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Visual Arts Mississauga’s 35th Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts.
Venue: Art Gallery of Mississauga
Opening reception : Thursday January 17, 2013. 6 p.m.
Exhibition: January 17 - March 2, 2013.
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"Meet the artists in VAM 35! Visual Arts Mississauga 35th Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts, in the Art Gallery of Mississauga from January 17 – March 2, received 248 entries from across Ontario. Jurors selected 48 artists to be in the show." - AGM

The Chinese have a saying: "A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."

A “tenderfoot” is a newcomer or novice: an inexperienced beginner, a person unaccustomed to hardship. one not adapted to a lifestyle. For someone unfamiliar with the analog process, failure to follow the rules of the darkroom to achieve the correct image is bound to happen, and it did.

For this piece, the materials and process came first. I don’t want to just take it; I also want to make it. Those familiar with the darkroom process know that it consumes a lot of time, energy and patience. Although documenting the process is beautiful, at times it is all too revealing. I feel that black and white photography is honest. It is also personal, because I can personally be involved in the creative process from start to finish - which is to be able to see, at the end, what lies in the eyes of the photographer.

In term of the subject matter, my 2011 trip to my father’s birthplace, the village of Bario in the highlands of Sarawak on the island of Borneo, was my first alone. I was there to research and gather information for my graduate gallery installation "Stories Around the Tetel" at Ryerson University. I feel that this piece is also a representation of my journey back to Bario, revealing itself to me, as it tested my patience in processing the piece and getting to know cultural background.

The piece is of a Kelabit tepu (grandmother) taken in the rural highlands of Bario. It consists of five 8 x 10 black and white photographic prints, with different times of exposure, from the same 35mm negative. As I have little or no experience with darkroom and enlargement techniques, this was my first step into black and white film and print processing. This is also a documentation of a journey into learning the process of making a decent print. I believe that photographers should at least experience the darkroom once in their lifetime, to interact with the use of film and gain an appreciation to the whole photographic process. My journey isn’t complete yet, as my learning process is still continuing.


a personal note: one should at least experience the darkroom once in their lifetime to interact with the use of film and appreciation to the whole photography process.

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