Moments: Life As We Live It
Opening celebration: Saturday, August 18, 2018 | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm
“I look for human moments spiced with elements of humour. I turn my camera toward ordinary people doing ordinary things in extraordinary ways. In this age of the ‘selfie’ fad, I would rather create photographs that I call ‘whimsies’. For me, the whimsical moment tells us a lot about ourselves.”
What defines us?
Few accomplish great things that go down in the historical records of humanity. For most of us, we are defined by our everyday life. What we did today. Where we went. Who we met and what we discussed.
These human moments are constant. They are ubiquitous. On any day in any part of the world, we all weave a tapestry of activity that defines us. Yet because these moments are in plain sight we rarely see them.
Moments: Life As We Live It is an exhibit by Vancouver-based photographer Ted Nodwell that brings us face to face with ourselves. The images were made in Canada, China, Japan, Vietnam, France and Argentina. While wide-ranging geographically, the collection nonetheless portrays human moments that can occur anywhere. The images literally stop people in their tracks. By freezing small moments in everyday life, the exhibit reveals the ‘oneness’ of us all no matter where we live or what we do. Taken together, this collection of images tells our story.
For Ted Nodwell, his camera lets him observe and share the marvels and mysteries of everyday life that he experiences. His goal is to distil the essence of each situation and to create images that take on a life of their own.