Anyone looking to escape the bleak, grey drizzle this fall may find refuge at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s newest exhibit, which features crisp large-scale photographs of sun-dappled gardens and green spaces.
The showing of more than 60 works by photographer and Vancouver native Scott McFarland opens on Saturday and runs until Jan. 3.
The artist’s landscapes are composites of numerous photos, stitched together to create large-scale images of, among other places, farms, botanical gardens, zoos and country meadows.
McFarland said he creates the images by putting his camera on a tripod, which he rotates slowly, taking many photos at the same location over long periods — sometimes up to months or years.
“Scott McFarland’s landscape photographs depict natural environments transformed by humans to suit their desire for leisure, rest and contemplation,” said Grant Arnold, audain curator of British Columbia Art.
By creating intentional inconsistencies, Arnold added, McFarland undermines traditional ideas of photography and how it represents the world.