News – January 30, 2018

30 01 2018

Peter Barss to Speak at the Bridgewater Photo Club, a talk entitled “Developing a Style and Theme” on February 13th at 7pm, MARC on Leary Fraser Road. Keep an eye on the website for weather related cancellations, we usually post by 4pm if there is a cancellation.

On Tuesday, February 13th from 7-10pm the Bridgewater Photo Club is pleased to have Peter Barss as their guest speaker for the evening. The Photo Club meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays every month from September to May. Meetings are held at the MARC on Leary Fraser Road. For more information on the guest speakers, field trips and photo contests visit the club’s website at Bridgewaterphotoclub.ca or email us at info@bridgewaterphotoclub.ca.

Peter Barss, a former high school English teacher, turned his long-term hobby, photography, into a profession when he moved to Nova Scotia to avoid being drafted to fight in the Vietnam War. Three books of his work have been published and his work has appeared in many publications and collections in Canada and the United States. He is currently working on a long-term photographic project on Iceland. For more information on Peter or to see his images visit peterbarss.com.

Peter’s talk is entitled Developing a Style and Theme and will focus on pictures he took of the landscape in Iceland. After spending close to two years working out a theme and style that he felt expressed his relationship with Nature he spent five weeks traveling in Iceland.

Peter believes that nature photography is heavily weighted toward “pretty” images—sunsets, rainbows, colourful fall foliage, and so on. That emphasis is not the full truth. In addition to the pretty quality we find in Nature the world around us is also always a threat. It is that dichotomy of light and dark that Peter reflects in his photography. Iceland is pretty, very pretty but there are few places on earth where Nature is so clearly a constant threat- an island sitting on top a volcano. Peter’s pictures of Iceland intrigue viewers, but the more they look the more they see and feel an underlying danger.

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