in plain view

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Is it a fact – or have I dreamt it – that by means of electricity, the world of matter has become a great nerve, vibrating thousands of miles in a breathless point of time? – Nathaniel Hawthorne

In Plain View features selected works from Mark Kasumovic’s series I Can Hear You Humming. These intense photographs follow a network of power lines as they travel throughout our cities and beyond, offering a view of our contemporary landscape and the metal giants that inhabit them. The series attempts to record a feeling of power in the landscape, capturing scenes that represent a juxtaposition of banality, necessity and splendour.  (Full artist statement)

The images shown here are SNEAK PEEKS from Mark’s studio, exclusive to the BOOTH blog!  (Featuring winter landscapes in Barrie, Ontario and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.)

the camera

The I Can Hear You Humming series was shot with an Ebony 4 x 5″ view camera – the kind with the dark cloth and all.  The negatives are scanned and output onto photographic paper (C-prints).  They are not ink-jet.

helpful definitions:

Mark and his trusty camera.A view camera is a type of camera first developed in the era of the Daguerreotype (silver plate images) and is still in use today, though with many refinements. It comprises a flexible bellows which forms a light-tight seal between two adjustable standards, one of which holds a lens, and the other a viewfinder or a photographic film holder. (Image: Mark and his trusty camera on a windy day!)

C-prints or Chromogenic color prints are full-color photographic prints made using chromogenic materials and processes.  These prints may be produced from an original which is a color negative, slide, or digital image.

The class of colour photographic processes known as chromogenic are characterized by a reaction between two chemicals to form the color dyes that make up a photographic image.  Chromogenic color images are composed of three main dye layers—cyan, magenta, and yellow—that together form a full color image.

Transformer Station, Barrie, ON

about the artist

Mark Kasumovic is a Toronto based photographer interested in urban environments and issues surrounding traditional landscapes and their modern representations. Upon completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Ryerson University, he was selected as the regional winner in the Bank of Montreal’s 1st Art Invitational Competition, The Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward: Emerging Photographers Competition, and was awarded Best in Show of his graduating class exhibition.

His work has been exhibited at many galleries throughout Toronto, including The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Gallery 1313 and the Edward Day Gallery – and is beginning to find its way to an international audience.  Mark is currently perusing his MFA in Studio Arts at NSCAD University.

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