How to photograph the loss of winter ice in a way that would pull at our heartstrings in the same way that the shocking photos coming out of Australia had done? I had no idea. But the grief I felt while walking along the shores of the Saint Lawrence River in early January was so intense, with the heartbreaking images of Australia still fresh in my mind. My hands could not hold my camera steady, which resulted in some intriguing blurred images. In the weeks that followed, I revisited the Saint Lawrence repeatedly, which helped me to explore the profound sense of sadness for what we have already lost, and what we all stand to lose from the climate crisis. All images in this series, which I will expand over the coming years, were created in-camera (i.e., no photoshopping) with minimal post-adjustments (contrast, clarity).
A selection of 10-12 images from this ongoing series will be exhibited at the Centre d'art du Kamouraska in eastern Québec from 04 July to 07 September 2020; here is the link: https://www.centredartkamouraska.ca/expositions/fleuve-fragile-thin-ice. And next summer 2021, a selection of these images will be exhibited in a lupine field at the beautiful Jardins de Métis in Grand-Métis, Québec. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, three of these images were published on the Artists and Climate Change platform, for my monthly column "Art in the Time of Corona": https://artistsandclimatechange.com/2020/03/23/art-in-the-time-of-corona/. Bonne lecture.