4 Billion years

the color negatives

The images from 4 Billion years are not entirely regular snaps.

Shot in the Inuit village of Inukjuak, over the span of one month, mid winter, upper Hudson’s bay, Quebec on large rolls of bright orange modern color film stock, with an obsolete folding mechanical camera that stayed for hours in the pocket in mid-winter -45 C temperatures — in all sorts of weather in long walks around a village in the midst of the tundra. The photographs are made from these uncut rolls of film, rephotographed frame by frame and brought to life with hand crafted custom algorithms. The Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki has argued that regular pigments , like for the blue of the sky, do not hold up to getting right the perceptual colours of the Japanese landscape., and he went on to craft custom pigments, custom palettes more unique to a sense of place. The same dynamic of a search for an emotional palette of a place holds true for these photographs, in the custom adjustments to standard photographic protocols and standard digital inputs and outputs.

Likewise, the subject matter is not entirely regular.

It was hard to imagine in advance what the Arctic holds. The photographic plan was open, no prior project in place. Just four rolls of film and a camera.

where the mind falls to rest on the way to, and on the way back from conversations

Most of that month was spent working for Statistics Canada on the National Long Census talking with people in their own homes and staying at the workers accommodation. The people are not in these images, as those events were all pretty well private and confidential occasions, often wonderful, often intense, often startling. What can be shared is where the mind falls to rest on the way to, and on the way back from conversations: a playground, an abandoned observatory (called the Nipple), some oil tanks, kennels, houses.


10 photographs in total, each an editioned multiple 24 x 20 inches. Contact for price & further inquiries.