Fantasty meets photography

Coast Collective spreading the message for digital art show set for May

Metchosin artist Doug Gilbert is helping organize a digital art show at the Coast Collective in May.

Armed with a camera and a computer, Metchosin artist Doug Gilbert transforms reality into a fantasy world.

“It’s photo-based art,” he said. “Often there is more than one photograph collaged together.”

He photographs models in his home studio and then often heads outdoors for more photos to incorporate into a piece.

Once the photos are taken he manipulates them with Photoshop until the piece is revealed.

“I take a lot of photos in Metchosin,” said the artist, citing the Galloping Goose Trail and areas around Pearson College as his favourite spots.

He started this form of art about 12 years ago, when technology was not nearly as advanced.

“I paid $1,000 for a three megapixel camera back then,” Gilbert said with a chuckle. He now shoots with a 22-megapixel camera.

The more advanced camera allows him to offer larger print sizes. Before, if he wanted to make a large print he would shoot several images of a scene, then stitch them together on the computer.

When he first began, he was snubbed for making high-end art on a digital camera using computer software, he said. Now, this combination of skills is getting more appreciation in the art community.

“It’s still a new art form,” Gilbert said. “It’s completely up to the imagination.”

For every piece he creates, he prints off a limited edition of five.

“It’s so you don’t go to your friend’s house and find the same picture on their wall.”

Gilbert and three other artists are putting together a digital art show for the Coast Collective gallery in May. They are currently seeking submissions from other artists working in the medium.

 

For more information go to distinctlydigital.ca

 

 

Just Posted

Victoria man has seen no funding after winning a Human Rights Tribunal case against Transport Canada

Chris Hughes was denied a job after describing his depression and won his case 12 years later

22 public toilets in Victoria: 136 people currently peeing

World Toilet Day floats some serious health issues

UVic bugs out during big push for United Way

Teams of UVic students, faculty and staff test stamina by pushing a 1972 VW Beetle around Ring Road.

Victoria Hospitals Foundation Visions gala raises record-breaking cash

Event raised $800,000 for 100 pieces of equipment for Royal Jubilee and Victoria General hospitals

New vertical $10 bill coming into circulation November 19

Viola Desmond is the first Canadian woman to be featured on a bill

Unique technology gives children with special needs more independent play

UVic’s CanAssist refined seven prototypes aided by $1.5M government contribution

Calgary Stampeders back to Grey Cup with 22-14 win over Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Calgary was favoured to win the 2017 and 2016 Grey Cups, but lost to the Toronto Argonauts and Ottawa Redblacks respectively.

‘A giant step forward’: new $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond to enter circulation

A new $10 banknote featuring Viola Desmond’s portrait will go into circulation, just over 72 years after she was ousted from the whites-only section of a movie theatre in New Glasgow, N.S.

Searchers in California wildfire step up efforts; 77 dead

Trump arrived at the oceanside conclave Saturday afternoon after visiting Northern California to survey the wildfire damage in the town of Paradise.

Trump says ‘no reason’ for him to hear Khashoggi death tape

“It’s a suffering tape, it’s a terrible tape. I’ve been fully briefed on it, there’s no reason for me to hear it,” Trump said in the interview.

Canada Post calls for ‘cooling off’ period to allow for mediated talks

The proposal came as Canada Post workers continued their rotating strikes Monday after rejecting the Crown agency’s latest offer.

Metro Vancouver homicide detectives busy after separate weekend deaths

Homicide detectives in Metro Vancouver are investigating separate cases involving two deaths they say appear to be either targeted or suspicious.

High-end B.C. house prices dropping, but no relief at lower levels

But experts say home ownership remains out of reach for many for middle- and lower-income families

NEB approves operating pressure increase to repaired Enbridge pipeline

The pipeline burst outside of Prince George on Oct. 9, now operating at 85 per cent

Most Read