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Gibraltar Point | Emiley Webb

Showing from May 13 - May 27, 2024

"I focus on liminal concepts related to water movement and I have been exploring alternative ways to document Lake Ontario without a camera since 2018. My explorations began with capturing the waves through charcoal drawings, intaglio, and lastly lumen photography.

I have been exploring how lumen photography can capture the movement of waves and the shoreline. Lumen photography is cameraless photography and is essentially a solar photogram. Objects, or in my case, the water, are placed onto photographic paper and exposed to the sun. Once the objects are removed an image is left on the paper. Lumen photography fascinates me because the prints capture the ephemeral nature of a place. I am interested in the physical presence a place has or the mark that it leaves. The lake is always changing, so these lumen photographs serve as an exploration into the motion that the waves create and proof about what happens at the shoreline.

In May 2023, I had the opportunity to go on a residency at Gibraltar Point Centre for the Arts which helped me develop my lumen photography work a bit further. I created a series of lumens entitled “Gibraltar Point”. These lumens are of the lake water, sand, and detritus. This process has allowed me to capture specific moments at the lake and on the shoreline. The lumen photographs that I have created at Lake Ontario show the presence of the place and captures it in the most true way. While at the residency, I also continued developing my underwater and surface charcoal drawings. The charcoal provides tone and detail, and by erasing I am able to bring light back into the drawing. This is similar to the ebb and flow of water as it leaves its imprint on the shore."

About the Artist

Emiley Webb is an artist and arts administrator living and working in Mississauga. She has completed her Honours, Bachelor of Arts in Art and Art History at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College and a post-graduate certificate in Arts Administration and Cultural Management at Humber College. Her art practice takes its form in printed multiples, drawings, and experimental photographic processes. She is interested in natural phenomena related to light, shadow and water. Her work deals with ideas of ephemeral moments and changes occurring in the natural world.

Follow Emiley on Instagram: @emi_ley

Gibraltar Point (series), Lumen photography (silver-gelatin photographic paper exposed to lake water, sand, and detritus), 6 inches x 4 inches, 2023 - $75.00 each photograph

Gibraltar Point (series), Lumen photography (silver-gelatin photographic paper exposed to lake water, sand, and detritus), 8 inches x 10 inches, 2023 - not for sale

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