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- Posted by: Tim Johnson on October 15, 2012
Visual art is many things to many people. A mode of expression, a way to transmit emotion, a different way to understand the world, it’s often an abstract experience. And sometimes, art serves as an opportunity to gain a glimpse on a far-flung place, a way to access the largely inaccessible.
“On the Labrador,” an exhibit currently running at the Art Gallery of Peterborough, is all of the above, but especially the last one—an opportunity to view this forlorn, sparsely populated part of Northern Canada through the lens of Arnold Zageris, a Peterborough-area photographer who has had a more than two-decade love affair with this rugged, beautiful part of our nation.
With a total of 31 photographs, Zageris gives us a look at the grand in pieces such as Tom’s Cabin, which pictures a hulking, solitary monolith back-dropped by a vast landscape that is breathtaking in both its beauty and loneliness. But Zageris doesn’t only excel at wide-angle shots—he also allows us to appreciate the intricate loveliness of the North in “micro-capes,” including one photo entitled Minerals, taken in Labrador’s coastal mountains, which captures tones of yellow, white, rust and red, all naturally occurring on one span of dark rock. All of it displayed in the warm, well-lit confines of this fine gallery, we get to appreciate it all without venturing far—a true pleasure, indeed. —Tim Johnson