Philosophy The heart of my photographic practice lies in a strong intuition, a keen observation, a sense of irony and a desire to share what I see with others. My images are of people, places and objects that I become familiar with over time. I am a collector of stories, sharing snippets of them for their interest, value or beauty; put together, these collected works make a whole.
Style I am fascinated by the intricacies and hidden depths in everything I see. There is beauty in imperfection. Photography, to me, is about exploring how an immediate emotional response is provoked by the images I create.
By photographing and sharing my experience of the world I aim to capture the moments in everyday life when it is realized that life is extraordinary. These moments are not constructed, rather I am aware of the tools I have and am ready to use them in situations as they present themselves. I believe that both my photographs and their contents are simply transitory artifacts: only as valued or as valuable as we choose make them.
Technique Formal technical considerations are arrived at through the exploration of the theme. I thrive on both the challenge and the freedom from ‘making do’ with natural light and no tripod. Once I get to know a camera, I rarely look through the viewfinder. Choosing the apparatus that suits the subject I use a diverse selection of cameras ranging from a Hassleblad, Diana, panoramic and digital. The situation and the environment direct my process; the presentation is derived from the resulting images and their content.
Background Hannah lives and works in Halifax, NS where she is actively involved in the local arts community. In 2009 she was short-listed for the Mayor’s Award of Distinction: Contemporary Art. She For the past six years she has been president of ViewPoint Gallery, a non-profit co-operative for photographers. She is chair of the development committee for Photopolis — the Halifax Festival of Photography, and is a member of the Dalhousie University Art Gallery Advisory Board.
Publications 2010 A Panoramic View, Visual Arts News, Spring 2010 issue 2008 Minzloff’s Photos in Transit, The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, NS Hannah's moving pictures, The Coast, Halifax, NS NOW Magazine, Toronto