JP Campbell - Photography

It's been a frantic Spring, Summer, and Autumn. Each of these seasons have been spectacular. Aside from the obvious landscape shots they've inspired, several side projects have also been developed. I'm currently going through hundreds of negatives and files. I'm also trying to plan some work for over the cold Winter here in Wakefield, Quebec. I hope to have a bigger update for you soon.

 

As a teaser, here is the begining of one series in developement. You can also find some varied images on Instagram. 

 





An exhibition print of my photo "Hosta" was exhibited in the May show "Monochrome" at PH21 Gallery in Budapest, Hungary.

 


There seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel we call 'the current world situation'.

 

We have all gone through a lot. It is a ray of hope for me that this 11-23 March I will be back in a show - a return to Blank Wall Gallery in Athens. The show is called 'Moments of Color'. The selected piece is Abandoned Cabin, Low Quebec.

 



My thanks to curators Maria Toutoudaki and Markos Dolopikos.

 

There are many in the world still awaiting pandemic relief. I'm thinking of them this Valentines Day.


A new year is upon us. Now, I am not one for resolutions but I have decided to try some new directions in 2022.

 

I am not going to abandon my exploration of 'the little things' around me and the urbanisation of my local environment. What I am going to do is add to how I express my work with: more darkroom work, experimenting with different photo processes, more collaborations with other creators, and experimenting with projected content. I expect more than a few failures as this goes along but I look forward to the opportunity to learn from it all.

 

Of course, we are back into shutdowns, lockdowns, and curfews here in Quebec. I will do my best to not have that limit my creation.

 

It's  a tentative start to the new year but I hope it grows and grows into what I want.  I wish the same for you.

 

Happy New Year.


In January 2020, I had a photo and text in the book "Critical Moss: art beyond the bubble". I was deighted to be selected by editor Aldobranti and appreciative of the forward by Dr. Fiona Harvey

 

The publishers, FoscoFornio, are now selling copies of the book from stock through biblio which looks at the systemic failings of the "art market" and how it cannot reach out into the rural and isolated.
https://biblio.co.uk/book/critical-moss-art-beyond-bubble-aldobranti/d/1367725023

 


Further to the above, there is a sequel / a companion text 
https://biblio.co.uk/book/critical-moss-art-independence-aldobranti/d/1367725039



You are welcome to follow me on Instagram but there's a few things I'd like you to know.

 

The Instagram platform began as a place for everyone to share their photos. It has been great for people sharing their interests and serious photographers. However, since the puchase of the platform by Facebook things have seriously changed. 

 

Instagram CEO Adam Moserri recently said "We're no longer a photo-sharing app," ...  "The number one reason people say that they use Instagram, in research, is to be entertained. So people are looking to us for that."

 

So as Facebook has changed its Instagram algorythms and put more emphasis in "entertaing" short videos photography is getting lost. 

 

Where does that leave us? Well, I will continue to use Instagram but if a better photography platform presents itself I'll try that, too. I'll let you know. I am not going to lose the people I enjoy following or those who follow me. 

 

Stay tuned !


I have always loved canoes. I love how they look. I love how they move through the water. I love how it feels to be out on a river with someone you love.

 

Recent physical problems prevent me from enjoying many things including canoeing. I have missed it a lot and I spent a great deal of time feeling sorry for myself.

 

One day I just started thinking about the history of the canoe in the part of the world where I live, unceded Algonquin territory. The numerous waterways of this area were highways, routes of communication and sources of food for the native populations. When the Europeans arrived they quickly adopted the canoe as their transport for exploration, trapping and prospecting – for colonialization.

 

Events most poignant, some very recent like the residential school discoveries, illustrate the ugliness that faces native peoples and the lack of true caring from this nation we call Canada.

 

This project, currently in progress, shows contemporary canoes bruised, scared, damaged and poorly patched. For me they echo the state of affairs between the majority who are living here now and the people who were here before and are marginalized now.

 

Some Resources via Northern Film Collective

 

*Residential Schools in Canada Plain Language Summary
*In-depth information on Canadian Residential Schools
*Remains of 215 children found at former Kamloops Residential School
*Lost Children - Kamloops Residential School Child Deaths
*University of Alberta Indigenous Canada course *Free*

 

 


We are who we are. We bring our sex, race, economic background, our cultural history, and education. We will bring our own conscious and unconscious understandings of who we are. We will consciously or unconsciously situate ourselves relative to our current circumstances and greater society.

 

With this mixture of sex, race, economic background, cultural history, education and all the rest, you choose their importance consciously or unconsciously. Here lie our experiences, strengths, flaws, wisdom and ignorance all wrapped up into one ‘me’. These are the ‘eyes’ all of us bring to this subject. This photographer is not exempt.


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