src=”https://2012thislandisyourlandseatosea.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/dscf2990.jpg?w=112″ alt=”DSCF2990″ width=”112″ height=”150″ class=”alignright size-thumbnail wp-image-3896″ /> height=”150″ class=”alignright size-thumbnail wp-image-3853″ /> height=”112″ class=”alignright size-thumbnail wp-image-3837″ />Typography is the study of types, and a photographic typology is a suite of images or related forms, shot in a consistent, repetitive manner; to be fully understood, the images must be viewed as a complete series.
So, I am walking along Broadview Avenue, passing this gallery with photography and art forms in the window, that represent the Georgian Bay venue that I have just come from. I have photos on my digital disc that are taken of Ice Fishing Huts when I was cross-country skiing on lake Manitouwabing, just 3 days before.
This was a creative coincidence and I was too curious to just walk by. So, I walked into this quiet sanctuary, a quiet place, away from the -12 degree Toronto temperatures, the streetcars and honking cars and sirens, and NOISE. I spoke to Richard Johnson, the artist, and then later, Lucy(the accountant and wife of 33 years). They both talked about the art of typology, citing that the subject of Ice Huts is best illustrated with a grey backdrop.
Richard states “I will only go out to do my work on cloudy days.”
My shots, however, were taken of fishing huts in the bright light of a mid-day sun, with the reflection of a snow-covered lake.
Johnson’s visual essay reveals the subject of a creative process. Through his photographs we are invited to compare both functional and aesthetic similarities, and differences, as manifested in variations of colour, design, emblematic detail, accessory relative proximity to one another & the compared sub-cultural significance to their creators.
He’s still having to go to Newfoundland, Deer lake, this winter,2013, to finish off a CROSS CANADA CHECK-UP(so to speak) of the vast array of the Ice Fishing Huts that Canada has to offer.
We view the uniqueness of each structure and its’ relationship to the landscape.
What is so fun about this venture, is that we witness simple dwellings, with one specific purpose, revealing an infinite number of individual presentations. There are even different methods of “hut” transportion.to & from waterways; in the Province of Manitoba pick-up trucks are used, in Quebec, trailers hitches do the job.
My blog is still having problems with image size…
Best Wishes over this cold spell(some people just call it WINTER)