Hidden Architecture: Photography at Tonic Hair Studio

Show runs: November 8th to December 27, 2014
Opening: Monday November 17, 6 – 8pm


image of photograph of road across a hillside by esther vincentThis show is about shape and form and the hidden architecture that is all around us.

The way a roadway carves a concave curve across a hill.

The way a flock of rose petals flutter over each other in folds.

The way a labour day dock draws out into the distance.

Although these images represent recognizable things – landscapes, flowers, horses – each one is also just a series of vectors. Each image is a collection of curves and lines and planes of colour and texture. They are a combination of shapes that come together to create a representation of the things we see in the photo.

I chose these photographs for this show because, to me, they best illustrate the guiding idea of what prompts me to take a picture. On the surface, everything is made of shapes, lines and contours and when, for a moment or when I’m passing, I am taken by how those elements all come together to tell the story of what they contain.

image of photograph of peony flower by esther vincentAll things have shape, have form, have a structure that make up the exterior of what we see. When “flattened out” in a photograph or painting, everything is reduced. All vistas, all landscapes, all still lifes, all close-ups are just shapes. Shapes and lines.

One view is more eye catching than another because of the interplay of the shapes that make it up. How do the shapes relate? Do they fit? Do they fight? Do they roll in luxurious harmony or do they strain to keep it together? Do the lines follow from one to the other or do they criss-cross and scatter back and forth looking for the connection point?

image of photograph of winter scene by esther vincentAlthough each of these images is something recognizable, an easily identifiable thing or view, I invite you to look into the photographs to see the shapes. And the shapes within shapes. Or look for the lines that pull your eye one way or another or into the picture. Take a moment to appreciate the roundness of a hill or the way a horizon crosses a frame just so. Do any of the shapes and lines become abstract when you look at them this way? Does that make the picture more interesting?

Or, if you like, just have a look and enjoy what you’re seeing. The main reason I took these photos is because I liked what I saw.

I hope you do, too.

-Esther Vincent


Location: Tonic Hair Studio, 446 George St N

Tues – Wed 9:30 – 6pm
Thu 9:30 – 8pm
Fri 9:30 – 6pm
Sat 9;30 – 4pm


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