It all started with Jan Henderson’s Clown and Mask course I took in the summer of 2000 at the U of A. I’d been warned about the power of this course. How it shakes you up, turns you upside down, inside out and spits you out the other end – shaken, reeling and, once you’ve found your breath, transformed. Photography met me here.
I’ve been taking pictures all my life; even before I had a camera. Pictures tell stories. Then I picked up a camera, started recording them and fell in love. ‘To the camera born…’
Photography for me is about the art of making spirit visible. Seeing and intuition are important. I don’t always understand what draws me to an image. It’s more a feeling than the technicalities of composition. A soft internal ‘click’ occurs accompanied by this quiet buzz that lets me know something special is happening. More than anything I respond to the play of light. I’m nudged to take my camera and go and shoot. The pictures take themselves. I’m the conduit.
I stumbled on the art of ‘coloring’ B&W photos doing a final project for a Grant MacEwan photography course. Frustrated and discouraged I absently began playing with oil pastels on my photograph. A sense of peace came over me. Out of this experience came a practice that I now apply to certain B&W photos that invite it. Certain ‘colored’ photos taken during a recent trip to France are kindly being displayed at Tracy Friesen’s Integration Pilates and Open Space studio.
I’ve also been fortunate enough to be invited to share and capture others’ celebrations. I prefer a casual photojournalistic style of shooting — in color or B&W. I find that a candid playful approach is more successful at capturing a moment or person/s. Whether I am photographing a wedding, a family or individual portrait the comfort of the participants is paramount. The higher the comfort level the better the photographs that result. I’m continually looking for the magic that people and moments carry and I love it when my camera captures it. It doesn’t get much better than this…
Carole Knowles, photographer, can be reached at (780) 913-8912 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.