Pho­tog­ra­phers open lo­cal gallery

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Stanstead

YeOlde Black­smith Art Gallery, 240A Duf­ferin Rd. in Stanstead, Qc., is pleased to an­nounce the open­ing of the sum­mer sea­son on Satur­day June 22, 2013 with an ex­hi­bi­tion of pho­tog­ra­phy “Street Scenes” by two Mon­tre­al­based pho­tog­ra­phers, Gabriel Safdie and Mark La­vo­rato (June 22-July7). The vernissage will take place Satur­day, June 22 from 5-7 pm. and all are warmly in­vited to at­tend.

Gabriel, with a back­ground as a writer and pro­fes­sor of lit­er­a­ture at Daw­son Col­lege in Mon­treal, has for years been in­volved with the theatre and mu­sic scene in Mon­treal. An in­trepid trav­eller, Gabriel de­vel­oped a pas­sion for pho­tog­ra­phy dur­ing his ex­ten­sive ex­plo- ra­tions around the world. In the spirit of cap­tur­ing any given mo­ment of life that may live on, thanks to the art of pho­tog­ra­phy, this col­or­ful body of work shows us glimpses of life from Egypt to North Amer­ica.

Raised in the Cana­dian prairies, Mark fin­ished his stud­ies in en­vi­ron­men­tal science and set out trav­el­ling. Hav­ing lived most of his adult life abroad – in Cen­tral Amer­ica, the Caribbean, and Europe – he now re­sides in Mon­treal with sum­mers spent in the Eastern Town­ship’s. He is a poet and nov­el­ist with five works of lit­er­a­ture pub­lished or forth­com­ing. In his words, “My third novel fol­lows an as­pir­ing artist who is work­ing through­out the early days of street pho­tog­ra­phy. For my re­search, I bought

a cam­era and headed out into the streets in or­der to bet­ter re­late to my pro­tag­o­nist and his strug­gles. What I found there, how­ever, was a new pas­sion.” Mark has been in the streets with his cam­era, cap­tur­ing pub­lic mo­ments, since 2009.

The two pho­tog­ra­phers com­ple­ment each other with their dis­tinctly dif­fer­ent styles that col­lec­tively draw us into the world and mo­ment they have shot on cam­era.

The gallery, as the name im­plies, was once a black­smith shop rest­ing on the banks of the Tomi­fo­bia River just be­hind the down­town sec­tor. The rus­tic charm of this beau­ti­ful set­ting is in­spir­ing to walk around in and take in the com­mu­nity feel. The hours for the Ye Olde Black­smith Art Gallery are Thurs­day-Sun­day, 11-6 pm, be­gin­ning June 22.

Photo courtesy

One of Mark La­vo­rato’s pho­to­graphs cap­tures young boys play­ing in an un­usual set­ting.

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