Katherine Searle

Hidden in Plain Sight, 2017, Katherine Searle, RC Prints 

 

In our screen-obsessed society, we do not often enough pull ourselves away from our cell phones, tablets, or computers to appreciate the world around us. In this series of works, my aim is to show the beautiful details overlooked in the mundane of the everyday. These photographs were taken on my trip home to Pender Island this past Christmas. One of my sisters and I went to our favourite place on the island, a marina with a stunning view of Saltspring, Moresby, and Vancouver Island. However, on this day, I was not looking to take photos of the view, as I have countless times before. I wanted to capture the details so frequently unnoticed.

With that in mind, I kept within a small area of the marina and angled my 35mm film camera up and down from the horizon, looking through the viewfinder for interesting textures, patterns, and shapes to photograph. When displaying my photographs, I chose to flip some images either upside down, or on their side. Doing so, shows each image in a much less straightforward manner, and compels the viewer to think about what they are seeing.

Katherine Searle