do photographers take pictures? It’s a loaded question that has
as many answers as people who take photographs. Four
photographers, who are showing their images at the Chapel Gallery,
have their own responses to this question.
is a photographic exhibition by Larry Carroll, Nytasha Kelly, Jane
Spencer and Andy Zeltkalns. “It’s a narrative on subjects that
draw the attention, passion and vision captured by photographers
from Muskoka,” says Larry who has been a professional
photographer for more than thirty years. “Through their eyes,
and thus the lens, these individuals see and record images that
create a range of reactions from the viewer.”
grew up in Nova Scotia, just down the road from Alex Colville.
“His work has always been present somewhere in my life and
travels,” says Larry. As a child, there were always cameras and
lots of family photo albums in the house. In the early 1970s, his
formal photographic education took place when he was accepted into
the photo-arts technician program with the Government of British
Columbia. He continued his education through the University of
Albert Faculty of Extension and Continuing Education Programs as
well as numerous courses and seminars with the Professional
Photographers of Canada. “I started with film, moved to digital
and now I’m on the edge of augmented reality. It’s fascinating
to be a photographer,” exclaims Larry.
interest in photography began in grade school when she received
her first camera from her grandmother. Since then, Jane has honed
her skills to keep pace with the continuous technological
advancements while exploring intriguing ways to photograph nature
has wanted to be a photographer for as long as she can remember.
She studied at Georgian
College in the Digital Photography and Imaging program and is now
operating her own studio in Huntsville. “With my photography, I
strive to show the beauty in the world, the unseen wonders that
everyone seems to miss in their everyday life. I want to make
people happy with my photography and open their eyes to the world.
Everything is beautiful no matter how small,” comments Nytasha.
has travelled to many beautiful places in the world. “Whether
I’m travelling, cycling, paddling or hiking, I always have a
camera with me in case a photo opportunity presents itself,”
remarks the retired elementary school teacher. “Capturing the
beauty of my environment in an arresting photograph is what fuels
my passion. Some of my photos are a result of careful planning,
others a result of serendipity,” says Andy.
hopes that visitors to the Chapel Gallery will develop a newfound
appreciation for photography. “With the advent of the selfie,
camera phones technologically advanced computer driven cameras,
there has been a swing by society to the one shot wonder whereas
an artist will define and create photographs from their vision,
resulting in an image for themselves as well as the viewer.”