“My commitment to film and the traditional art of photography mirrors my passion for Canada and the light on this extraordinary land.” Ron Smid
I have always felt a strong connection to the natural world. As a young adult, I took solo canoe excursions into the rugged Canadian Shield exploring and documenting the unaltered infinite forms of Northern Ontario. From then I continued my journeys across Canada for the next twenty years, chronicling the changing light on the land.
In 2012, I surrendered the use of colour to immerse myself in the simplicity and timeless expression of black and white photography. Working exclusively with an 8 x 10 large format camera, I continued to photograph familiar terrain while also travelling abroad with my camera for the first time in search of other landscapes.
I found that monochrome imparted a more elemental expression to my work than I had been able to capture before. Certain images that had eluded me on colour film no matter how many times I returned to them, translated their essence seamlessly into complete works in black and white.
As I explored further and my visual awareness strengthened with the slow workings of the 8 X 10 camera, I began to see both animal and human forms materialize in my compositions whether the subject was rock, wood, or water. Abstract patterns that lay hidden from coloured light and understory nestled in rock crevasses expressed their qualities through the monochrome lens.
The Full Spectrum
Artists: Linda Vermeulen, Rod Sarrat-Cave, Ron Smid
Capture Photography Festival
April 8 – 22, 2017 at Petley Jones Gallery