When Photography a Canvas for Paintings: Reality or Fiction?

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Stev’nn Hall – professional photographer and artist from Ontario, Canada. Having spent all his childhood in the countryside with swamps, ponds and fields, Stephen conveys in his photographs the pain of loss – the bygone moments of a happy past, when absolutely everything seemed eternal.

Hall himself studied film, photography and art at Concordia University in Montreal (Canada), then worked as an editor and producer on television, but later decided to change his field of activity. 12 years ago Stephen quit to continue working as an artist in the field of art. At first, the photographer was shooting with an analog camera Minolta 35 mm, but in the middle of the 2000s he switched to digital.

Hall’s series of landscapes, called SKYLIGHT, is a mixture of photography and various painting and graphic techniques. This is not a fairy tale about the beauty of nature, but the result of bereavement:

“These canvases appeared after my parents died of cancer a few months apart. Returning to my small town during their treatment and then death, I was fascinated by the landscapes in which I grew up. Before that, I was not attracted to these views. But it was as if someone flipped a switch, and I was mesmerized by all these trees, clouds and fields that were present in my childhood and then youth. Then I took out the camera as my consolation. I turned the fire of pain into a creative direction. Something like the death of my parents, something that made me connect with my past. It was very powerful, like a cycle completing itself. “

According to Stephen, his style is a clash of reality (photography) and visibility (painting and graphics). Each shot is detailed, and paints – pastel, oil, ink – change it and turn it into an imitation of reality. Here we see abstractness and unnatural colors, which in turn expresses the vision of Stephen’s world: Mother Nature has her own power, which seems to him both magical and frightening.

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