Trifocal Perspectives, The Art Gallery Osoyoos, B.C.

Saturday, April 6, 2019 – Saturday, April 27, 2019

“Trifocal Perspectives,” at The Art Gallery Osoyoos, brings together the work of Osoyoos photographers Peter Hovestad, Richard McGuire and Greg Reely.

The name is a play on words. As well as referring to the different perspectives of a subject achieved by using different focal length lenses, it’s also an allusion to the more complex eyewear of the three aging photographers.

Reely is 55, Hovestad is 60 and McGuire is 64.

McGuire’s work highlights several themes – the interplay of light and shadow, a sense of place and seasonal change.

His presentation is divided according to several subjects – “Orchards and Grasslands,” “The Power of Fire,” “The Magic of Night” and “Places of Colour.”

Orchards and Grasslands:

Here in the South Okanagan and Lower Similkameen, we live in an arid grasslands environment that is unique in Canada. We’ve transformed it from parched earth to lush orchards and vineyards.

There’s always been a tension between protecting portions of this environment in its natural state and the desire to harness the climate and soils for economic purposes. But most agree that what we have is special.

The Power of Fire:

In recent years we’ve been reminded of the power of fire throughout British Columbia. Climate change has increased the frequency and intensity of wildfires, but fire has always been a powerful force of nature in transforming the landscape.

We think first of the threat to life and property and of course the harm to air quality. But fires have also cleared away old forests, allowing new life to take root or find a home.

The Magic of Night:

As night falls, cities and landscapes transform into magic places. Sometimes spiritual, sometimes menacing, sometimes mysterious.

Humans have long sought to light the night, whether with fire, incandescent lamps, sodium vapour, fluorescence or neon. In doing so, we transform a time of slumber into a time of vibrancy.

Places of Colour:

“I have always been fascinated by travel and other cultures. I’m drawn by a curiosity about how other people live, but especially by the way so many cultures, especially tropical, celebrate colour.

“Our own culture is more reserved and our colour palette reflects that fear of being “too loud.” But nature is full of colour, and other cultures – whether Latin American, African or Asian – see that colour and embrace it.”

Richard McGuire

For information:

Richard McGuire, 250-485-8357, richard@richardmcguire.ca