Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Exhibit: CONTACT Displays Desert Air + Touching Strangers!

Two CONTACT Exhibitions Review

If you haven't heard during the whole month of May, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the world's largest photography event is happening in Toronto. There are hundreds of events, exhibition and installations happening right across the city. Over the next few weeks, I will be visiting and posting about several of the CONTACT exhibits.

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival: Desert Air by George Steinmetz Exhibit, First Canadian Place, Toronto Culture Art Photos, Melanie.Ps, The Purple Scarf

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival: Desert Air by George Steinmetz Exhibit, First Canadian Place, Toronto Culture Art Photos, Melanie.Ps, The Purple Scarf

The first two exhibits I visited was Desert Air at First Canadian Place, downtown Toronto. This exhibition featured breath taking aerial shots by award winning National Geographic Photographer George Steinmetz. Steinmetz traveled around the globe for over 15 years, photographing some of the world's most remote deserts, from the air. Using a motorized paraglider, Steinmetz photographs are quite extraordinary. This exhibit is open to the public Monday to Friday, 9am - 6 pm, until May 16, 2014. It then moves to The Bay Adelaide Centre until June 17 and is open 6:30 - 2am. featuring more George Steinmetz photographs, which I will visit soon!

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival: Desert Air by George Steinmetz Exhibit, First Canadian Place, Toronto Culture Art Photos, Melanie.Ps, The Purple Scarf
Karnasai Valley, Chad. Photo by George Steimetz
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival: Desert Air by George Steinmetz Exhibit, First Canadian Place, Toronto Culture Art Photos, Melanie.Ps, The Purple Scarf
Bahia Indenpencia, Peru. Photo by George Steinmetz
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival: Desert Air by George Steinmetz Exhibit, First Canadian Place, Toronto Culture Art Photos, Melanie.Ps, The Purple Scarf
Left: Afar Depression, Ethiopia; Right: Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, Photos by George Steinmetz
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival: Desert Air by George Steinmetz Exhibit, First Canadian Place, Toronto Culture Art Photos, Melanie.Ps, The Purple Scarf
 

The second exhibit I enjoyed was Touching Strangers (2007 - 2013) by Richard Renaldi. This installation consisted of 13 giant life size photos of capturing pairs of random strangers who were asked to pose intimately in a photo. It was a really interesting exhibit. Most of the pairs in the photos I would never have guessed were complete strangers. Renaldi's intention was to bring "people physically and emotionally together." And it was so cool how the installation took over a busy corner of downtown Toronto, so it can be viewed anytime of the day or night. Touching Strangers can be viewed until June 1, 2014.

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival: Touching Strangers by Richard Renaldi Exhibit, Toronto Culture Art Photos, Melanie.Ps, The Purple Scarf

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival: Touching Strangers by Richard Renaldi Exhibit, Toronto Culture Art Photos, Melanie.Ps, The Purple Scarf

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is one of my favourite festivals in Toronto. There are more installations and exhibits I will be visiting, so come back for more upcoming exhibit posts! Also, check out my past event post about CONTACT here, to find out more about this fabulous festival.

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival: Touching Strangers by Richard Renaldi Exhibit, Toronto Culture Art Photos, Melanie.Ps, The Purple Scarf

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival: Touching Strangers by Richard Renaldi Exhibit, Toronto Culture Art Photos, Melanie.Ps, The Purple Scarf

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival: Touching Strangers by Richard Renaldi Exhibit, Toronto Culture Art Photos, Melanie.Ps, The Purple Scarf

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival: Touching Strangers by Richard Renaldi Exhibit, Toronto Culture Art Photos, Melanie.Ps, The Purple Scarf

P.s!: Both of these exhibits are free! Also, First Canadian Place is hosting a contest, where the public can post their own photographs of landscapes on Instagram, to win a signed copy of Desert Air book and a $100 Black's gift card! Click here for more details! Good luck!


P.s,
Melanie!

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