Stephen Wilde, "Camels," Israel, 2000.
By Jennifer MacLeod and Shannon Heth
Stephen Wilde refers to his work as "street photograph" - candid, fleeting, barely noticed moments, often with an undertone of dark humour and usually caught from a refreshingly unexpected angle. "I am intrigued by elements of age and the passing of time," says Wilde, who always strives to capture a sense of movement. He avoids crisp imagery, in favour of a moody, soft focus. A self-described "thrill jockey," Wilde shoots commercially for a variety of mountain biking magazines, managing to work in time for his street photography while on assignment around the world. While a student at the Alberta College of Art & Design, Wilde spent a summer in New York City working with celebrity photographer Annie Liebovitz. He returned to Calgary in 1997 to complete his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with Distinction. Stephen Wilde's first solo exhibition runs through June, 2002, at Calgary's Cube Gallery, 1520 - 17 Avenue SW.