La Cloche Photograph Exhibit –
‘La Cloche Spirit: The Equivalent Light’
‘La Cloche Spirit: The Equivalent Light’, an exhibit by La Cloche photographer Jon Butler, www.jonbutlerphoto.com, will be in Toronto this month as part of the international Scotiabank CONTACT 2012 photography festival.
‘La Cloche Spirit’ is a photographic exhibition that explores the light of dawn and how it evokes an inspirational space and translates the timeless beauty of nature. After the practice of Stieglitz, an “equivalent” photograph functions as a work of art because it both communicates subject matter and suggests mental states.
Jon Butler is a Zen practitioner and retired newspaper executive who changed his clothes to enjoy the passing seasons of life. He has been capturing and enjoying the light of La Cloche for more than 30 years. He concentrates on solitary, contemplative landscapes and atmospheric effects with his natural light photographs. They reflect years of meditation on the subject matter and draw viewers into the light of La Cloche.
The La Cloche area, www.lacloche.ca, with its quartzite mountains, crystal clear lakes, windswept pines and abundant wildlife, is located in Northern Ontario on the north shore of Georgian Bay with Killarney Park in the east and the town of Spanish in the west. Butler lives in Willisville located in the heart of La Cloche. This area was recently saved from the possibility of any future mining as a quarry. In 2011, the mining company Vale liberally surrendered the license for this property so it may be enjoyed for generations to come. Butler was instrumental in saving the Mountain and establishing the La Cloche Mountains Preservation Society.
In 2012, Butler’s exhibit ‘La Cloche Spirit: The Equivalent Light’ will be at 200 Bay St., South Tower Lobby, Royal Bank Plaza from Sunday. May 13 to Saturday, May 26 and at The Gore Bay Museum Heritage Centre from June 10 to August 6. The exhibition was funded in part by the Ontario Arts Council and Vale.
The opening reception for CONTACT 2012, 200 Bay St., Toronto will be on Monday, May 14, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and all are welcome.