Recently I posted a blog summarizing Calgary’s impressive list of festivals for 2018. Not surprisingly, I couldn’t include all of the 100+ festivals that take place in Calgary each year.
However, there is one I should have included, that being the Exposure Photography Festival, Feb 1 to 18, 2018.
For photography buffs (isn’t everyone these days?) this is a “must see” festival. Indeed, photography has become a key element of everyday life, around the world. Today, thanks to smart phones being camera toowe communicate with photos as much as we do words.
Why write it down when you can just take a photo? After all, isn’t a picture worth a thousand words?
Fun Begins At Eau Claire Market
The Exposure Photography Festival 2018 kicks off at Eau Claire Market at 10 am on Saturday, February 3, when two former retail spaces, transformed into temporary Exposure Galleries, open to the public. The two galleries will feature three exhibitions - Open Call exhibition (juried by Andrea Kunard, Associate Curator of Photography, National Gallery of Canada), Emerging Photographers Showcase (EPS) and a solo exhibition by Blake Chorley, the 2017 winner of the EPS.
At 1 pm there is a walking tour of The FENCE, led by the creators of the project Sam Barzilay and Dave Shelley from Brooklyn, New York.
Backstory: The FENCE is a large-scale traveling photography exhibition is seen by four million visitors annually through open-air exhibitions in seven cities across the United States: Brooklyn, Boston, Atlanta, Houston, Santa Fe, Durham, and Denver. Calgary’s The FENCE will be the first time the exhibition has travelled outside the USA. It will be installed on construction fencing starting at the Peace Bridge and working its way east towards Exposure’s Eau Claire Market Festival Hub. Pop-up fences will also appear along Stephen Avenue.
Link: The Fence
Then from 6 to 10pm that day, Exposure will hold opening receptions for the Emerging Photographers Showcase, Open Call, and 2017 EPS Winner's Solo Exhibition at Eau Claire Market.
And that is just Day One! A full line up of exhibitions and events can be found at www.exposurephotofestival.com.
Exposure is an annual showcase for Calgary’s photography community 25,000 people. First launched in 2004, its goal is to engage and connect the public with local photographers, as well as provide workshops and lectures and networking opportunities for photographers.
This year’s festival includes 38 exhibitions at various venues across the city, as well as 13 workshops and talks.
Everyday Tourist: Double Exposure
In honour of Calgary’s Exposure 2018, I have self-curated an exhibition of “street” photos titled “Double Exposure” as each of the images is a synthesis of two images. I have given each piece a title and an indication of where the photos were taken. In some cases, it will be two cities, or if taken in Calgary it may be two different communities.
Hope you enjoy!
With the proliferation of smart phones (or should I say smart cameras), is estimated that over one trillion digital photos were taken in 2017, that is 1,000,000,000,000. Snapchat users share 8,796 photos every second. Who knows how many more are posted on Instagram, Twitter and Apple’s shared photos?
It is totally mind-boggling how much visual information we process (skim, surf) every day. Exposure 2018 is an opportunity for everyone to take a step back, then stop, look, ponder and reflect - on the role photography plays in our everyday life. I know photography plays a huge role in my life every day!