Watershed

Harry Nowell's Exhibition from June 28 to July 23, 2017

VERNISSAGE: Wednesday June 28, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Artist-photographer Harry Nowell explores the simplicity of water in his 16-year project culminating in the exhibition “Watershed” presented at La Fab from June 28 to July 23, 2017.

“Almost 20 years ago my dear old dog Tigger and I wondered where the little creek behind our home runs…initially a fun muddy adventure, we kept exploring up and down stream.” And so began Harry’s artistic project. 

“Watershed” follows the adventurous yet simple path of the Chelsea creek as it flows downhill from the small ponds atop Gatineau Park’s small mountains. This unique collection of works reflects on the circular journey as the water gurgles past the artist’s house towards the ocean where evaporation and rainfall repeat the cycle once again.

In 2012, Harry’s project reached a turning point when he discovered a process to place photo paper directly in larger format cameras creating one of-a-kind artworks. So, he built a plywood 8×10 camera with big lenses. “One element I love about the one-of-a-kind is the basic process – no darkroom or digital manipulation process is possible.”

Photo: Large camera 8x10 in plywood built by the artist

 

Harry’s current and new works feature the tool he chose for its adventurous simplicity that parallels the path of the water. “I get one chance to get it perfect in the camera. Each photograph is unique – only one is produced.”

Come to Harry’s vernissage on Wednesday, June 28: 5 pm - 8 pm to view his striking images and to chat with him about his creative process.  His hand-made camera will be on display.

To learn more about his work, you can visit his website at: http://www.harrynowell.com/blog.