DOUG VAN HEMESSEN

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Philosophy
I am compelled to create and am visually oriented. Photography is simply my chosen medium.  The content is informed by a deep curiosity about, and formal training in, geography – the essence of which is place and arrangement – and by a personal sense-of-place within the landscapes I find myself. A strong attraction to the natural world is another influence.

Style

My aesthetic constitution is a careful sense of composition using space, form, colour, and pattern. I am often more interested in the arrangement of those qualities rather than the specific subject of the photograph.

 

A sense of subtle irony is also a common ingredient. The work is further shaped by my exploration of photography as a “way of seeing” and its nature and role in the scope of fine art.


Technique
Currently: Fujifilm X-E1, 18-55mm F2.8-4R, 60mm F2.4 R Macro.  Images are minimally processed in Photoshop.  I print the images myself using an Epson Stylus PHOTO 2200.

Background

I grew up in Toronto and London, Canada and bought my first camera at sixteen.  I have followed the photographic path, with some detours, since then.

Graduated from Bealart in London, Ontario with a major in photography in 1981.  Spent some years working as a studio assistant and custom black and white printer in Toronto.  I temporarily departed professional photography and completed Geography studies at Trent University in 1990.

Since then I’ve worked with a variety of conservation programs and groups over the past twenty-five years while continuing to explore photography. I currently live in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Prices

Print prices vary by size.  Framing (style and price) negotiated directly with the client.

ViewPoint Gallery

1459 Brenton Street

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Canada B3J 3S7

 

902-420-0854

Hours

Hours: Saturday & Sunday

Noon to 5pm

or by appointment

 

 

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