"On Ice; Study #4, edition 1/40"
Frank Grisdale, "On Ice; Study #4, edition 1/40," 2002, Horseshoe Lake, Jasper, Alberta, archival pigment ink on fine art paper, 22" x 22".
The Gallery at Chateau Whistler, Whistler
Opens Mar 4, 2006
By Gilbert A. Bouchard
Reality isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, says Edmonton-based Frank Grisdale. “For me, photography has to be more than just the simple documentation of reality. I’ve been told I’m working on the sublime, and while you can drive a truck through the word I think it does describe the meditative, slow-the-pulse aspect of my work.” Well known for his dreamy prairie landscapes and images of water and ice, Grisdale says his work is meant to be less about detail and more about line, colour and light. “You might say I’m the opposite of Ansel Adams.” While Grisdale’s work looks like it has been manipulated electronically, the photographer doesn’t even own a digital camera. Rather, his ethereal effects are the product of intense on-site experimentation and massive after-the-fact editing. The images themselves are created via hyper-long (half-a-second to 30-second) exposures shot on low-speed film, all without benefit of a tripod, radically embracing ambient camera movement.
Represented by: The Gallery at Chateau Whistler, Whistler, BC; The Gallery at Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper, AB; Banff Springs Fine Art, Banff, AB; West End Gallery, Edmonton; Picture This Gallery, Sherwood Park, AB; PhotoEye, Santa Fe, New Mexico.