Modern Canadian Interiors UPDATE!

Modern Canadian Interiors, the first book by the TLR Club (Richelle Forsey, Martin Helmut Reis, Alejandro Valencia, Kevin McBride and Colin Savage), is a photographic journey of abandoned spaces in Ontario including the Gravenhurst TB Sanatorium, the Old Don Jail, New York Pork, Firestone Tire, St. Clements Church and more…

Is now available in four bookstores and galleries!

the Art Gallery of Ontario shop
EYELEVEL Gallery in Halifax during ERI: THE RESISTANCE TO CHANGE reshelving initiative 5
the Stephen Bulger Gallery bookstore
and
Swipe Design | Books + Objects

 

MCI book cover

As always, Modern Canadian Interiors is available directly from Richelle Forsey

A ceasefire with the KNU, the release of political prisoners…. change in Burma!

In 1997 I lived in the border area between Thailand and Burma for almost a year with members of the All Burma Students Democratic Front (ABSDF ), teaching English and volunteering in exchange for room & board so I could help/participate in their fight for democracy.

15 years on and change may be afoot in Burma and my friends may eventually be able to go home.

I am so elated to hear about the ceasefire between the Karen National Union (KNU) and the junta, the release of hundreds of political prisoners and the NLD participating in the April 2012 elections.

Below are a few of the photos I took during my stay.

Modern Canadian Interiors – a poster

 

This poster was a submission that wasn’t accepted. It appears here with the printers bleed.

Chairs are the most often abandoned piece of furniture. This poster features my photos of my favourite abandoned chairs as they were found. People often design entire environments around a chair to illustrate the function or status of a room. Nothing changes when they leave. The chairs are now a suggestion of what the room might have been.

 

modern canadian interiors poster

 

 

 

daucus carota, the state of sleeping plants: a study in the decay of vegetation

 

I’ve begun a new series of non-traditional macro photography using a DIY macro lens.

sofa art

About the state of sleeping plants: a study in the decay of vegetation

The State of Sleeping Plants explores the plant world in decomposition through chance and a DIY (do-it-yourself) macro lens. I am fascinated by the visual resemblances of plant matter during stages of decay to fantasy and science fiction world creations. Using a DIY (do-it-yourself) crafted lens I go hunting in gardens, parks and ravines for the “doesn’t that look like…” moments of decaying plant matter and then photograph the similarity not as a specimen, but as a work of art. Queen Anne’s Lace becomes a HR Giger monster, Speared Thistle become a carnivorous orb and Milk Weed takes on the life of Devil’s Snare.

 

My DIY lens lacks traditional depth of field and a focusing mechanism. The search for subject matter is all about time of day, weather conditions and what I see as I’m visually foraging through the eye piece of my camera.