April 18, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday April 20th 2017 7-10pm
Robert Charles attended Focal Point Visual Arts Learning Centre in 2001, receiving a diploma in basic photography (film) with an introduction to the traditional black and white darkroom. This is when his passion with the camera really began to blossom. He uses both analog and digital with an appreciation and love for ‘old school’ Polaroid’s and vintage box cameras, as well as smart phones . . . thus giving him a medley of tools for visual story telling.
Though born and raised in Saskatchewan, he has called Vancouver home for the last 33 years. Having had many successful solo and group shows since 2009 . . . his work can be seen on the cover of Event Literary Journal’ (summer edition 2010); in the lobby/lounge of the Sheraton Wall Centre (Vancouver/Burrard); at ‘Truth and Beauty’ Gallery/Vancouver, as well as a clothing collaboration with ‘LegendaryX’, using his imagery in the SS15 line. Working closely with designers his work has been featured in show suites for new developments in BC and Alberta. His works have been purchased by collectors locally and abroad.
His visual interpretation of life in motion seems to be the most natural of all. Mixed with his moody and romantic visual sense, he takes every movement and every shadow mixed with atmospheric light to wrap these moments around his brain to process the final result. He rarely repeats the same post processing method twice, if at all. His diverse photography and creative style opens his work to an unlimited audience.
The South Saskatchewan River on ice.
Everything with a perfect echoing silence buried under a crisp sheet of bright white. Shimmering, sparkling crystalline, reflecting the sunlight, almost blinding . . . and the bitter bite of winter air slicing through your every breath.
I am always looking to catch an out of the ordinary perspective or angle to express my interpretation of the world, fueled by a need to find the uncommon in the everyday. My ability to create dramatic compositions using natural light combined with negative space makes each scene uniquely intimate and dramatic, throwing the typical restrictive rules of photographic composition to the wind.
IG – @robertcharles