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IntroductionWindows through the forest
Steven Friedman takes the viewer on a magical journey through faraway forests and untouched nature. Ferns in countless colours wrap themselves around the bright trunks of aspen trees, in whose tops one can spot the last scattered vestiges of summer’s green. Friedman’s striking panoramas present the forests as magnificent natural spectacles. Above all, his interest lies in the remarkable diversity of wild aspen trees in autumn, a time when the landscape appears in its most diverse, dynamic and nuanced colours.
The images in “Windows through the forest” may be stationary, but they have the remarkable power to move their viewers. Friedman travels far and wide to capture the imposing landscapes: from Chile to Tasmania to the Rocky Mountains in America. This search is only half the battle, however: Once he has found his subject, the Canadian artist begins the laborious process of finding the ideal angle. Our irrepressible attraction to the photographs is a by-product of the artist’s evocative image style, which draws out nature’s hidden beauty by distilling the chaos and confusion of raw nature into structured compositions.
Friedman’s approach allows him to develop entire narratives in the images, pulling the viewers into his world. As he explained in an interview, “The prints are like windows to the landscape. I want the viewer to feel like they are beside me when I took the picture.”
The artist’s own story began on Salt Spring Island in Canada. His works have now appeared in countless exhibitions across the world, including in Los Angeles and San Diego and, in the context of the 2010 Hasselblad Masters, in Hong Kong, Copenhagen, New York, and London.
Hannah HörBio1964 born in Ottawa, Canada
Professional photographer since 2000
Lives and works on Salt Spring Island in CanadaExhibitions
2013 International Photography Awards Best of Show, Los Angeles, USA The Lando Gallery, Edmonton, Canada Mountain Galleries, Jasper, Canada 2012 Masters Show, Salt Spring Island, Canada 2011 Masters Show, Salt Spring Island, Canada Color of Water, Natural History Museum, San Diego, USA 2010 The Hasselblad Masters: Hong Kong, Copenhagen, New York, London Masters Show, Salt Spring Island, Canada Photo Lumiere, Salt Spring Island, Canada 2009 Masters Show, Salt Spring Island, Canada Photo Lumiere, Salt Spring Island, Canada Photosynthesis, Salt Spring Island, Canada 2008 Photo Lumiere, Salt Spring Island, Canada Photosynthesis, Salt Spring Island, Canada 2007 Photosynthesis, Salt Spring Island, Canada 2006 Photosynthesis, Salt Spring Island, Canada 2005 Sidney Fine Art Show, Sidney, Canada 2004 Photosynthesis, Salt Spring Island, Canada Sidney Fine Art Show, Sidney, Canada