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QLIX Studioz and Heather Pollock

QLIX-1Heather Pollock is brave.

Heather is a friend of mine, a professional and excellent photographer with her first gallery show. Most people see photographic art through the final image while photographers experience it. We make creative decisions about where to shoot, how to capture the raw image, how to process the image and even how to display it. The creative options are as infinite as any art form.

QLIX-3So, to put a price tag on your work and then display it to friends and strangers for comment seems pretty brave to me. All those decisions open to scrutiny. Heather’s selection of images, primarily black and white canvasses, range from moody HDRs, the east coast, and portraits of Canadian musicians. While not technically in any of the images, there is one where I was holding the light stand.

QLIX-2Heather is sharing the space with two other artists. Kathleen Urdah works with encaustics and Tommy Vohr, another photographer, works exclusively in the iPhone world with multiple exposed images you have to see to believe.

If you can spare a little time, please spend it at QLIX Studioz at 228 Queen Street East (at Sherbourne). You can also see a preview of the work and more information on the artists at qlixstudioz.com.

 

 

 

The Salon Gallery

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It felt odd. I was here for a haircut and there were my photographs, hanging on the wall between the mirrors. While in a gallery, people could wander around and spend as much or as little time as they wanted looking at a photograph. Here, they are forced to stare at my photograph for as long as it took to have their hair done.

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I hadn’t thought of that when Luc and I discussed the prospect of putting the photographs up on his still bare walls. I’ve been going to Luc for  few years now, and about a year ago he moved to his present location on the west side of Toronto (on College St. at Dufferin St.). As he cut my hair, he talked about an artist acquaintance who had mentioned showing his work there, but had never followed through.

“Would you be interested in photographs instead of art?” I asked. He would, so I started thinking about what would work. The salon has bright walls and a lot of black accents, so I thought something abstract and colourful, leading me to my collection of Fargo pickup truck closeups. I posted them to my Smugmug account for his feedback and then printed, signed and framed them. I gave Luc a supply of business cards directing interested individuals to my web sites.

Fargo Door“I saw your pictures hanging,” she said. I was at a neighbours Christmas party and couldn’t figure out what she was talking about until I discovered we shared the same hairdresser. At that time, I hadn’t seen them hanging, but today, I did.

“I’ve had quite a few comments on the pictures,” said Luc. “I’ve given your card out to a few customers.” There isn’t the volume through a salon you might want, but it is cool being publicly viewed, if not a little intimidating. We started talking about putting black and white photographs of my performing artists in the back where you get your hair washed.

Fargo MirrorI’m thinking of this as an experiment. I’m finding inexpensive ways to mount the photographs and I do my own printing, so I have control of my costs. If I find some other locations, I can cycle a set of photographs around different neighbourhoods and perhaps get some traffic to my site. I really do believe that people like to see art before they buy it.

Luc owns the Linus Salon and you can find a little more about it at http://www.blogto.com/fashion/linus-inc-toronto

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