Monday, 25 October 2010
"My work challenges the view of photography as a way to "capture an instant in time." By using pinhole cameras and long exposure times I record, not an instant, but rather the passage of time at a site. Viewers have said that my work evokes the memory-image that remains for them long after they have viewed a familiar location. I think this recognizes the importance I have always assigned to time, memory, and capturing the essence of the place, in my images of architectural icons and classic travelers destinations.
Much of my work centers around contemplative spaces and offers a meditation on time's movement within a still image. Time and light, movement and stillness, memory and the observer: these elements link all of the diverse images I create.
In response to my work curator Ihor Holubizky once wrote: 'The prolonged exposure time - three, five or ten minutes - is a transformative process that is inseparable from the alchemical process and phenomenon. The photographic moment can, by extension, be equated to the time it takes to hear a song, recount an event, read a letter, or remember how you got there, and back.' "(DIANNE BOS)
Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Bos received her B.F.A. from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick and currently divides her time between the foothills of the Rockies and the Pyrenees. Her photographs have been exhibited internationally in numerous group and solo exhibitions since 1981 and are currently of featured in the nationally touring exhibitions Time and Space (University of Lethbridge Art Gallery) and Dark Matter: The Great War and Fading Memory (Confederation Centre of the Arts).
Bos''s photographic work has appeared in a number of international publications. Her garden photography and writing have been published in both Canadian, American and Japanese magazines. In 2005 she was awarded the National Magazine Gold Medal Award for a series on the adventures of medieval house buying in France.
Bos is represented by Jennifer Kostuik Gallery (Vancouver); Edward Day Gallery (Toronto); NewZones (Calgary), Colins, Lefebvre & Stoneberger (Montreal); Davis/ Waldron Gallery (Atlanta, Georgia).
☁ DIANNE BOS