What: Urban Landscapes
Who: Pete Brennan, Megan Salcak and Jeff Pearlman
Where: Viseye Gallery
When: all month
If youre feeling stuck in the bubble that is Whistler, you may need to take a trip to the city or perhaps even overseas. But you dont need to actually leave this bikin and hikin haven to escape the rucksack race, you can just pop into BBKs Pub for a cold one and check out a mind expanding new photographic exhibit titled Urban Landscapes.
Dont expect the usual Whistler wildflower shots or any tried and true mountain moments in this unique photography show. Instead youll get an almost mystical take on city living from Pete Brennan, thought provoking snaps of Italy from Jeff Pearlman and an array of unusual architecture and portraits from Megan Salcak.
All three photographers happen to live in Whistler, relishing their careers and hobbies taking photos of the wilderness around us. But this time they decided to show another side of life the influence of man and machinery.
"I think that there are a lot of people out there who want to see something different, stuff they dont see everyday, or at every gallery," said Aussie import, Jeff Pearlman. "All of my shots in this exhibit are from Italy and a lot of people havent been there so I thought I could take them on a mini virtual tour at the Viseye Gallery."
Pearlman loves to shoot nature whenever he can but finds cityscapes a challenging yet enjoyable diversion.
"I really try to get a different perspective. Sometimes its not easy because a lot of monuments have been shot to death. I hunt around looking at hundreds of postcards and then try to do something that those photographers didnt do. I might slow down the shutter speed or get down on one knee for the shot. Just changing the angle can offer people something they havent seen before."
Another Aussie import who has made Whistler home, for more than six years now, is One Earth Photographys Pete Brennan. The adventure travel enthusiast admits he loves spending short bursts of time in cities.
"They fuel my creative eye more than nature does," he said. "It's important to get out of Whistler every once in a while too. Whistler may keep you physically active but you have to keep pushing yourself to remain mentally active. When you find yourself saying dude, awesome, totally, right on, gnarly man more than a handful of times a day it's time to visit the city. Feed your brain as well as your body and soul."
So does Brennan find it ironic to be putting together photos for a show on city scenes in a nature mecca like Whistler?
"No, because cities are beautiful in their own special way and it looks like Whistler is becoming a mini city anyway," he said. "I find cities great places for shooting portraits. One of my favourites in this exhibit is titled Same Old, a black and white portrait of an elderly gentleman who worked for B.C. Electric. There is a great deal of history in that portrait, he was wearing his father's conductor uniform which had been passed onto him some years back. Those moments you just cant get in the wild."
Megan Salcak has clocked up nearly one year in Whistler but comes from a background working in the big smoke. The Ontario-raised photographer has shot for events like the Molson Indy, the Juno Awards and the Canadian Country Music Awards. While shes fallen in love with Whistler and its surrounds, her passion with the camera still falls on architectural exteriors and interiors, events and people.
The Urban Landscapes exhibit will run for the next four weeks at the Viseye Gallery in BBKs Pub, next door to Chef Bernards Café in the Upper Village. Open every day.
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