Culture and Community
Arts Council of the
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Kelowna BC Canada V1Y 1Z8
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Elke Lange, Executive Director
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Looking at my photographs, on the
surface they may seem quite
different; the man in the barn (my
uncle Lewis), the organ keys, the
machinery and workers at the local
machine shop, the Okanagan
landscapes - all of these were
discovered in my travels around the
valley. The one common thread
running through is that the subject
matter is quite old. The barn, the
organ, the machine shop equipment,
and the earth and lake are all marked
by time. I feel compelled to seek out
the picturesque and the faded
industrial marvels around me and
record them with my camera.
Although the majority of my personal
work is landscape, I have always felt a
connection to the industrial land-
scape. Years ago, my father operated
an auto body shop and as a teenager
I used to help out from time to time.
Places like Monashee Manufacturing,
where some of these photographs
were made, reminded me of the
grinding, hammering and welding.
At Monashee they are reshaping raw
pieces of metal into something new,
as my dad straightened out crumpled
metal to make it look new again.
I have always felt an intimate connec-
tion to the landscape, a source of
inspiration for me, a place that I can
wind down and experience the
beauty in nature. It's a place where
I can contemplate my surroundings
and just be in awe of them.
Translating what I see and feel onto
a piece of paper is no easy task.
The best I can do is an interpretation
of what I see and not an exact
rendering, which is why I love to
shoot in black and white - it leaves
something up to the viewer's
imagination while studying the print.
I love the colours that I see in the
world around me, but my passion
has been to create images in black
and white. When I first started my
newspaper career, I shot all my
assignments in black and white. On
days off and holidays, I loved nothing
more than to load my Nikons with
Kodachrome slide film and find
interesting things to make pictures of
in colour. As my artistic vision
matured, I started to appreciate the
black and white medium more and
more, while interestingly, my
newspaper assignments had shifted
to the use of colour and now digital
I was inspired by the work of Ansel
Adams, Edward Weston and Henri
Cartier Bresson; particularly their use
of black and white film, beautiful
compositions and dramatic lighting.
One of the things that I have had to
learn is to "see" in black and white.
I found it difficult at first to translate
what I saw in colour into black and
white imagery. I was so used to
visualizing my pictures in colour. With
time and practice, I think I have
learned to see a little of what these
great master photographers saw in
their own world, but I'm still learning
to see something new every day.
Gary Nylander, born in Victoria, BC, in 1958,
interest in photography
when he was 15 years old
and started as a photographer
at a weekly newspaper, the
Goldstream Gazette in 1976.
After a four-year stint at the
Brampton Daily Times, he
returned to BC in 1983 as a
staff photojournalist at
Kelowna's Daily Courier.
Gary has received numerous
awards and special recogni-
tion including the 2003
Canadian Press News Picture
of the Year, and had his work
displayed in the collection of
the Fogg Art Museum at
Harvard University. His
photographs have been the
subject of various one-man
and group exhibits. He is
currently represented by the
Art Ark in Kelowna.
Gary Nylander: Black and White, Landscape and Machine
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