In December we offered a Sneak Peek at our photo studio of an art exhibit that is nearly complete. ‘Watershed’ is project that started 11 years ago as my dog and I wandered, wondering where our local creek went.
Over many years the project grew from a sense of adventurous exploration into the realization that I had the basis for an art exhibit.
As the muddy adventure developed into a collection of artwork my cameras soaked up ever changing beauty, debris of human existence and extensive feats (and wrecks) of bulldozed infrastructure.
“Watershed” weaves eight kilometres from its headwaters in Gatineau Park through a divided highway’s tunnel. My self imposed rules were simple:
1. To follow the watershed and see every bend, turn and obstacle.
2. To return with cameras – predominantly medium, large and panoramic format film cameras – to selectively document different aspects of the watershed.
Watershed was shot predominantly on large film to allow BIG, fine prints.
“Watershed” illustrates the power of an innocuous trickle and the connected nature of the lifeline that provides life to all surrounding it. I was continually surprised to see where the “little creek” behind our home brought me – to the local village, highway and some favourite locations in Gatineau Park.
Stay tuned for more Watershed news…