'That Time, That Place' by Tanja Tiziana

September 30th - December 1st, 2012.  7 - 10 PM

Opening: October 4th, 2012

About this series: That Time, That Place

This exhibition features select photographs from two recent series: Buzzing Lights: The Fading Neon Landscape in North America and The Last Summer at Coney Island.

Mixed in with key images from those collections are snapshots taken while driving, dancing and dreaming between destinations. Together, they are a portrait of the disappearing face of our cities; a song for ghosts that lingered long enough to be captured by this wandering photographer.

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About the artist:

My photographic work examines our notion of time in the bustling modern metropolis. Cameras in tow, I travel the world in search of that decisive moment in which modern life and forgotten history are blurred. With traditional film, integral film and digital processes, I shape and distort the field of view in order to create images that question our perception of what is past and present. My most recent project has taken me across the neon landscape of North America, from the former neon capital of North America, Vancouver, BC, to the current glowing desert star, Las Vegas, NV.

  • Voted 2009 & 2010 Best Local Artist by Xtra! Mag readers in Toronto.
  • 1st Prize for Outstanding Artist at the Sunnyside Juried Art Show.
  • Visual Arts award at the Festival International des Arts en Montréal (FIMA) in 2009.
  • Queen West Art Crawl Best of Show Award in 2009.
  • 1st book, CIRCA: An Urban Retrospect, was published in 2007.


‘Northern Roots, Urban Playground’ by Stephanie Foden.

July 8th – September 29th, 2012 
Opening: July 12th, 2012. 7 – 10 PM

About the artist:

Stephanie foden is a photojournalist based out of Toronto. She is passionate and enthusiastic about sharing stories from around the globe fully and authentically. She has ventured across the world on personal projects to document the landscape and people of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Canada and the United States in search of honest and striking imagery. Her work has been published internationally and exhibited nationally.

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About this series: Northern Roots, Urban Playground

Ottawa is home to the largest urban inuit population in canada. Giving community members a place to come together, the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre (OICC) shares and celebrates their heritage while fostering cultural values in a new generation.

Stephanie Foden shot extensively at the OICC in the spring of 2011. The series won second place at the photophilanthropy activist awards and was previously exhibited at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.


Guarani Mbyá

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2012 Exhibition by Louis Au

April 29th - June 30th, 2012 The Rivoli Lounge 
Artist In Attendance: May 5th, 2012 3 - 6 PM

The Guarani were one of the first indigenous peoples that the Europeans came into contact after arriving in South America over 500 years ago. Between the 16th and 18th century, millions of Indians were enslaved and killed by the European explorers. For those who survived, some were sheltered in villages built by Jesuits while others escaped deep into the jungle that was inaccessible for a long period of time.

In present day Brasil, there are roughly 35,000 Guarani Indians live in villages along the southern and southeastern coast. Another 50,000 can be found in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. Most of them continue to live according to their traditional customs despite outside modern day influences.

The Guarani in Brasil are divided in three main groups according to their dialect, customs and ritual practices. They are the Kaiova, the Nhandeva and the Mbya. There are a total of four Guarani Mbya villages located in São Paulo. Krukutu and Tenonde Porã in the Parelheiros district; Tekoa Ytu and Tekoa Pyau in the Jaraguá district.

This series of photographs documents the small population of Guarani Mbya Indians living in the Jaraguá district on the outskirts of São Paulo from a 2011 trip.

-- Louis Au March 2012


Reverie: The loving trance

Photography Exhibition by Diana Renelli

March 4th – April 29th, 2012 The Rivoli Lounge
Opening: March 8th, 2012 7 – 10 PM

About this series: Reverie: The loving trance

Reverie: The loving trance is a series of eight images that have been photographed through windows on the streets of Toronto. The idea for the show arose after Diana photographed an iconic 1960s plastic doll through a window on Queen Street West. The image, once processed, appeared haunting and ghostly.

The exhibition focuses on the Jungian concept of conjoining the anima and animus. It also explores the light and shadow aspects of the psyche through dream-like configurations that have appeared to Renelli as she photographs.

“Often it’s just a matter of letting go of the thought process and allowing the creative element to overtake you… and something emerges in a reflection that may not have been there when you first started photographing it,” says Renelli.

This is Diana Renelli’s first exhibition. She works as a portrait photographer in Toronto, where she has lived for the last twenty years.

As a photographer, I seek to ignite a connection between myself and the person I’m photographing in a very natural and relaxed way. I have a way of helping people feel comfortable which allows them to feel as though they can be themselves — their essence then naturally emanates allowing me to capture candid fleeting moments you’ll want to keep forever.

I live in Toronto and especially enjoy photographing people in green spaces, their own homes or wherever they feel most comfortable. I use natural light to create mood which give portraits a unique and personal quality.

Diana Renelli
drenelli.com

Transient

Photography Exhibition by Julie Clark

January 8th – March 3rd, 2012 The Rivoli Lounge Opening: January 12th, 2012. 7 – 10 PM

All my life I have had an urge to be artistic, but as a kid, I discovered that unfortunately I could not draw or paint. Now, finally, I’ve found a way to let my creative juices flow, use my imagination and produce some original artwork. I was always a keen amateur photographer, but it wasn’t until I really learned the craft and discovered Encaustic that it all came together.

The process: I blend lots of photographic images together - flowers, rust, cracked concrete, gravestones, even vintage farm machinery. Once I get what I want I print and mount the images, then transform them into painterly works of art by coating them with encaustic medium (that’s beeswax). Many people ask, “Is that a painting or a photograph ?”

My inspiration comes from two sources: Firstly, flowers - Gardening, visiting Garden Centres and any type of Botanical gardens is wonderful… how can one not enjoy and appreciate the wonder of plants ? Their colours, shapes and form ? The way they always come back to life after the long bleak winter ? They are all gorgeous. My second source of inspiration is capturing the beauty of my birthplace. Scotland is a place I am passionate about. The landscape, the light, the food, the ancient castles and graveyards, the sea and the mountains - all conspire to get me to return over and over again.

And that is the spirtit of nature.

Julie Clark is an award winning Toronto Beaches-based photographer specializing in Outdoor Photography. After graduating from The Rocky Mountain School of Photography in 2009, she now has a 2nd Career as a Fine Art Photographer. Julie’s work includes images of flowers, nature, landscapes and interesting details. In 2010 she began treating her images with an encaustic finish (beeswax), transforming them into painterly works of art.

Julie has participated in group shows at The Beacher Café, The Beachside Grill, The Hangman Gallery and The Gallery in the Garden at Sherway Gardens. She has also participated in The Riverdale Art Walk, The Beaches Arts & Crafts Show, Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Artistry By the Lake, the Danforth East Arts Fair and the Fox Theatre‘s Movies & Makers Show. She a member of the the Beach Studio Tour, the Beach Photography Club and The Artists’ Network.

julieclarkphotography.com  
 Encaustic Photo Art

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Makros

Photography Exhibition by Louis Au

November 13th, 2011 – January 7th, 2012 The Rivoli Lounge Opening: December 11th, 2011. 3 – 6 PM

About this series: Makros

In this series of photographs, Louis explores the world of texture with everyday natural organic objects via macrophotography.

The beautiful natural patterns and arrangements on ordinary fruits and vegetables are presented with a twist. The vegetables and fruits captured up close reveal intimate textures and intricate design only nature can offer.


Colour in Black and White

Photography Exhibition by Robert Fisher

September 4th - November 12th, 2011. The Rivoli Lounge

My influences come mainly from the traditional art world rather than the world of photography. The use of colour, shape and texture by artists such as Monet, Guillaumin, Thompson, Carmichael, Lismer, Harris, Carr and others as opposed to a strictly realistic approach are what I strive for in my impressionistic photography. The Pointillist style as used by the likes of Seurat and Van Gogh is also a look I try to achieve with the camera. I try to bring this sense of abstraction to other subjects including my architectural abstract photography.

With black &white imagery shades of grey substitute for colour in providing the visual interest to a photo. Highlight and shadow contrast are much more important as these provide the visual cues to lead the viewer from one area of the image to another. My goal is to make a photograph that retains the interest colour through strong highlight/shadow contrast and a full range of grey shades.

In addition to my fine art work, I do freelance PJ work as both a photographer and writer and have had an image chosen for the cover of a national magazine. In my commercial work, I often make use of High Dynamic Range Imagery to create high quality, richly detailed images for my clients.

About this series: Colour in Black and White

A collection of black & white photos that have been converted from colour originals. This confluence of photographic styles is largely a product of the digital photography revolution which gives photographers a broad range of ways to express their artistic vision.

Robert Fisher rf-photography.ca


Toronto Before: Arches

Photography Exhibition by Alden Cudanin

June 26th - September 3rd, 2011. The Rivoli Lounge

About this series: Toronto Before: Arches

Most often when we hear the work remix we think of urban music and the re-making of an old song or the combination of two songs into one. Then and Now remixes follow the same logic. They remake an old picture by combining the old with the new. Blending two images gives us unique insight into how things have changed, how things could have been were some changes never made, and a general feel for the past while keeping the present in perspective.

For more than 100 years Torontonians have been photographing the buildings that define their identity and heritage. Toronto Before: Arches is a collection of Then and Now Remixes that offer a glimpse of the city’s civic buildings and the people who gathered in their public spaces. The entrance arches of Ontario Legislative Building and Old City Hall set the stage for the re-entry of these historical photographs into our modern digital world.

A recent walk amongst ordinary Torontonians, through transcribing and studying of their historical census records of 1901 thru 1951, has lead this creative presenter of Toronto’s past to explore Then and Now photography art. Since then, Alden has been inspired to offer a view of the city’s history mixed in with what we see today.

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Alden Cudanin
torontobefore.ca


Dia de los Muertos

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2011
Exhibition by Louis Au

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May 1st – June 5th, 2011.  The Rivoli Lounge
Opening Reception: May 5th, 2011.  7 – 10 PM

Queen West Art Crawl 2011

September 16th – 18th, 2011.  Gladstone Hotel

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About this series: Dia de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos is an ancient Mexican ritual that dated back 3000 years. The Aztecs and Mayan civilizations viewed death as the continuation of life and embraced it as an awakening after life. Modern day Mexicans spend the night at the cemeteries and elaborately decorate their loved ones’ gravesites with marigold flowers and candles. It is also a common custom to make extravagant altars to welcome the spirits of the dead returning on this special day.

This series of photographs were taken during 2010’s Day of the Dead festival in Arocutin, Pátzcuaro and Tacambaro in Michoacán, Mexico.

Louis Au  September 2011


New Vintage Photography

Photography Exhibition by Bryan Wilcox

The Rivoli Lounge
November 21st, 2010 – January 22nd, 2011

About this series:

Bryan currently shoots street scenes and architectural images- but with a slight twist. His current style is modeled on the output of the Kodak Duaflex, a popular camera produced between 1947 and 1960. The Duaflex was an inexpensive fixed-focus medium format camera, distinguished by its susceptibility to dust and dirt. It was this very flaw that often showed up in the final image along with some other unique features distinctive to the Duaflex print – notably its blurry edges.

Using layered Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop files, Bryan has successfully merged his technical skills and artistic prose to capture the original Duaflex look right down to the blurry edges, dust, dirt and scratches.

Bryan Wilcox
wilcoxcameraart.com 

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Bryan Wilcox was fortunate to grow up in a family that shared a unique passion for the craft of photography. His mother originally worked as a hand-colouring artist in a Montreal photo lab back in the 1940’s. In the years that followed, his father perfected his photography skills in the family darkroom, developing black and white images for family and friends. 

Since 1978, Bryan has been photographing custom and antique automobiles in black and white imagery, then painstakingly hand tinting his selected prints. His work has exhibited at Toronto’s ‘One of a Kind Craft Show’, the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit, and the Los Angeles Photography Center. Wilcox has participated in numerous group shows across Canada and his work is represented in collections in the United States, Canada and Hong Kong.


Those Little Ordinary Things

Photography Exhibit by Deanna Marsigliese

September 19th – November 20th, 2010. The Rivoli Lounge.

Deanna is a Toronto-based Animation Artist and Illustrator. She has been recruited to design for some of the world’s top animation studios, including Laika Studios, Disney TV, Sony Pictures Feature Animation, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and PBS Kids. Her artwork and conceptual designs have been featured in a multitude of television, commercial and feature film projects.

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In July of 2007, Deanna published her first collection of character artwork entitled, “The Art of Deanna Marsigliese.” Much of her art is inspired by her passion for capturing the often over-looked phenomena of everyday life. Her loves include travel, world culture, Jazz & Blues, classic films, vintage poster art, fashion, period costumes, Victorian architecture, burlesque, Old Hollywood, sunken ships, costume jewelry, ancient ruins, trekking, vibrant textiles, miniatures, candy, urban life, marionettes, carnivals, the circus, adventure walks, bike riding, anything that reflects light, and above all, the exploration of life itself. One year ago, Deanna purchased her first SLR camera and has been happily shooting ever since.

You can go to Deanna’s website at deedeedesigns.viewbook.com .


The Master Printer

Photography Exhibit by Louis Au

This exhibit was part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2010 and Queen West Art Fair at the Gladstone Hotel 2010.

About this series:

This series documents the craft of centuries-old tradition of hand printing at Taller Martin Pescador in Tacámbaro, Michoacán. A master Mexican printer, founder Juan Pascoe creates his books on a R. Hoe Washington handpress dated back to 1835. Each piece of type is hand set, each page is inked, laboriously printed by hand and hand sewn together. In stark contrast to today’s computer-based typography and printing, this old tradition has become a lost art.

For the slideshow, please visit the Vimeo video.

– Louis Au September 2010


Scene In Toronto

Photography Exhibit by Victor Yeung.

January 30th – April 30th, 2011. The Rivoli Lounge.

Victor Yeung studied photography at York University and currently specializes in photographing people and places. He can often be found wandering the streets of Toronto hoping for surprises.

About this series: Scene in Toronto

One of my fascinations as a photographer is the process of observation – looking at and seeing things. So while I like to capture in camera the people and places that catch my eye, I’m also interested in what catches the eye of others – that which they choose to look at, that which they can’t help but look at, that which they choose to ignore and that to which they are oblivious.

What catches my eye are the decisive moments, when all the elements in a scene come together to best tell a story, the quiet moments in between that are more about mood than action and the moments of transition yet in between those where on the surface, everything is visual chaos, but on occasion you can see these odd but compelling tableaus forming which are rife with so many possibilities.

This show is my first attempt at weaving together a tapestry of my own observations with those of others to comment on the observation process itself.

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'Random Steps' by Nino Ardizzi

December 2nd, 2012 - February 2nd, 2013

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About the artist:

Creatively, Nino expresses himself through photography. His life long passion for photography began when he took his dad’s Pentax camera to his first ever rock concert of Genesis’ Trick of the tail” and he has been “shooting” ever since. Rock concert photography [when cameras were still allowed - LOL] eventually transitioned to travel photography. 

At the age of 23 he took his passion for photography on the road and went to “find himself” while backpacking though Europe. A significant part of his self discovery was establishing an intimate relationship with his travelling companion – “My Pentax”.

Eventually Nino found the confidence to shoot his “favourite subject,” the female body, through fellow photographer Johan Sorenson. “Johan inspired me to trust myself and introduced me to the intimate world of nude photography”

Nino attributes a significant influence in his creative development to Didier Dorval, Louis Au, and Johan Sorenson.

Outside photography, Nino is the father of two extraordinary girls, Madison and Elise, lives with the love of his life Tammy and has been managing his own financial planning practice since 1992

Nino is a Toronto native and is self taught in photography.

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'Dogs and People' by Victor Yeung

February 2nd - April 27th, 2013

About the series:

Dogs have been mans companion for thousands of years. Many people view dogs not just as pets, but as part of the family. But in order for dogs to fit into our families and our community they have to be trained and socialized much like we train and socialize our children. And like our children, our dogs are constantly seeking our love, approval and attention. If they do wrong, they become subject to our reproaches and discipline. And like our children, our dogs experience sibling rivalry, especially so given their instinct for pack mentality and the need to establish a pecking order of dominance. This goes back to one of the reasons dogs can fit within our families and why they can be trained. Sometime it seems the bond between dogs and their adopted family are stronger than those between dogs. This set up another inherent conflict within dogs as they seek to protect their families from other dogs and other people while still socializing with these very same dogs and people. It's as if we expect them to read our minds, to know good from bad. This again reinforces the need for training and socialization. But of course we'll do it. We love our dogs. The reward they provide is a love and devotion that knows no bounds. And besides that, they are so adorable.

Victor Yeung can be found wandering the streets of Toronto taking in the sights, sometimes taking pictures. You can see more of his work at:

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Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2013

'Rearview' by Diana Renelli

April 28th - June 29th, 2013

About the series:
 

 Diana Renelli  likes to play with reflection, which results in images that are by turns dreamlike, striking, eerie, and evocative. She is drawn toward the layering of shadows found on glass, and she creates intriguing images by photographing ordinary objects through this transitional barrier. 

In Rearview, talismans such as crystal rosaries, beaded mandalas, or miniature pagodas hang suspended from mirrors inside vehicles. These religious icons acquire mysterious meaning; reflections from the outside intrude upon objects in the interior, creating mood and story. The glass gives rise to an ambiguity that forces the viewer to become conscious of the space itself, and this leads to a redefinition of the suspended object. In addition, the fact that such intensely personal articles are on open display results in an intriguing tension between the private and the public. 

Other opposing dynamics appear – a figurine of the Virgin Mary hangs in front of a lacy wedding garter; a metal swastika, with all its conflicting historical connotations, dangles beside a peaceful Buddha, backlit with a golden glow ... a variety of amulets, pendants, medals, and charms stand out against Toronto street reflections.

~ Diana Renelli 2013

About the artist:

 Diana Renelli works as a portrait photographer in Toronto, where she has lived for the last twenty years. 

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As a photographer, I seek to ignite a connection between myself and the person I’m photographing in a very natural and relaxed way. I have a way of helping people feel comfortable which allows them to feel as though they can be themselves — their essence then naturally emanates allowing me to capture candid fleeting moments you’ll want to keep forever.

 I live in Toronto and especially enjoy photographing people in green spaces, their own homes or wherever they feel most comfortable. I use natural light to create mood which give portraits a unique and personal quality.

~Diana Renelli

drenelli.com

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f11project is proud to present 'Wilcox Hotrod Photography
by Bryan Wilcox at The Rivoli Lounge.

June 29th - August 31st, 2013

Opening Reception: July 4th, 2013.   7 - 10 PM

Live Music with The Greasemarks

 

About the artist and series: 

Toronto designer/photographer Bryan Wilcox goes out of his way to find and photograph cool automobiles.

He was fortunate to grow up in a family that shared a unique passion for the craft of photography. His mother originally worked as a hand-colouring artist in a Montreal photo lab in the 1940’s.

In the years that followed, his father perfected his photography skills in the family darkroom, developing black and white images for family and friends. 

Zooming ahead to the digital age, Bryan layers photoshop and illustrator files to successfully merge his love of both vintage photography and graphic shapes to create new world for his hotrods.

Wilcox has participated in numerous shows and his work is represented in collections in the United States, Canada and Hong Kong.

wilcoxcameraart.com   

416.781.4203

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F11PROJECT IS PROUD TO PRESENT 'FORBIDDEN DETAILS' BY ANTONIO LASTORIA AT THE RIVOLI LOUNGE

September 1st, 2013 - January 18th, 2014

Opening Reception: September 5th, 2013.  7 - 10 PM

Business travel - From most people, those who have not done it, jetting across the globe to exotic locations at the company's expense sounds romantic. For the business traveler, they understand most of their time, if not all, is spent in airplanes, airports, hotels and long business meetings, which leaves little time to actually experience the culture and sites.  Through my work, I have the opportunity to travel to a variety of locations, but most of the time I spend traveling is as I described about. Let's face it, traveling 10,0000 km and having no visual records of these journeys, is very disconcerting, especially for a photographer. After my first few treks to Asia and nothing to show for it, I decided I wanted to capture images of these travels and I ensured I scheduled a weekend into these trips for photography.  This short period of time, allows me to pick a subject for some visual exploration. The body of work presented here is from my visit to Beijing China in 2012 visiting the Forbidden City.

Forbidden Details
In 1406 over one million workers including one hundred thousand artisans toiled fourteen years to construct what is known as the Forbidden City. They worked with a variety of materials such as wood, clay, marble, bronze and other precious materials to construct the Imperial Palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Throughout the over 980 buildings, evidence of intricate workmanship and attention to detail are seen in this architecture marvel.  The work presented here focuses on the craftsmanship of these individuals showing details of their artistry and creativity in every aspect of the architecture.

About the Artist

Antonio Lastoria has been involved in photography for more 20 years and has focused primarily on black and white imagery as his artistic outlet. In the beginning, he processed images by hand in his home darkroom, primarily working with large format negatives. Large format cameras required a slow methodical process coupled with 35 pounds of equipment. Some of the chemicals he used , such as pyro, had gained notoriety for being dangerous. After many years of using this process, he discovered the digital image making process but was reluctant to fully embrace it as he still saw silver based chemical photography as somehow superior. After a few years of experimenting with the hybrid approach with film based negatives and digital prints he abandoned film completely.

Only the highest quality materials are used to produce his images , such as, 100% archival inks, papers and processes.

Samples of his portfolio can be viewed at antoniolastoria.com

Antonio Lastoria is Manufacturing Executive with over 25 years experience in electronics and aerospace industry. Born and raised in Toronto, he lives with his wife and son in Etobicoke.


f11project is proud to present 'Landscape Photography: Group Exhibition' by Toronto Digital Photography Club at The Rivoli Lounge

January 19th - March 15th, 2014

Opening Reception: January 23rd, 2014.  7 - 10 PM
The Rivoli Lounge. 334 Queen Street West, 2nd Floor, Toronto M5V 2A2

Landscape Photography: Group Exhibition

Landscape photographers celebrate the beauty of nature by pursuing a pure and unspoiled depiction of the natural environment with a strong emphasis on landforms, textures, weather and ambient light. Landscape photography essentially captures spaces within the world, whether vast or microscopic, serene or moody.

In this group exhibit by six members from the Toronto Digital Photography Club, we are presenting a small collection of photographs that depict the awe and wonder of the natural environment that we inhabit. Some of the images shown are about the vividness of mother nature's colour palette. In contrast, the black and white images are primarily about textures. Some images communicate the tranquility and moodiness of the place in time while others are about the quality of light. The collection of images selected for this show are quite diverse in both subject matter and execution.

The artists participating in this group show are Luba Citrin, Roger Correia, Edith Itzcovici-Levy, Dino Melissa, Leon Shahar and Sunchie Yang.

About Toronto Digital Photography Club

The Toronto Digital Photography Club (formerly the Toronto Guild for Photographic Art) was originally established in 1947 as the Toronto Guild for Colour Photography. It is one of Canada’s premier photography clubs with a rich history and one of the oldest camera clubs in Toronto.

The club is home to many talented and successful photographers, both amateur and professional. Regardless of your skill level, membership in our club offers many opportunities to improve your photography, meet people with a common interest in various genres of photography, share ideas and participate in fun and friendly photography outings.

Website: tdpc.ca


f11project is proud to present 'More Than You See' by Amy Rogers at The Rivoli Lounge

March 16th - May 3rd, 2014

Opening Reception: March 20th, 2014.  7 - 10 PM
The Rivoli Lounge. 334 Queen Street West, 2nd Floor, Toronto M5V 2A2

More Than You See

Reflections are the little visual “extras” that the combination of light and reflective surfaces offer us. They are there for the taking, if we even register them as part of our visual landscape.

Most intriguing to me are the reflections that do not exclude that which is on the other side of the window, the inside and outside mingling in one frame. Photographed, these reflections flatten space into complex compositions of transparent, overlapping layers, and in doing so, create virtual vignettes with a story of their own. Taken out of their original context, reflected compositions encourage the viewer to decipher the layers, making sense of forms on one plane dissected by those of another.

Only cropping, to emphasize the details of the layers, has altered these images. No forced overlapping of images, no photoshopping involved.

Images were taken in New York City, Toronto, and Paris (France)

Amy Rogers, a short biography

Amy Rogers is an artist and designer. Always mixing and matching media and techniques, she is comfortable exploring unknown materials and styles to suit her needs. She studied Mixed Media and Fiber Art at the Kansas City Art Institute and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She adored living/working/creating for 10 years in New York City, loved her 4 years in Lyon, France, and is living it up this last 6 in Toronto where she is today. Since moving to Toronto Amy has developed a line of handmade lamps and mobiles, which have been exhibited in Toronto and are available on Amy’s site. She frequently works with young school children in art classes and develops art and craft projects for elementary educators. Her most recent multi-media, fine art ventures show a preoccupation with the phases of life and transitions from one phase to another, the many roles humans play and the situations we find ourselves in, and the tedium of the day-to-day. Her photography work comes from what she sees when she’s not looking to take a photograph.

Feel free to contact her, she loves to chit-chat! She also quite likes questions, sales, and comments!
amy@hereandhere.com

And have a peek at her site!
hereandhere.com


Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2014

f11project is proud to present 'Little Ones' by Victor Yeung at The Rivoli Lounge

May 4th - August 9th, 2014

Opening Reception: May 8th, 2014.  7 - 10 PM
The Rivoli Lounge. 334 Queen Street West, 2nd Floor, Toronto M5V 2A2

Little Ones

Childhood is a magical time. Not only are children growing up physically, but their nascent identities are being forged by their genetic disposition, their particular environment and family dynamics and of course to their individual experiences. It's a mostly idyllic time filled with play and exploration, achievement and frustration, joy and anger, possibly all in half an hour. And since children have yet to learn all the behavioural codes of adulthood, all these experiences are expressed without filters which make for vivid pictures. As a street photographer, I just try to capture these special moments when I see them.

About the artist

Victor Yeung studied photography at York University and Ryerson Polytechnical Institute and now works as a professional photographer specializing in people and places. Victor can be found wandering the streets of Toronto taking in the sights, sometimes taking pictures. You can see more of his work at:

www.victoryeungphotography.com


Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2014

f11project is proud to present 'Makros' by Louis Au at Kingsway Chiropractic Centre in the Junction

May 1st - August 9th, 2014

Opening Reception: May 3rd, 2014.  6 - 9 PM
Kingsway Chiropractic Centre in the Junction
3021 Dundas Street West, Toronto M6P 1Z4

About this series: Makros

In this series of photographs, Louis explores the world of texture with everyday natural organic objects via macrophotography.

The beautiful natural patterns and arrangements on ordinary fruits and vegetables are presented with a twist. The vegetables and fruits captured up close reveal intimate textures and intricate design only nature can offer.

About the artist

Hi, my name is Louis Au. I was born on the other side of the planet and now I make my bed in Toronto. Along the way I fell in love with photography, earned a BFA and learned figure drawing among other things. Curiosity is vital. I am passionate about seeing the culturally diverse world through the lens of my camera while capturing stories at 1/125th of a second.

I’ve been called a travel, event and fine art image maker. Photography has been my profession for the past 20 plus years. From my early days inhaling chemicals in the darkroom to pixel peeping in front of my computer screen now, the creative process of image making remains unchanged. It is always about “capturing” the moment, regardless of the medium.

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f11project is proud to present 'Photographs' by Tim Hanson at The Rivoli Lounge

August 10th - November 8th, 2014

The Rivoli Lounge. 334 Queen Street West, 2nd Floor, Toronto M5V 2A2

 

About the Photographs

I am never sure what to say about my photographs that would bring anything useful to the viewer. Even for myself I find that I am often undecided, ambivalent about the significance or meaning of my particular endeavour.

If I ask myself what it is that I like about the work of others who I most admire; the answer is their the simplicity. I like photographs that organize and simplify, that abstract. Something that black and white photographs can be particularly good at doing. The monochrome image seems to strip away to the bones, to the essentials. However the abstraction and the order is also a revealing - not only in the sense that they are about some thing - but here is a revealing of something that is not alone in either the photograph or the photographed. And so this relationship between the object, the photograph, and the reality being documented is always for me paradoxically complex and mysterious.

Tim studied painting at the Ontario College of Art and has a degree in Fine Art from the University of Guelph. At Guelph he studied with Eric Cameron and was involved in the early use of video in art installations. His work was included in the Videoscapes exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario and has been shown in galleries in Canada and in Europe.

He has worked in various capacities in the theatre for most of his life, this year counting as his 32nd season at the Stratford Festival.

You can check out Tim's work at twhanson.ca


Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2015

f11project is proud to present 'Buddhism in Nepal' by Louis Au at Kingsway Chiropractic Centre in the Junction

May 1st - June 30th, 2015

Opening Reception: May 2nd, 2015.  6 - 9 PM
Kingsway Chiropractic Centre in the Junction
3021 Dundas Street West, Toronto M6P 1Z4

 

About the series

Religion in Nepal is an intricate mix of faiths, traditions, festivals and doctrines. Nepal is the world’s only Hindu nation with 87% of Nepalese officially declared Hindus. Buddhism is the second largest religion in this mountain kingdom and Buddhist influences permeate all layers of the society. Due to the close proximity to Tibet, Tibetan Buddhism is the most dominant and widely practiced form of buddhism in this tiny kingdom.

The intermingling of Hindu and Buddhist beliefs and practices is commonplace with Hindus worshipping at Buddhist temples and Buddhists worshipping at Hindu temples. This rich dual faith tradition binds both groups together and ensure social coherence. 

The images in this exhibit connect the viewers to the daily religious objects and acts of worship that were captured from a recent 2013 trip to Nepal.

. Louis Au


f11project is proud to present 'The Wonders of Georgian Bay' by Susan Manzer and Steve Donnelly at The Rivoli Lounge

March 15th - June 27th, 2015

The Rivoli Lounge. 334 Queen Street West, 2nd Floor, Toronto M5V 2A2

 

Franklin Island is located near Snug Harbour in Georgian Bay, and is a part of the Georgian Bay UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This beautiful piece of crown land is abundant in wildlife, and is known for its unique shoreline contrasts, and stunning night skies.  My photographs are reflective of Franklin’s varying landscapes and inspiring night scenery, including shots of the Milky Way.

. Susan Manzer

About the artist

Susan Manzer: I live in Thamesford, Ontario with my husband Jim and daughter Sara. Jim and have been farming for 30 years. I’ve always had an interest in photography and a few years ago took the beginners photography course at Fanshawe college in London, Ontario. I don’t have a lot of experience with photography and going to Franklin Island was my first workshop. I enjoy landscape photography and look forward to travelling other parts of the world to photograph their amazing landscapes and wildlife.


When the opportunity came up to photograph on Franklin Island I jumped at the chance.  This island is a stunning piece of wilderness in the Unesco Georgian Bay Biopshere Reserve.  Franklin Island boast incredible rock formations, wind sweep vegetation, crystal clear water and intense darkness making it ideal location for night photography.

About the artist

Steve Donnelly has lived in London, Ontario all of his life, attended the University of Western Ontario and worked at Kelloggs Canada Inc for his entire career retiring early from the Packaging Operations Manager Position. Always an avid nature lover, photography became a tool to capture great moments of this passion. Photography has almost become an obsession for the past 3 to 4 years. My main focus is on Wildlife and Landscape Photography, I have been very fortunate to have won several international awards for my work and currently have work hanging in galleries in New York and London.


f11project is proud to present 'Bryan Wilcox Photography' at The Rivoli Lounge

June 28th - August 29th, 2015

Opening: July 9th, 2015  7-10pm

The Rivoli Lounge. 334 Queen Street West, 2nd Floor, Toronto M5V 2A2

 

About this series:

Have you lost your marbles? 
 
You have probably heard or used this expression yourself. It likely had something to do with playing the very competitive childhood games that involved marbles during the first half of the 20th century in North America.
 
The first marbles were produced from stone, primarily limestone, although other materials such as agate and alabaster were used. The manufacture of earthenware marbles became very popular in the 1800s, and by the 1840s glass marbles were being made in Germany. 

I love the look and feel of marbles. My eye is always drawn to the well worn, abused and damaged pieces - they have so much more character unlike the commercial photography world strives for the perfect product.

This exhibit shows a few marbles that I have collected over the years from Canada, USA and Cuba. I hope the images bring back some thoughts of your own past.

enjoy!

~ Bryan Wilcox

About the artist:

Bryan Wilcox was fortunate to grow up in a family that shared a unique passion for the craft of photography. His mother originally worked as a hand-colouring artist in a Montreal photo lab back in the 1940’s. In the years that followed, his father perfected his photography skills in the family darkroom, developing black and white images for family and friends. 

Since 1978, Bryan has been photographing automobiles and architecture in black and white imagery, then painstakingly hand tinting his selected prints. His work has exhibited at Toronto’s ‘One of a Kind Craft Show’, the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit, and the Los Angeles Photography Center. Wilcox has participated in numerous group shows across Canada and his work is represented in collections in the United States, Canada and Hong Kong.

www.wilcoxcameraart.com


'Once' by Nino Ardizzi at The Rivoli Lounge

August 30th - November 29th, 2015

The Rivoli Lounge. 334 Queen Street West, 2nd Floor, Toronto M5V 2A2
 

About this series:

In life, we encounter strangers on a daily basis where we have the opportunity to connect 1:1 with each other. What do you do in that moment of eye contact? Do you pretend not to notice or do you seize the opportunity and make a connection?

These images represent my “ONCE”. One time chance encounters with complete strangers. In spite of growing up in a world where we are taught at a very young age to fear & “never talk to strangers”, I personally love seizing these moments to connect with a stranger, however brief. Sometimes they result in rich conversations and sometimes they are fleeting moments of connection as photographer and subject.

Ultimately, my life has been enriched having been touched by these individuals. I know I will likely never see them again as they will never see me again. However, in spite of this fleeting moment, they remain burned in my memory with fondness and frozen in time by the magic of photography.

My thanks and appreciation to each of you for taking the risk to say hello with me… a total stranger!

~ Nino Ardizzi

About the artist

Creatively, Nino expresses himself through photography. His life long passion for photography began when he took his dad’s Pentax camera to his first ever rock concert of Genesis’ Trick of the tail” and he has been “shooting” ever since. Rock concert photography [when cameras were still allowed - LOL] eventually transitioned to travel photography. 

At the age of 23 he took his passion for photography on the road and went to “find himself” while backpacking though Europe. A significant part of his self discovery was establishing an intimate relationship with his travelling companion – “My Pentax”.

Eventually Nino found the confidence to shoot his “favourite subject,” the female body, through fellow photographer Johan Sorenson. “Johan inspired me to trust myself and introduced me to the intimate world of nude photography”

Nino attributes a significant influence in his creative development to Didier Dorval, Louis Au, and Johan Sorenson.

Outside photography, Nino is the father of two extraordinary girls, Madison and Elise, lives with the love of his life Tammy and has been managing his own financial planning practice since 1992

Nino is a Toronto native and is self taught in photography.

Website: dizzifoto.com

Facebook: dizzi foto


f11project is proud to present 'Collage' by Eric Colquhoun at The Rivoli Lounge

November 29th, 2015 - January 30th, 2016

Opening: January 7th, 2015  7-10pm

The Rivoli Lounge. 334 Queen Street West, 2nd Floor, Toronto M5V 2A2

 

About this series:

The work shown here is a collection of work that I produced for both personal projects and commissioned illustration work over a number of years.

There is no thematic string that ties all of the work together but they are connected by a stylistic approach to creating images using found objects, ephemera- like board game pieces and photographs etc as the design elements. My work has been influenced by artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Kurt Schwitters and Fred Otnes among others.

The images shown are a combination of collage, 3 dimensional assemblage and digital montage work.

~ Eric Colquhoun

About the artist

Back in 1969, my grade 2 teacher commented on my report card that “Eric’s artwork is detailed and interesting.” I don’t know if Mrs. Dove had a keen eye for art or not, but I have enjoyed making pictures of one kind or another pretty much ever since.

I graduated from the Illustration program of Sheridan College and worked in various jobs in the graphics/ communications business for 20 years. While working as a freelance artist I created illustrations for a variety of clients in both Canada and the United States. I now teach high school.

I was born and raised in Toronto and still call it home. 
~ Eric Colquhoun


F11PROJECT IS PROUD TO PRESENT 'THE WONDERS OF BRUCE PENINSULAR' GROUP SHOW AT THE RIVOLI LOUNGE

January 31st - April 23rd, 2016

The Rivoli Lounge. 334 Queen Street West, 2nd Floor, Toronto M5V 2A2

Photography by Jill Lam, Iris Leung and Susan Manzer.

The Bruce Peninsula National Park is on the northern tip of the Bruce Peninsula between Georgian Bay and Lake Huron.  The Bruce Peninsula consists of limestone cliffs, ancient forests, caves and the Niagara Escarpment as its base. 

My photographs are reflective of the rugged shorelines and their natural beauty. 

Susan Manzer, I live in Thamesford, Ontario with my husband Jim and daughter Sara.  Over the past few years I started my photography journey, although I haven’t travelled far I have enjoyed where I’ve been.  Always having an interest in photography a few years ago I took a photography course at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario.  At the current time I have completed two outdoor workshops in Ontario, but aspire to extend my passion for photography to other parts of the world in the near future.

~ Susan Manzer


My name is Jill Lam. This is my first photography workshop. And also my first time to Bruce Peninsula National Park. We stayed at the Yurts near Cyprus Lake. I took this picture at the first morning. The Cyprus Lake is peaceful and beautiful.

This picture I took at the shore inside the national park.  I like the turquoise waters and also the rock of the escarpment cliffs along Bruce Peninsula National Park's Georgian Bay shoreline.

~ Jill Lam


BEAUTY OF NIGHT SKIES

I took this picture at the Little Cove. This was my first outdoor expedition with experienced photographers, Louis and Ariel.

Primarily, I set the camera focus on the Polaris. My intention was to make a time-lapse to capture a sequence of frames. This photo was one of the images found in the collection. In this picture, I found the Milky Way, the Northern Lights and a meteoroid.

 

BRAVO

This photo was taken from the Boulder Beach of the Bruce Peninsula and the scene inspired me. I believe that this picture is representative of my mentality. No matter the situation, I do not waver and I have the strength to embark on any challenge!

~ Iris Leung