.

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Allan Gardens & Conservatory

It’s been a while, since I posted anything, but I’ve been dedicating more time to the Art Of Photography and it’s time to share. We all derive inspiration in different ways and from different, sometimes, unexpected places. I’ve yet to find my muse, but while I await her arrival, I know enough to pick myself up, push myself out the door and soak in the sights around me. Hey, you know, there might be a tune in there.

A number of years ago, I was stopped on the street by a young woman with a clipboard, with the task of gathering a list of names of people to play as extras in a movie that was to be filmed in Toronto. After the usual contact details, she asked, although I didn’t understand why, where I’d gone to High School, to which I replied David & Mary Thompson. She already knew I lived in Scarborough, and wondered out loud, why it was that so many of the Schools in Scarborough, were named after people. I remarked that it wasn’t that unusual and being curious, asked where she’d gone to school, to which she replied Jarvis Collegiate… like the street. Well ya! but the street was named after Samuel Jarvis, the Chief Superintendent of Indian Affairs for Upper Canada (1837-1845), and a member of the Family Compact.

All this to say that these photographs were produced at Allan Gardens and Conservatory, located on Jarvis Street, which is a wonderful throwback to the Victorian period in Toronto’s history. The Buildings still conjure up the sensation of the period, but the grounds could use a little tender-loving-care. Want to see more photographs from Allan Gardens, or visit my Photo Essays to see other collections

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