Wet Collodion Photographs as an Exploration of the Ephemeral

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© Barbara Cole

© Barbara Cole

© Barbara Cole

© Barbara Cole

Bau-Xi Photo in Toronto is presenting Barbara Cole’s Meditations from November 15 through 29. Barbara Cole’s newest work continues her exploration of water. In her artist statement, she says, “For a long time I’ve been exploring the use of water as a medium, as a canvas, as a lens, as a mirror and particularly the effect it has on the way we see the human figure.” Then in July 2013 in Paris, Cole saw a reflection in a puddle that felt like a window leading to another world. The water imperfectly captured an image with blurred boundaries and movement. This inspired the artist to work with the wet collodion process, which involves pouring an emulsion over a piece of glass, as a way to capture this puddle-like, ephemeral way of seeing life reflected in water. The opening reception is Saturday, November 15, from 2 to 4 p.m., and the artist will be in attendance.

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