April 8, 2017 7:00 pm
Exhibition: April 5-17, Reception: April 8, 7pm-10pm, After Party: April 8, 10pm-2am
Currently based in Vancouver, Canadian photographer Steve Dynie is critically recognized for his evocative series of long-exposure photographs that examine the way natural beauty can serve as a catalyst for meditative self-awareness. His work is intimate, spare and emotionally engaging.
“I use my camera to shift my perspective on life and make more of a passing moment so it resonates in a profound, metaphorical way. The resulting photograph is an evocation of a personal experience that goes beyond what I simply saw. Using long exposures, I’m interested in how our perception of a scene shifts and takes on greater emotional weight the longer the shutter is left open. A more expansive aura of awareness gets captured in the image.”
ABOUT THE WORK: Steve will be showing his project Unforgiving Surf at the Beaumont Gallery as part of the Capture Photography Festival.
There is a sculptural elegance to surfing that belies its brutal edge. Although that fluid grace depends on being able to grip and balance on a seemingly wafer-thin board despite all the pounding waves. I’ve surfed for 15 years and have shown very little improvement, or elegance, in that time. The forces of nature can be rough, relentless – and humbling. Yet for the dedicated or professional surfer, a breaking wave can be a fully immersive, quasi-religious experience. It becomes their path to personal enlightenment. Or at least a groovy ride.
In my photographs for Unforgiving Surf, I want to show that extended moment when a surfer fuses with a wave and takes on a more iconic stature. There is certainly beauty in the arc and flow and spray of the water and the intimate way a surfer holds to all that. Or touches a wave once in the barrel as if an energizing life force. Of course the rough and tumble truth of a surfer’s life is the many hours they spend bitter cold and scrambling to stay alive. Catching a big wave at the wrong moment can slam a surfer down into the blackest depths. But catching it at the right moment can lead to glory. In my photographs, I try to find surfers who are just hanging on, barely, to that glorious edge.
INSTAGRAM – steve_dynie
Opening Reception will run from 7pm-10pm on Saturday April 8th
The after party will then go from 10pm – 2am. (After 10pm there will be a $12 cover.)