Local photographer captures simplistic beauty of nature in latest exhibit

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October 7, 2015

LAND OF LIGHT: Local photographer captures simplistic beauty of nature in latest exhibit

(New Westminster, BC) — His stunning images have sold thousands of garden and outdoor magazines over the past 25 years. Now, nature photographer Adam Gibbs is branching out into new territory, showcasing his work in a series of exhibitions throughout British Columbia. Gibbs’ latest show Land of Light is presented by The Arts Council of New Westminster and will be on display October 18 – November 6, 2015, Tuesday-Sunday from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at The Gallery at Queen’s Park.

Gibbs’ love of the great outdoors was bred as a young Boy Scout in Watford, England. He learned how to rock climb at a local club; that passion eventually soared to new heights when he immigrated to Canada in 1979. He spent most of his 20s climbing the Rockies, paragliding from some of the tallest peaks on the continent. A few “bad choices” forced Gibbs to give up the extreme sport. Only then did he pick up the camera and discover his talent for taking pictures.

After Gibbs graduated from Langara Community College in the 1990s, he had a chance meeting with representatives from Cornwall Publications. That rare opportunity allowed him to publish thousands of photographs in nature and garden magazines across Canada and in the U.K. The company ceased publication last year and that’s when Gibbs decided to switch gears, focusing his efforts on solo and group exhibitions.

Gibbs employs a technique known as digital sublimation to create his awe-inspiring prints. He uses gel ink to transfer an image onto polyester based paper, which is then heat pressed onto a polymer coated aluminum sheet. The heat infuses the colours into the metal at the molecular level, resulting in a high-resolution image that appears to have three-dimensional qualities.

“Composition and the quality of light have always played important roles in my work and within these prints I have tried to showcase the best of these qualities,” said Gibbs. “I thoroughly enjoy showcasing large prints of my work so that the viewer can get as close as possible to the original experience.”

The opening reception for Land of Light is Sunday, October 18, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Gibbs will also hold an artist’s talk Tuesday, October 27, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Both events are open to the public.

For full details, please visit: artscouncilnewwest.org.

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About the Artist:
Adam Gibbs has been a professional photographer since 1991. Thousands of his photographs are featured in publications, including the covers of Gardens West, Outdoor Photographer, British Columbia Magazine and Fine Cooking, along with the highly celebrated book Planet Earth published by the BBC. His images—known for their clarity, composition and design—can also found in numerous nature calendars throughout North America and Europe. Gibbs is the recipient of several high-profile accolades, most notably from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards in the United Kingdom.

About The Arts Council of New Westminster:
Founded in 1967, The Arts Council of New Westminster is an umbrella organization with numerous member groups and individuals who all share an interest in various artistic endeavors — from visual, performing and literary arts to community activities. Its main goals are to advocate for the arts at all levels of government, and foster support for artistic and cultural endeavors in the community.

Media Contact:

Dana Kelly
Communications Coordinator
The Arts Council of New Westminster
media@artscouncilnewwest.org
778-840-3262

Stephen O’Shea
Executive Director
The Arts Council of New Westminster
info@artscouncilnewwest.org
604-525-3244