ARTsPLACE in Annapolis Royal, N.S., is exhibiting Daniel Heïkalo’s Portraits of Tamara–Images of the City from February 19 to March 25. There will be an opening reception on February 19 from 2 to 4 p.m., with a talk and music from the artist at 2:30 p.m.
Born in Montreal, Daniel Heïkalo has been practicing photography since 1965. He is self-taught, and first started taking photographs of old houses in his Montreal neighborhood, Old Montreal and Old Quebec. He has continued to explore this focus over the years, and has worked to highlight the disappearing architectural heritage of Montreal. His use of photo collages and digital imaging create a surreal quality in his work. In talking about his process he said, “Some of my images are the result of scanning black-and-white pictures from a contact sheet (measuring no more than an inch) at high resolution, and enlarging, processing and recolouring them. This produces a quality I have found to be unavailable through other means, including digital filtering. Several of the city images in this exhibit were created using this technique.”