Pushing the limits
Exhibition tasks photographers with moving beyond their comfort zone
A new exhibition opening at the Mann art gallery encourages photographers to explore new ideas and try something new.
The Northern Image Photographers annual fall show opens tonight at 7 p.m. Each year, the director/curator of the gallery picks a theme. The photographers explore the theme during the year, and present their best images at the fall show.
This year’s theme is
Zone. Outside the Comfort
“This is the 11th year that we’ve had this partnership exhibition of their work at the art gallery in the fall,” explained director/curator Jesse Campbell.
“Various themes have been explored in the past that deal with subject matter. But I thought, you know, now that we’re past a decade into this, I think it’s time to look at pushing oneself artistically. That’s why I proposed the theme to them of outside the comfort zone.”
According to Campbell, the idea of going outside of one’s comfort zone can be explored in many different ways, whether it’s with different techniques or with subject matter.
“Once an artist is familiar with their medium and is comfortable using it, it’s then time to make them uncomfortable,” she said.
“There’s various ways an artist can grow and develop their practice That’s why I chose the theme this year, so you can get that sort of variety of interpretations on a theme.”
The artists embraced the challenge Campbell presented to them. Some who typically photograph animals and landscapes focused on people. Others used different techniques of photo editing.
“I wanted to see how they would think differently,” Campbell said. “Maybe something like a still life that they would set up, or perhaps a figurative piece or something a little bit more abstract.
“I was really happy to see one photo in particular that totally skewed the colours and would be much different than otherwise. She pushed herself that way.
That piece consisted of an artist pushing herself with photo editing techniques outside of what she would typically do.
According to Campbell, exploring these different subject matters and techniques isn’t just important for growth in the artist, but for the viewer as well.
“It encourages us as viewers to look at our world in different ways,” Campbell said.
“It makes us understand hopefully that there’s multiple perspectives we can be using.” The opening reception for is tonight at the Mann Art Gallery. The show runs until October 27.
Comfort Zone Outside the
A view of some of the works on display at te Northern Image Photographers Outside the Comfort Zone exhibition.