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Capital Reef Boler, ed. 2/4, 2015
Colin Smith
Pigment ink on archival paper
48 X 60 in.

Colin Smith
Inside Out
April 1 - May 2, 2015

Winsor Gallery presents Inside Out, an exhibition of new works by Colin Smith, in conjunction with Capture Photography Festival.

Historically a model of rational, empiricist thought, the camera obscura persists as a curiosity in the age of advanced photographic technology, closer in practice to how our own eyes receive images than to any manufactured camera today. Using this centuries-old apparatus, Smith transforms modest hotel rooms, abandoned fire lookouts, and airstream trailers into nostalgic showrooms of their environs. The practice is tenuous, highly dependent on the availability of both consistent exterior light and complete interior darkness. With exposing each image over the course of two to six hours comes the risk that they may not materialize at all. In its intimate instability, the medium operates as an allegory for experiential memory. Inside Out is a marvel of slowness in image-making that runs counter to the instantaneousness of digital photography today.

Smith has long been compelled by traces of human history, having worked as a documentary photographer for years before developing an interest in the beginnings of photographic technology. Saskatchewan-born and Alberta-based, Smith turns his eye on the wild and urban spaces of British Columbia in this latest series. Recently exhibited at the Art Gallery of Alberta, his work is represented in numerous private, corporate, and public collections, including the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Smith has received awards from Outpost and Photo Life magazines, and was recently named first place winner of the 2013 Cenovus Art Competition.