gio restaurant - Prince george hotel
Halifax, Nova Scotia
‘Bossage’ is an architectural term referring to stones laid in a wall with an unfinished side facing outward. The intent is that the surface will be later finished with more detail as a moulding, capital or other feature. This term reflects the intent of the exhibition in that the rough stone is represented by the collection of architecture-related photographs I have been creating for the last ten years, and the refinement will come from a finished statement that fits in the realm of contemporary photography.
The architectural photography being exhibited does not focus on the grand mastery of building construction. The allure I have for architectural spaces is their subtleties and latent possibilities. The resulting photographs are akin to musical nocturnes, with pensive and mysterious overtones composed in a way that is tranquil, dreamy and calm, yet moody. Many of the photographs are captured at night or in a manner that conveys a period of time when the public is not accessing the spaces. Even if the spaces are not truly empty, I have waited to capture them at a moment when it looks like I was alone. The situations I capture encapsulate the term bossage, because, prior to my composition and artistic decisions, the scenes hold potential but require mediation to stand out as a unique element.
It is the sense of being alone that allows a unique quietude for evaluation and contemplation. This is both true for myself as a person and artist, and for the viewer that encounters the resulting photographs. The images of unpopulated architectural spaces make the viewer confront the humanistic details that remain and ask questions of the spaces they are viewing. The images, void of people and resulting chronological effect, can also become anachronistic.