|Message from Darrel Giesbrecht
Ever since my Dad put a camera in my hands and introduced me to the likes of Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter, Freeman Patterson, Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven Canadian painters, I've been carving out my own style of image making. For me, as a photographic artist, there is an indispensable connection between my image making and spirituality. I see all of life as sacred, as inter-connected, - as Creation. And I see and experience the creative process as an outflowing, as an integral part of the incomprehensible Creation of which I am only an infinitesimal part.
As insignificant as we are, and I am, in one sense, I prefer not to let the notion of "insignificance" (existential) frame my world view. My artistic vision attempts to gratefully celebrate everything and everyone in life and nature as meaningful, wonder-ful, and significant (via positiva), whether grand and flamboyant or just plain and simple, whether noticed by the many or whether by none. And unlike many, perhaps, I sense that "beauty", art, and the land and earth itself, are best embraced as messengers, not as ends in themselves (in the sense of monistic nature mysticism). It becomes the artist's task to celebrate, to shout out and make their joyful tidings heard. "He who binds to himself a joy, does the winged life destroy. But he who kisses the joy as it flies, Lives in eternity's sunrise" (Blake)
Though my styles can sometimes be diverse and experimental, I generally prefer to photograph (or be captured by) earthscape, the natural world in its many moods and perspectives. When I have the tendency to abstract, or "detail", nature, it is only with intention to reveal its peculiarity - line, color, texture or composition that isn't immediately obvious in the seemingly random or chaotic larger context. There are little parts of the world everywhere waiting to be discovered! Rarely, however, do I experience a sense of completion in many of my images. More often than not, I am only too aware of my finite limitations and the utter insufficiency of my tools of expression to describe what I see, feel and experience - often I am left with the lingering feeling that what I have attempted to capture becomes just a tiny window between myself and the big world.
The celebrated photographer, Annie Leibovitz, once remarked that the camera becomes merely a tool to teach one to see without a camera. I think that is a profound idea - the idea of practice seeing eventually evolving into real seeing - a "seeing" that might ultimately become a never ending transformative journey of learning and self discovery.
Perhaps this is the real genius of the creative process - its persistant and enduring ability to spread rumors about things we've forgotten, to imply or to hint of more important things that cannot be completely seen or comprehended, to foreshadow a reality and a light that is beyond our immediate vision, to create longings and desires to encounter, experience and participate in that reality.
Most of my printed work is on canvas though I do print on paper for those who want it. I also do my own stretching for those who want their canvas stretched. Feel free to give me a shout for more info on prices, sizes etc. If you really like something I'm sure we can figure out something affordable. Carpe Diem!
Current Showings: I have a day job and rarely have time for doing exhibits and art shows etc. I do however have a couple of larger canvas stretches in Routes Grill in Lake Country, B.C., one of the best little restaurants in the Okanagan Valley. And I hear their artwork is good too!