Monday, September 3, 2018

On Exhibit - Carbonear Island


Like a cork in a wine bottle, Carbonear Island sits protectively at the mouth of the harbour of Carbonear, Newfoundland. Ever since Carbonear was first settled by Europeans in the early 1600s, Carbonear Island has played a significant role in the defence of the settlement. It was a safe haven the settlers could flee to whenever there was a threat. Its steep cliffs prevented attack on all sides, except for the south where there is a small beach. By building even limited fortifications on the island, the settlers could defend themselves from the likes of Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville (1696) and Daniel d'Auger de Subercase (1705), who tried in vain to invade this small island. The island was a refuge even as late as the 19th century, when residents fled American privateers. Today, the island is recognized by the Government of Canada as a site of a national historic event (the English defence against the French, mentioned above) and is a source of many historical artifacts. 

Click on the above image to see a close-up of it.

 Carbonear Island is iconic for anyone who has lived in Carbonear. Of course everyone knows its importance in the history of the town, but I think it is so iconic because, sitting as it does at the mouth of the harbour, it is always visible from everywhere in the town. The coat of arms of my high school, James Moore, had a silhouette of Carbonear Island at the top. When I think of Carbonear, I see an image of Carbonear Island in my mind. As I no longer live in Carbonear, I have tried several times to capture the essence of the island to bring with me in the form of a photograph, but that essence always eluded me, until I took this image.

The photograph was taken on a mauzy day in May in the spring of 2014. The spring ice was just coming down from Labrador, and bits and pieces of icebergs were floating about in the bay. It was raining, cold, and very windy. Ignoring the weather, I walked out to Burnt Head, firmly anchored my tripod into some crevices in the rock to secure it against the bitter gale, and made this capture. 

This image is on display at the Artpoint Studio and Galleries in the Members Exhibit during the month of September.



Artpoint is located at:

1139 11 St SE,
Calgary, AB
T2G 3G1

A link to the Google Map location is here.

The print on display is about 100 cm wide (40"), so it shows all of the interesting detail of the Island. Using archival, high dynamic range pigment inks, I handmade this print using a split-tone process on a 100% cotton rag fine art paper that is acid, lignin, and chlorine free. It is also pH buffered with calcium carbonate for a true archival sheet. I love this paper for its extremely high colour gamut and deep black density. The folks at 17th Avenue Framing did the matting and the framing using archival acid-free mats and museum grade, anti-reflective 99% UV ray protection glass.

I hope you are able to get to Artpoint sometime in September and have a look at the print. It has much more impact in person than it does on a computer screen.

In conjunction with this exhibit, I am offering a show special through my on-line store. Use the discount code Eyeconic2018

I have two other prints on display at this exhibit. You can read about these images here (the Round Tower) and here (Mount Fuji).

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