Lake Louise, silver gelatin print, 16 x 20” / acrylic paint on photo paper, 4 x 6”, 2018
This vantage point of Lake Louise is the
most photographed site in Canada. Here I reflect on the photographic rituals driving visual, cultural myths that reduce a natural wonder to a mere image. I considered the postcard image of Lake Louise by hand-painting sixteen 4x6 paintings of this postcard on translucent paper. I exposed the paintings to light in the darkroom to contact print and reproduce each painting. The resultant black-and-white print reflects the flattening of the subjective, individual experience of this site into a recording of light.