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A Touch of Hand: Alternative Processes in Photography Exhibition

A Touch of Hand Exhibition

This exhibition was conceived to coincide with workshops and an artist talk on alternative photographic processes as a part of CapturePhotofest 2020. COVID-19 put a halt to the events, but we are pleased to offer the exhibition online.

The iPhone has both democratized and transformed photography and digital media creating a rise in interest in traditional and historical photographic processes. Enthusiasts, artists and professionals are seeking out and reviving historical techniques and methods. Perhaps this is a quest to bring a sense of uniqueness and imperfection to the mechanical control in digital photography. 

A Touch of Hand” showcases photo based artists who produce images that have been created by hand either before or once the lens-based images have been formed; pinhole photography, mixed media, cyanograph, scanogram and lumen printing are some of the methods used. The artists value the knowledge and skill these processes demand as well as the direct contact it gives them with their image. As in life, the outcomes are not always predictable, but uncertainty nurtures possibility. In the climate of social distancing we crave a Touch of Hand

*Expand each collection and click on each image to enlarge. 

Dorothy Doherty

My work examines a variety of issues, including urban decay, global issues, and the beauty of the world around us, whether in man-made structures or the mysteries of nature. I hope to honour the materials I work with, reveal my process, and create work that stimulates the imagination and moves the soul.

Ed Peck

Arrangements explores the discarded through the re-composition of spent bouquets; bouquets mark our rituals of goodwill. Bring out our desire to create beauty and symmetry as gifts, underscoring the best of our humanity. The symbolism of flowers, in combination with their fleeting grace, is a poignant reminder of our frailty.

Harry Armstrong

Using ‘A Touch of Hand’ as a starting point these images explore the hand as the selector and arranger of objects; composing a scene to lead the viewer. Working within the tradition of a staged still-life, these images toy with the idea of the absurd by playfully juxtaposing two seemingly unrelated objects.

Olga Campbell

I work in many mediums and am drawn to alternative processes. The alternative process can take an art piece and transform it into something else entirely, another reality. The multiple layers add a sense of history and mystery, things hidden, concealed, revealed. This selection includes Lumen prints which have been scanned and altered in Photoshop.

Phyllis Schwartz

I am a hybrid photo-printmaker who fuses organic and technological elements. Hybrid prints are photograms made by a contact printing process that leaves traces and shadows on photosensitive surfaces. My Lumen prints engage viewers on a primal level to look again, to make their own meaning from ambiguity.

Ross den Otter

Modern photographic processes can control an image to a microscopic level. This degree of control, impossible historically, has created a quest for perfection where natural chaos isn’t a factor. Chaos can render a work less perfect or it can perfect it, it’s all perspective. The analogue photographic processes used for these works embraces the uncontrollable and chaotic.