Phantoms of the Forest
Keith Michael Cossey
A Gallery Member's Solo Exhibition
Exhibition Running: November 4 to November 29, 2015
November 5, 6-9pm
Artist Talk: November 15, 2pm
Open to the public • Free to attend
Phantoms of the Forest celebrates the value and importance of trees and forests in view of their sacred, symbolic, ecological and economic roles. The energy and vibrancy of new life and resurrection in natural and urban forests are captured and expressed visually. The images in Phantoms are a personal, visual interpretation of the regenerative powers of forests. Cossey's work is evolving through expressions and juxtapositions of multiple times and multiple spaces in his images. Variations in light, movement, changes in weather and seasons are played with to give a sense of an ever changing, dynamic environment. The final image is a product of his photographic and artistic skills, perceptions, emotions and imagination. Original images are presented with creative use of artistic and digital darkroom techniques to suggest something deeper and mysterious at work.
ViewPoint Photography Competition
Adam Lanigan, Nov. 2015
THE SMOKE CHAIR
Adam is a resident of Halifax, Nova Scotia and has long held a fascination with photographs, cameras, and the photographic process. He has exhibited photos in New York, San Francisco, Texas, and Halifax and has been published in several books.
This photo comes from a series shot in 2014 in cooperation with Dean Brousseau, which was titled ‘Ambulations’. Ambulations presented a series of photographs by Dean and Adam adding companion images shot by Adam in 2014 to Dean’s previously unseen series ‘Urban Somnambulist’, which was created in the late 1970s. The images present the urban environment devoid of people - employing long shutter speeds and taken during the quiet unpopulated hours of the late night and early morning - to present an environment shaped by humans but absent of them. These images place the audience on a stage whose actors have left the theater yet we have lingered to examine the sets and detritus of their comings and goings. (Modified from original text by Dean and Adam)