THE WATER ISSUE
AMY ROMER THE LAST SALMON RUN
BENJAMIN VON WONG
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“ My work considers the interconnectedness of global water systems. The beauty of water in all its forms makes me conscious of how I contribute to its importance.”
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EDITOR ’ S NOTE
STILL WATERS RUN DEEP
WATER IS A LOADED THEME FOR A PHOTOGRAPHER TO EXPLORE.
Images of water can trigger highly emotive responses that run the gamut from easy, warm summer memories at the local pool to activist movements fighting toxic waste dumping and our terrible treatment of marine life. There’s no question that water is essential to life from a scientific perspective. I’m excited to present a number of photographers in this edition that make it their life’s work to spell out ways that we as a society continue to self-harm by how we treat this crucial element. Amy Romer’s documentary investigations into salmon in British Columbia and commercial photographer Benjamin Von Wong’s incredible international constructions both present us with eye-opening facts and figures on industrial activity. These incredible Canadian photographers clearly demonstrate a need for change.
We also look to water for mental health and healing, as Ruth Kaplan’s Bathers work
presents. We look to water as creative fuel, as seen in Osheen Harruthoonyan’s work. We look to water to anchor our community, as the Scarborough Made crew shares. We look to water to both sustain and inspire us all. I hope all of our readers find fresh motivations to dive into new water-based directions from this edition.
Looking ahead, our Winter 2023 edition will focus on the theme of LAND, another equally contentious and inspiring theme for Canadian photographers to sink their feet into.
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A FEW WATER-BASED RESOURCES WE RECOMMEND
BY ALAN BULLEY
POOLS: LOUNGING, DIVING, FLOATING, DREAMING: PICTURING LIFE AT THE SWIMMING POOL
Editor Lou Stoppard
If you live in suburban North America, a satellite map view of your neighbourhood will no doubt reveal numerous turquoise blue shapes. Yes, we are deeply, hopelessly in love with the pool.
Through a series of chapters with titles such as “Escape,” “Holiday” and “Coming of Age,” Pools takes the reader through lazy summer afternoons lavishly buoyed up with photographs, paintings, and sunny reflections on swimming pools. Lou Stoppard makes sure that the sun is always shining, no one gets sunburned, and there is no running on the deck.
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THE WATER WALKER
For too many Indigenous communities in Canada, people cannot drink the water that comes out of their taps and parents are advised not to bathe their children in it. The Water Walker debuted at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival and packs a lot into a brief documentary that combines media footage, video, visual art, and a voiceover by actor Graham Greene. The film follows Anishinaabe activist Autumn Peltier as she prepares to deliver an address to the UN to highlight the deplorable state of our planet’s water. Whether at home on the Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory on Manitoulin Island or meeting with political figures, Autumn delivers a blunt and timely message: “You can’t eat money; you can’t drink oil.”
2020, Director Jamie Burns
Featuring Autumn Peltier, Stephanie Peltier, Ciara Peltier, and Graham Greene
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WATER VIEWS: RIVERS LAKES OCEANS
By David Ondaatje
Canadian-born David Ondaatje has assembled a collection of images taken on several continents that pay tribute to his love of watery vistas. Captured by drone, his well-executed photographs offer viewers unique views of water from above. David also references the negative impacts of human development on our planet, and notes his contributions to humanitarian causes and the publisher’s purchase of carbon credits to offset the impacts of printing.
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WETLAND PROJECT: EXPLORATIONS IN SOUND, ECOLOGY AND POST-GEOGRAPHICAL ART
By Brady Marks and Mark Timmings
Wetland Project is … an experience. It may look like a book, but it’s the closest you can get to a feet-wet, senses-full visit to a marsh teeming with wildlife while sitting in your favourite chair. Based on a 24-hour recording of wetland on Saturna Island, British Columbia, there’s not a lot of photography here, but the essays, listener reactions, algorithmically generated bold colours and musical scores all keyed to high-quality sound are worth the time spent. (Pro tip: You’ll want to “read” the book by following the QR-coded links with a pair of headphones or good speakers). This book richly suggests a way that photographers and other visual artists can go beyond the two-dimensional page or gallery wall to make their work more immersive. As a book, Wetland Project is an ecological adventure that doesn’t recognize the limits of the traditional print format.
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BELOW: SM founders Alex Narvaez and Sid Naidu
BELOW LEFT: SM youth artist
INSET: Ziyaad Haniff
SCARBOROUGH MADE: MAKING WAVES
BY SID NAIDU
SCARBOROUGH MADE (SM) IS A SOCIAL IMPACT ORGANIZATION that champions documentary storytelling through photography and video in Toronto’s East. Co-founded by Alex Narvaez and Sid Naidu in 2019, the group aims to shift how underserved neighbourhoods are portrayed in the media.
SM inspires emerging BIPOC youth interested in pursuing creative work professionally. The project provides mentorship and employment opportunities, supporting emerging creatives to build documentary storytelling, public art, and community engagement skills.
When we started building this project, we saw a need to address the lack of creative opportunities for youth. Engaging youth in photojournalism also engages wider community conversations around us.
Access to sports and recreational facilities is essential to community resilience, providing safe spaces for youth to develop and engage with formal and informal support networks.
The Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC) is a world-class facility and recreational space in Scarborough that houses two Olympic-sized pools. A legacy of the 2015 Toronto Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, it is co-owned by the City of Toronto and the University of Toronto Scarborough. This sports centre exemplifies how civic and educational institutions can unite to foster stronger communities and future athletes in water sports.
Ziyaad Haniff engaged with SM after visiting several of our public art activations. He joined as a youth project lead to help us develop a public art installation in Scarborough’s Golden Mile.
Working on our communications and community outreach, Ziyaad learned to identify strong story leads and for this project, he built a connection with the Shadow Water Polo Club. This local non-profit club is operated by parents and caregivers to support youth and engage them in recreational and competitive water polo.
The club runs their practices at the Pan Am Centre pool, with its teams competing internationally for Team Canada.
RIGHT: “Environmental Portrait of Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre Pool” by Nithursan Elamuhilan
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Ziyaad documented the story of emerging athlete Cianne Benjamin from the Women’s Youth (U17) National Team, who competed recently in the PanAm Aquatics championship in Brazil.
“What struck me about this story is that a local water polo organization in my neighbourhood, run by volunteers, is thriving and nurturing athletes and future Olympians to compete on the world stage. With support and direction from SM, I got a better idea of how to produce my interview with Cianne and frame my shots to amplify my story,” says Ziyaad.
Nithursan Elamuhilan joined SM in our inaugural mentorship program in 2019. Still engaged with SM by leading special projects, he has also gone on to produce his own public art projects with the City of Toronto. He recently returned to SM to produce this special project about the Pan Am Centre and the Shadow Water Polo Club.
“Working with SM on documenting stories gave me a significant focus, where I no longer just look to capture stories based on my interest and networks. SM showed me the importance of highlighting voices I was unfamiliar with to get a more diverse range of narratives that can be shared with people who may not know about my community.
I live in the neighbourhood and saw the space before the Pan Am Centre was built. This space now truly anchors the community.
This project was my first time shooting action sports, and there was a lot I had to learn quickly on the technical side to get the right shots. It was an incredible experience that made me feel more connected to my community. Whenever I go past the facility, I know I’ll look at the pool differently.”
As SM continues to grow by working within our local community empowering youth artists early in their careers, it’s clear already that sharing these fresh photojournalists’ stories builds stronger, positive local connections for our wider city. We hope these small stories inspire creatives and community groups across Canada to dive in and activate their own local initiatives.
For more information about this project, please visit www.scarboroughmade.com
ABOVE: “Portrait of Cianne Benjamin, Water Polo Athlete” by Ziyaad Haniff
BELOW: “Environmental Portrait of Shadow Water Polo Club Boys Team” by Nithursan Elamuhilan
“What struck me about this story is that a local water polo organization in my neighbourhood, run by volunteers, is thriving and nurturing athletes and future Olympians to compete on the world stage.”
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GuruShots’ challenges are voted on by the platform’s Gurus and the wider community, with a fresh challenge every day. Winners can receive prizes from GuruShots’ sponsors such as Adorama, Kodak, Lowepro, and Lensbaby.
From long-exposure landscapes to delicate detailed droplets, the Water Wonders Challenge showcases a world of wonderful interpretations on this theme.
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1. GURU’S TOP PICK WINNER Ismail Rimah • Maldives
2. Shanky Yvette • Australia
3. David Samuel dos Santos Sousa • Switzerland
4. TOP PHOTO WINNER Roland Hank • Germany
5. Alisa Hug • USA
6. Arta Berzina • Latvia
7. Bertrand Cherpillod • Switzerland
8. Cindy Radmacher • Canada
9. Wade Schmidt • USA
10. Euan Urquhart • UK
11. Unnamed • Australia
12. Jack Zhou • Canada
13. Janae Berry • USA
14. Linda Pinkston-Sanford • USA
15. Margarida Afonso Silva • Portugal
16. Maria Fremming • Denmark
17. Michael Firmbach • Germany
18. Myrna Gordon-Covelli • South Africa
19. Nikolay Tatarchuk • Israel
20. Rémi • France
21. Roberto Valdes • Cuba
22. Yuriria Arenas • Mexico
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23. TOP PHOTOGRAPHER WINNER Andrew Muhlhauser • USA
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Comprising nearly 300,000 photographs by more than 6,000 image-makers, the Black Star Collection at The Image Centre is one of the world’s most important archives of photojournalism.
See this remarkable collection in the exhibition Stories from the Picture Press: Black Star Publishing Co. & The Canadian Press, on view September 13, 2023–April 6, 2024 (holiday closure: December 10, 2023–January 16, 2024).
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Kosti Ruohamaa, Untitled [A fishing vessel in a squall, Georges Bank, Maine, United States], 1957, gelatin silver print. Black Star Collection, The Image Centre
eulogy for a glacier
Photographic emulsion is encased in water collected from glacier runoff, refrozen, then documented as it liquifies. The emulsion, a thin skin, is left behind as the ice melts. As the climate crisis continues, and as glaciers melt and die, how can we memorialize them?
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EAU explores water’s mesmerizing mechanics, undeniable beauty, and urgent call for restoration. Capturing its diverse manifestations, I reveal the ethereal interplay of light & water, evoking awe and inspiring action to protect this source of life, wonder and joy.
IG: @martine_cote martinecote.com
New York, US
The Pilgrimage to Lac Ste. Anne in Alberta where the water is said to have healing powers.
RUSSELL SATTERTHWAITE EVERGLADES FROM BELOW Georgetown, USA
Part of the series about the Florida Everglades.
Danger lurks in stillness as the shark glides through the water without disturbing it. Sharks were photographed digitally and printed using the historical process of Cyanotype.
CAREY SHAW Carmen/Katepwa Saskatoon, SK Moments of enormity and the quiet of water. www.careyshaw.com
Dissipation: Traces of a Vanishing Landscape Vancouver, BC
Arctic glaciers, from which fresh water released, are disappearing at an alarming accelerated melting of glacial ice is to warming global temperatures and and are symptoms of climate change, humans. The melting icebergs, captured Atlantic, are monumental, and their disappearance reflects upon our own ephemerality, temporality, recognizing that we are of not beside it, and the relationship reciprocal, are engulfed into the sea.
water icebergs are alarming rate. The contributing sea level rise change, created by captured in the North disappearance fragility and of nature and reciprocal, as they
A quick give it a try shot, with a Panasonic HDC camcorder (3CCD sensor and Leica zoom lens), of two starfish in an aquarium, in a dark room at the Toronto Zoo. The reflections upon the water surface lend an unexpected bilateral symmetry to the moment the two starfish interact. Creating an exquisite watery moment in time.
HEATHER DOUGHTY As One
We consume water everyday in our bodies and in our lives but we do not pause to reflect and give thanks on it’s journey. We do not remember that one day the water within us will ultimately fall from the clouds onto our skin. In a collaboration with interpretive dancer Madison Sheward, I asked her to become the water that surrounded her and to move through the landscape as if she was water. I asked her to give the water human form. I used slow shutter and ICM photography to truly blur the lines between her body and the water and then combined those images with conventionally shot images to create the story of water dancing on the beach between storms. Through these images I hope to raise awareness of how we need to respect water, to conserve and to preserve it and to give thanks for it’s journey.
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Emergent reconfiguration of boundaries between fragments and assemblies (Deer Lake - Water)
This image is composed from 3 months of time-lapse photographs decomposed into tens of thousands of fragments. The variation of fragments results in a radical shift of the aesthetic from photo-collage into painterly abstraction composed of marks and gestures.
This series articulates a space between photo-realism and abstraction, enabled by the decomposition of photographs. Using digital tools, I emphasize the boundaries that separate continuity. I work with methods that break images down into components and reconfigure boundaries by arranging fragments on the image-plane according to their shape and colour such that their individual identities dissolve. Individuals become marks, each contributing to a larger whole, over such a scale of repetition that the whole becomes unreadable and the individual often lost within it.
From One Star, Millions
Part of a larger project titled, ‘Persistence of Vision’, the ‘From One Star, Millions’ series is a study of water that takes advantage of the cameras ability to create multiple exposures to produce images capturing overlapping layers of time and space.
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The Life Force
This work is a contemplation of our spiritual and essential-physical connection with water. Water is spirituality and eventuality. It is a translucent miracle of shape and form, ever changing. Water is our most valuable resource.
When I made the decision to be a fine art photographer; I could not have anticipated how connected that decision would bring my own spirituality and humanity into play - with the elements of our very existence.
ATIA POKORNY WATER
I aim to show the interconnectedness of the global water systems: from the oceans, to rivers, lakes, creeks and to all the littoral life forms along the edges. My work combines an image of an iceberg floating in the Atlantic Ocean with various images of the lakeshore on a small lake in central Ontario. The beauty and importance of water in all its forms—liquid, and frozen—makes me very conscious of how I can contribute to its protection.
Caledon Village, ON
I’ve always been drawn to water. We start in water, and are dependent on it to survive. It represents countless beginnings.
Zurriola Beach Toronto, ON
At Zurriola Beach I watch the surfers in the waves of the North Atlantic. I aim to capture the joy of riding the waves that follows the patience of waiting for the right wave.
I like breaking rules when I shoot. Putting things out of focus in the foreground, shooting through the water to get the refractions it causes, or going in close to create abstracts from nature. IG
Passage Toronto, ON
My family came to Canada by ship, and most of my childhood holidays included travel by ferry. These photographs frame the possibility of my life in Canada. I have always ached for the comfort and connection that water views bring me.
IG: @tobi_asmoucha tobiphoto.com
We are all water Toronto, ON
A series featuring the RC Harris Water Filtration Plant, and its symbolic and physical connection to Lake Ontario. Executed over the course of 12 months, the images of the so-called “Palace of Purification,” document the structures and site in all.
LEFT: THE TIDE’S RETREAT
Water sloshing in the distance, the fresh smell of seaweed, and - nearby - the whisper of pine branches moved by the same evening breeze that is slowly pushing a few clouds above. The bay is my happy place.
RIGHT: THE BEST PLACE ON EARTH
Calm waves rustling over the beach pebbles, the whoosh of the wind through the rock sculptures, and the clinking of dishes as dinner is being prepared. Perfect evening.
Tiny Tears Fill An Ocean
We are made of water and salt.
These images of water are soaked in sea water and when evaporated crystalline traces of salt remain.
A series about pausing to appreciate the details of one’s surroundings. Whether you’re studying the intricate venous system of a weed growing through the fence or admiring glistening raindrops on a discarded bouquet, there is always an opportunity to take a break from the seemingly unsolvable problems of life and centre oneself with beauty.
ANAÏS ARE Found Beauty
JENNIFER GILBERT, CPA Journey to the Center Tottenham, ON
Water is able to transform into whatever it needs to be. Water can be vulnerable yet ferocious, calming yet frightening. Water always finds a way. This image represents my journey to find my centre in life and in spirit. www.jennifergilbert.ca
Doris’ Cat Rescue
99 year old Doris and I collaborated on many “Dream Scenes.” This one is based on a nightmare she had that she was drowning, but that she had to save her cats. Doris never learned how to swim. This image was made with a green screen and a touch of Photoshop.
Part collaboration, part studio portrait, Davis’ DREAM SCENES lie at the intersection of the formal and the familial, the public and the private realm. Through these
funny, frightening, poignant photos, Davis empowers senior citizens to express their long held fantasies, or nightmares, virtually. Davis has worked with hundreds of seniors in retirement residences and long-term care centres since 2017.
Up close and far away Toronto, ON
This close up view of moss and shadows on rocks under water appears to also be a topographical aerial image taken from a distance. It was a fun surprise to discover this when editing the images after a day of shooting. Magical nature is always so awe inspiring.
Moving water in a marsh. Magical beings emanate from the water appearing along the line of symmetry. These evocative mirror images present mysterious anthropomorphic beings or “Naiad Spirits.” In classical Greek mythology, Naiads were female nature deities associated with fresh water. The Naiads were associated with fountains, lakes, rivers, marshes and wetlands. Often depicted as beautiful maidens, they were seen as protectors of girls and healers but they could also be jealous and dangerous at times. These celestial water nymphs were considered as goddessprotectors of the water. With the importance of water, the Naiads were loved by the gods and were highly regarded and worshiped. These fictitious water spirits are other worldly and magical. Naiads were believed to have inspired poets and are associated with fairies and elves. In each individual composition, shapes emerge from the reflections on the surface of the water.
Echoes of water
For me, water is life. Our survival depends on water. My image explores the relationship between humans and nature. Water pollution has increased due to disconnection from nature.
Crash Into me
Crash into me. View of a stream, crashing into rocks. The idea behind this is that although we crash and can hit into life pretty hard, we are still a gift, we are still strong, and beautiful. We are still meant to be loved, no matter how hard we crash or fall.
“at the water’s edge” was made in response to my mother’s passing. I made long exposure pinhole photographs of myself, lying, sitting and standing in very cold water as I experienced the loss. The pain and endurance required to make the images echoed my grief experience.
SARAH CRAWLEY at the water’s edge Winnipeg, MB
SIMON J. DAVIES
A koi pond in the Forbidden City in Beijing in 2011.
Water’s Ephemeral Dance
I want to explore the perception of ephemerality by capturing the exciting transformation moments of ice melting in the pool during the transition timeframe from winter to spring. Here, the aesthetics is centred around an interplay of the different ephemeral states of water.
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Breaking the Mirror
Corner Brook, NL
Breaking the Mirror is a series of photographs taken of pools and aquatic spaces in Iceland’s remote Westfjords region. Created during an artist residency in the coastal community of Isafjordur in 2023, the photographs contemplate the country’s enduring relationship to water.
As an artist based in Newfoundland, I was drawn to Iceland due to its shared geography as another subarctic island located in the North Atlantic, with rural coastal communities. Its scale, population, and relative isolation, present similar conditions to many regions in Western Newfoundland; outport communities primarily reliant upon the ebb and flow of the fishing economy resonate in both places.
Despite these similarities, the relationship between water
Bolungarvik Swimming Pool, Iceland 2023
and community in Iceland, particularly swimming, is strikingly different. While both places share countless unfortunate histories of tragedy on the sea, in Iceland, learning to swim has been mandatory for nearly a century and every day school aged children begin their day in the swimming pool, as this is integrated into their curriculum. This cultural activity is supported by the fact that most communities, regardless of population size, feature an aquatic centre (some of which are remarkably elaborate), each with a lap pool, hot tub, and sauna, the majority
of which are heated by the country’s vast network of geothermal infrastructure. This project’s title is a reference to the Icelandic colloquialism that the first person into the water breaks its mirrored surface.
Ísafjörður Swimming Pool, Iceland, 2023
Puddle Abstractions Toronto, ON
On walks in my neighbourhood, since 2016, I began to notice something of interest happening in street puddles. Often in murky or icy ones. What they reflected from above and their surroundings was often unpredictably beautiful, magical and abstract.
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Wave Beauty Toronto, ON
I am enamored by the wonder, colours, and stunning variations one can find in waves as they lap the shores of the Great Lakes.
IG: @firstgareth gpjones1.format.com
A drop in the bucket
Cyanotype print of a wave rolling into shore in Long Beach Tofino.
Port Alberni, BC
camera, flash, tripod, distilled water
La Rivière et la Bergère Gatineau County, QC
The story of the and the river.
River (they/them); creator/sustainer of thoughts past Bergere (she/her); forever beautiful Outaouais. .
the mindful relationship between myself
(they/them); spiritual force of nature (he/him), creator/sustainer (she/her) of fauna and flora and keeper and present.
(she/her); watcher, protector and friend of the beautiful lac Deschenes, part of la riviere des
This series was created during a long sailboat crossing on the Atlantic. My desire on this journey was to photograph the ocean.
How does it feel to be in the middle of nowhere? Somewhere where nature becomes the only thing that matters? For weeks, the ocean has become my universe, my obsession. I wanted to pierce every drop of it, get to know it down to the smallest detail, learn to recognize the slightest change in its mood. I was intrigued, mesmerized, completely bewitched… and then softly lulled.
Sensitive to landscape, my artistic work is the fruit of intimate encounters with nature. My works explore the representation of the moods of the earth. Where are the eyes of the earth? How does the earth communicate with us? What soothes us so much in nature? How do we connect with her?
Quebec City, QC
The subject of this work is the power of water unleashed by powerful winds. On the Gulf Coast, this is a cyclical natural phenomenon caused by the summer warming of the waters in the Gulf of Mexico. The project title refers not only to the moment when hurricane strikes land, but also to the disappearance of the natural barrier once formed by the wetlands of southern Louisiana. The storm is also a motif for the resilience of the local inhabitants, intended to raise awareness of the complex situations related to the causes and effects of the climate crisis. A rising number of hurricanes hit the Gulf Coast every year; their unpredictable routes and intensity can be directly correlated to climate change.
Kids of Summmer
Childhood and summer — both joyous and fleeting. I can still feel the heat of sticky summer nights, belly full of pie, legs swollen with mosquito bites. School’s a distant memory. TV isn’t an option.
The lake, as it sparkles, hints at something menacing beneath.These images evoke those childhood memories: a dreamy, fractured recollection. My subjects work for freezies and hot dogs.
Waves of Light
‘Waves of Light’ is a series that explores the violent and beautiful moments of the sea exploding into the air, illuminated by a setting sun. The resulting photographs capture the almost performative dance of ocean waves reaching up into the light, spotlit for a brief second.
IG: @coreyisenor coreyjisenor.com
Water is a muse.
GERALD WOLFE Water Forms Squamish, BC Ice, waves, fog, and breath. IG: @geraldwolfephotography www.geraldwolfephotography.ca
DERRY LUBELL Playing with Water Vancouver, BC
There is joy in playing with water, whether at a beach or water park. Its sound and movement can mesmerize us, open us up spiritually and totally relax us. Playing with water can make us feel profoundly, deeply and joyfully alive. Water is a powerful life force.
Left: The Water’s Edge
The Clayoquot Sound area on Vancouver Island is one of the most biodiverse areas in the country. Unique ‘edge’ communities occur where the world’s largest ocean meets the coastal lowland rain forests where ten feet of annual freshwater precipitation falls every year.
Right: Rivers in the Air
At any given time, tonnes of water is in the form of water vapour in the Earth’s atmosphere. Condensation and gravity are responsible for depositing that fresh water onto the planet. For decades, I have been documenting how airborne water succumbs to gravity.
ALBERT BEDWARD Water In Me
Richmond Hill, ON
In and around water, I am whole. I seek nothing. Want of nothing. Am nothing but a part of everything in my own way. My fears are teachable moments. My sorrows are insights, understanding of others and life situations. In a nutshell - I am. And that is good enough for me.
Brighton and Hove, UK
Anthony (he/they) is an artist who works across multiple mediums. Drawing from their personal experiences of mental health, autism, being non-binary, and demisexual, Anthony creates art that explores the beauty in everyday life and aims to connect with audiences through art. Their commitment to promoting mental health awareness and empowerment through their creative work is a testament to their artistic vision and dedication.
IG: @beautyinnormalcy + @beautywithpoetry
ED MCDONOUGH The Subjugation of Water Toronto, ON IG: @edphoto123
Serpentine moon, 2023
While on a hike on a particularly warm winter’s day I encountered these unusual and unique ice formations along the rivers edge. In monochrome the melting ice structures resembled rows of hourglass shaped figures formed from liquid metal.
AA091 Silent Echoes
Beauty is found everywhere; from bright dwellings to the rugged rocks and weeds. Boats lying still in the water inspires the observer to contemplate life. The silent serenity is captured through the echoes of the mirrored reflections on the water, emanating peace and tranquility.
ANGELA DEL BUONO
The Mimico Creek runs through Eastbourne Park in Bramalea Ontario. Huge weeping willows provide a serene escape for people and animals. Bonfire pits, seating circles of rubble, handmade bridges, haphazard bird feeders show that people gather around the water.
The resilience of water, which retains its nature despite pollution.
Painting with the Lake Cambridge, ON
The versatility of movement, colour, texture and reflective patterns captivated me for hours on Lake Huron’s shores. Mesmerized by the changing characteristics, I carefully preserved nature’s artistic creations.
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DALE M REID
While I am not a boater or swimmer, I have an affinity for water as the calmness, roughness and smell provides a creative environment.
I have recently been exploring how lumen photography can capture the movement of waves and the shoreline of Lake Ontario. These images are silver-gelatin photographic paper exposed to lake water, sand, and detritus from the shoreline. The lake is always changing. These images serve as an exploration into the motion that the waves create and proof of what happens at the shoreline.
For the occupants of tide pools, oxygen and nutrients are refreshed when high tide arrives, and waves wash.
This series explores Southeastern Ontario’s watershed. These images were taken at Canada’s first underwater statue park in the St. Lawrence River in Brockville, ON. Canada is a society shaped by water. We share our deepest connections to the land, its history and development through our waterways, natural and man-made. These images were produced as handmade platinum/palladium prints utilizing digital negatives. The goal of this project was to synthesize both modern and traditional photo-
graphic methods. Specializing in marine environments, my passion for exploring the natural world is informed by my experience as a photojournalist and marine expedition guide.
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Salt Spring Island, BC
This photo was taken when I put daisies in a wheel barrow full of rain water. I walked by after a few days and thought that they looked so enchanting I shot a bunch of photos with my Nikon DSL camera.
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‘Lurking’, from the Transitions series Stoney Creek, ON
My work explores the concept of change, as it relates to the natural environment and the human condition, as well as the links between geographic landscapes, emotions, and unpredictability. This includes explorations into the intersections of the personal and political, and how one’s personal evolution is influenced by external, ecological, environmental and cultural factors. In the years after the 2008 financial crisis, tourism played a huge role in supporting Iceland’s economic recovery - but at what cost?
“Lurking,” an image from my Transitions series considers the passage of time through the lens of political and environmental uncertainty.
1/12th seconds of postmodern art theory Toronto, ON
Between painting and photography, this work is really about visual language; what we see, what it is, how we interpret it.
Media: Acrylic on paper.
Depths Kingston, ON
While completing my BFA, I began experimenting with photography as its own medium, instead of as the first step in my process as a printmaker. I have been exploring the combination and layering of photos, and am especially drawn to the shapes of reflections on a water’s surface.
Upon looking into water Toronto, ON
Working on a project about rock, I became interested in the shadowy presence of underwater rock and reflected light. In 2021 I began to photograph landscapes visible just below the water’s surface shaped by the complex relationship between water and light.
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H2O in symbiose with nature
Lachine , QC
Water has power to create works of art, to sculpt, shape and coat the objects it encounters in its path. Inspired by the artistic approach of Freeman Patterson, “the art of seeing” beauty beyond technique, I have learned that beauty begins where we are, here and now. I aspire to highlight the beauty of the world around me. I wish to arouse wonder and expose the beauty of this phenomenon.
Lever Factory No. 2
“This image, created with a Lomography Sprocket Rocket, will be on display in October 2023 at Toronto’s Don Mills Library. The exhibition, “Go Wide: Wide Angle View of Toronto”, features panoramic scenes of the city that I have captured over several years.”
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Ancestral Mindscapes / Géographies de l’Intime Toronto, ON
ABOVE: “PENOUILLE WAVES”
PHOTOGRAPH BY RICHARD
“I AM HAUNTED BY WATERS”
PHOTOGRAPH BY GENEVIÈVE THIBAULT
These images are part of a larger collaborative project between Mad Artist Richard Miller, Québécoise photographer Geneviève Thibault, and Cree filmmaker Jules Koostachin.
The collaborators travelled to Gaspésie, Québec, the traditional territories of the Nation Micmac de Gespeg, with the aim of assisting Richard Miller, the subject in this image (left), to reflect on his history of mental illness and suicidal ideation. The work looks to examine the power of nature to alleviate mental illness, and water as a source of healing.
E ROSS BRADLEY
‘Splash’ combines images of a crashing wave from Time Square in New York and a model in my studio, that seem to belong together. Water only occasionally enters my studio work. Living on the prairies, water is not a big influence on my world. My focus is on the human figure and how that fits into our environment.
Edge of Niagara Falls in Winter Toronto, ON
Ice sculptures formed on trees at the edge of Niagara Falls.
Untitled (the solid state of water)
The mesmerizing beauty of an ice-covered landscape. Each image, taken along the Rideau River in Ottawa, transports one to a world transformed by winter, where familiar elements are veiled in a glistening coat of ice.
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MARY L. G. JENSEN
Nothing is Ordinary Richmond, BC
Quotidian walks past the same puddles . . . Mud puddles contain rotting leaves and reflections of the trees around them. Everyone walks past the muddy pools without looking, but the pools are beautiful, even when frozen. I am sharing the beauty I see in the puddles.
The pond at the centre of a Japanese garden celebrates the fleeting magnificence of nature, which transcends the beauty of seasonal changes. Ponds provided a space for self-reflection, allowing individuals to focus on their thoughts, emotions, and spirits.
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Sopheakmit Waterfall along the Mekong River is the largest waterfall in Southeast Asia and the widest waterfall in the world. It is located along the border of Laos and Cambodia in a remote part of Cambodia near Stung Treng. At the end of monsoon season the waterfall is raging and these young monks are enjoying and capturing the impressive sight.
Fishing at Dawn
A fisherman at work in the early hours of the morning on a quiet branch of the Mekong River at Stung Treng, Cambodia. Fish is plentiful and an important part of the Cambodian diet.
Living with Parkinsons‚ I explore the rejuvenation of spent flowers submerged in water.
Water has always been a significant part of my life. It’s ever changing, adaptable, and dream-like. I often believe it is cleansing and often gives wisdom and grace that I need.
In the last couple of years I have been creating long exposures of the Great Lakes; Ontario, Erie and Huron. My goal is to photograph all 5 of them. I have chosen to photograph them in portrait orientation instead of landscape orientation as I aim to capture the ever changing events of the great bodies of waters. This experimental technique changes depending on the water conditions, light, color and other environmental elements.
A debilitated wetland is being brought back to life. This is a next-generation landscape – inherently man-made yet wild and generative, supporting both the local ecology and the health of the water flowing across the city. At the western edge of Ottawa, squeezed between the new DND campus, the 417, a chip manufacturer and a new LRT station, a wetland complex is being restored. It is
more important than ever to shine a spotlight in these fragile waters as wetlands are under threat, putting many valuable ecosystems at risk from filling and development. These images have been celebrated by the rehabilitation project managers for capturing and communicating what they did not see outside of hydrology, species lists and project plans.
Left: Warning Sign
Right: Fresh growth
Reflected Brampton, ON
Every body of water, whether it be a puddle or a lake, reflects light in such a way that it distorts the world in both beautiful and surreal ways. The subject distorted, blurry and foggy symbolizes the different ways we define and view our selves in our world; accurate or not.
Ottawa, ON Water is essential to life: it provides modes of transport; humbles us with power and endurance; has been commercialized; it is essential nourishment and without it we perish. I grew up next to an ocean. The crashing waves or the tickle of the tide receding through the stoney beach drew me in my youth and although I have now spent more than half my life away from that ocean, it calls to me still.
I challenge the viewer to look at the world in a different angle.
Fugue of Beauty - Water
Water has a certain magical quality to it, and can be shaped to a certain extent to reveal the beauty within. An image from my book ‘The Fugue of Beauty’.
BRIAN GROBERMAN Water Flows Burlington, ON BGPhotoAndImaging.ca
There’s beauty in the unknown. The forgotten. The imperfect. When a discarded statue was finally brought to the surface, feelings of isolation and abandonment came over me. Despite this, there is a true beauty to it. My hope is that this photo evokes these emotions in the viewer.
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Drifting Toronto, ON
A series of images that captures the movement of water as it playfully drifts and, along with it, drifts the autumn leaves.
Selfie Scarborough, ON
I put the bucket of water under the dripping gutter, positioned myself and took a ‘selfie’.
Looking At Water- a Wave
By living close to a body of water it is a choice to visit it every day. It calms me and I breathe deeper when I’m there. I look deeply at the natural beauty of water in all it’s forms.
WATER WATER EVERYWHERE
Water is life. It can be in the form of a small droplet or as big as the ocean. You can reflect it...Or sit by it for reflection. It can contain food, or submerge it and cleanse it.
Horses and riders play in a local pond. Water is enjoyable for everyone.
East Lansing, USA
Water a reflective canvas. Elements of the composition travel through the canvas: under ice and over leaves. Color, line, shape, and self-portraits are abstracted in the water, interrupting the meditative tranquility of the water.
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As a paddler I made my way through dangerous water by reading water. As a photographer, I’ve discovered reflections and pools of light perfect for abstract images. Let this image be your entry into a journey of your own: ‘reading water.’
PHIL WEBERToronto, ON
The beauty and calming nature of water. Aikman Lake, Parry Sound.
Giligan’s Wake Toronto, ON
The power and beauty of Lake Ontario in an almost completely blue composition taken from a large moving boat.
SHELLEY WILDEMAN AT THE GORGE
I travelled to Slovenia in 2022, and found that the Slovenians are very proud of their dramatic, mountainous country — spending time in the landscape is very popular. Rivers seemed to be particularly important in the largely landlocked country.
The clear, cold Soça River cascades down from the Alps, creating a variety of spectacular water features in its journey. At the Soça Gorge, the river becomes accessible. The icy, aquamarine pools tempt onlookers for a dip, but only the bravest can last for more than a minute. Still, people are drawn to water, it’s where they want to be.
This piece is part of my work to capture and reveal public spaces over time. By combining and overlaying multiple images, a new image emerges that reveals the vitality of the space. Public spaces are filled with life, energy and memory. The viewer may feel the movement and change within the photograph, as if they were sitting there, taking in the scene themselves. IG:
LEFT: Now or Never
A mixed media tapestry about the state of the environment. Focused on the health of aquatic life impacted by climate change and inspired by the IPCC AR6 report; impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability.
RIGHT: 2:00 Transience
An unprocessed cyanotype print frozen in an eternal state of incompleteness. Lacking water, this print embodies untapped potential and serves as a poignant metaphor for the scarcity and fragility of water.
Ice and Water
The interplay of ice and water during Toronto winters.
I am enthralled by the diversity of the visual modifications that water exerts on our perceived reality. The colour intensification, distortion and magnification it generates are astounding. It is a powerful catalyst for revealing nature’s hidden mysteries, magic and wonders.
Jordan Station, ON
My photography concentrates on my interpretation of the essential elements of the subject, to abstract a visual expression that sees beyond the literal. To do this, I use the techniques of composition - lines, balance, space, perspective, texture, pattern, light and time to create an image.
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