Friday, 21 June 2013

Hawk Eye of Photographer Catches Hunter in Flight

Hawking Meghan Rennie's photographs at Harbourfront's new six-artist year-long outdoor Nine Rivers art installation/exhibition

Photographer Meghan Rennie says it took a long-long time to get the perfect picture. Beautiful sky. Calm Lake Ontario waters. A hawk just taking off to hunt overtop of the shores of the Leslie Spit. It took patience. A practised eye and quick finger on the trigger of her old-style analog film camera.
Rennie and five other Toronto photographers are featured in a new year-long free outdoor photography show at Harbourfront Centre. The show Nine Rivers City: Toronto's Extraordinary Waterways had its media preview/launch this evening -Thursday June 20th - in the city's newest outdoor park!
Photographer Meghan Rennie in front of one of her photographs at Harbourfron
The exhibition features 72 large-scale fully winterized photographs that explore the nine rivers that wend their way through the city and down to Lake Ontario. Rennie's work looks at the land, the wildlife and the people who populate the watershed area of the Don River.
The work of the six photographers have been installed in a new park just east of the Power Plant Art Gallery, at the edge of Toronto Harbour. The grassy park was, until only recently, a parking lot! It will be offically opened by the Premier in a few days.
 
According to the Harbourfront Centre, the new park's exhibition is the largest outdoor photographic exhibition in Canada. Nine Rivers City: Toronto’s Extraordinary Waterways is being presented in partnership with Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) and Harbourfront. The yearlong exhibition is the first installment of a two-year series in partnership with the TRCA. The oversized photo show is an exploration of Toronto’s nine rivers that feature 72 images from six of Canada’s "most exciting artists". 
The six artists featured in the exhibition are: Aaron Vincent Elkaim, Vanessa Hussey, Surendra Lawoti, Christopher Manson, Meghan Rennie and Jade Lee Portelli.

Pictured at left is the work of photographer Surendra Lawoti, and at the bottom is show curator Patrick Macaulay at the mike opening the exhibition while Harbourfront CEO Bill Boyle watches on.

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