Feb 14 2020 - Apr 1 2020
Showing together, Charles Bishop and Shay Salehi bring very different media to Studio 21, both with extraordinary colour to punch up the winter months.
Bishop is an Internationally award-winning film and television creator/writer/producer. However, his first love has always been photography. He attended and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and the Canadian Film Center. His photographs have been shown in galleries in Los Angeles and Halifax.
Bishop’s images are shot on a variety of (mostly) expired film using old and unreliable Polaroid cameras. The small polaroid images are then manually manipulated, ‘cooked’ and re-printed on large format paper so the viewer can experience all the hidden details of the original, small format.
Not always recognizable, most of the images are of sea, sky or other elements from nature. Each photograph is an experiment in image engineering through cold, heat, light and movement of the inks in the photo. In addition, the old cameras often leak light or have mechanical issues that affects the way the inks spread on the image.
Instant film has always been about play; the medium itself is inherently playful for many reasons, not least of which is its spontaneity. The mere fact that the image is spat out immediately makes the process sociable and fun. Keeping with the playful nature of the medium, the intent is to pull the viewer in and create a dialogue with the work… asking the question: when you look closely what do you see?