Bonnie Nish Reviews - Out of Season at The
Through A Lens: Out of Season
Photographs by Sam North
Review Bonnie Nish
tells a story through the use of his words, using them to develop an
idea or picture for his audience. A photographer uses his pictures to
compose a story, having only a single image at his disposal to convey
what it is he wants the audience to take away. For anyone who has read
Hackwriters they know Sam North as an accomplished storyteller bringing
his audience into a world full of wit, charm and adventure. Now we have
a chance to see a different side of Sam, to catch a glimpse of another
world, another exquisite story he has so beautifully captured.
Just on the outskirts of Vancouvers Gastown, the Ironworks will
be home to Sam Norths one-man photography show until May 30th
2003. His opening May 1st held a packed house as people wandered, examined,
discussed and appreciated all of the different angles Sam has exposed
through the use of his lens. Relaxed, people mingled, laughed and danced
salsa as Sergio Pastrana from Acapulco, Mexico, serenaded with his Spanish
guitar throughout the evening. Sam affably moved among his guests, answering
questions and offering insight into any particular moment someone might
want to know about.
Having lived in South Africa and England and having spent considerable
time in Europe, Sam has captured unique instances that make the viewer
become a part of the experience mixing an old world with a new world
view. He gives us a peek of something more, making us want to explore
the world he is showing us while allowing us to take away just enough
to satisfy our curiosity.
a beach in SW France draws the viewer to a semi-submerged rope while
exposing the most incredible beach surrounding it. The picture becomes
as pleasant as the beach capturing our attention with the rope,
a commonplace thing juxtaposed with such an extraordinary setting.
exposes three people in Amersterdam street peering through a glass
window. We become the voyager for the moment, observing this group
without their knowledge, then like them we are drawn to the window
by their mere presence and become just as intrigued by what we cant
see as by what we can. This theme is seen again in his photo Secret.
Secret a photo of a doorway surrounded by ivy that is
beginning to show fall colours, draws us in by the composition Sam
has chosen. By showing only the door we are left with a lot of questions.
What lies beyond the door? Where is the door situated? Do we dare
to open it? By giving us the closed door Sam has captured our imagination
allowing us to go beyond the moment and decide for ourselves if
we dare to go further. If not we are content with the image he places
before us but if we do he has given us the means through which to
enter another perhaps more fascinating world.
is aptly named. A shot of a man walking down what looks like a flooded
street in Venice. Where is he going? What is he braving? These streets,
which have surely been flooded before, become more than just a path
or a way home. They are a story and we can imagine if we will, what
these stories may be.
are but a few of the wonderful images Sam shares with us. If you are
in Vancouver make it a point to catch this show. Have a glass of wine,
sit at a stool, walk around and observe the pictures over and over again.
See how many stories you come away with through the unique perspectives
that this storyteller has captured through his lens. You will certainly
be the richer for it.
© Bonnie Nish May 2003
Bonnie Nish runs The Twisted Poets a open mike night for
poets and storytellers on the third Monday of every month at El Cocal
- Commercial Drive Vancouver.
Next night May 19th 2003
The Exhibition continues at The Ironworks 235 Alexander
You can view the exhibition on line at http://www.theironworks.ca/exhibitions.html
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