CAMERA SOLO | May 2021 contact2021

A camera solo, one with no other purpose, involves a silent pact between human and machine to stop time, to encase a moment "for keeps". This pact is one of hubris in intent and humility in practice. Shot over years of opportunity, misadventure and luck, Hartman's exhibit offers a second look at the unexpected, the unspoken and the unquestionable in 25 images of chance discoveries, passing thoughts, and random beauty.


1: the pact begins
1 Albany #3, Toronto, 1972


2: privilege or promise
Fish Hoek, South Africa, 2016


3: privilege or reality
Istanbul, Turkey, 2018


4: barber and cat
Mumbai India, 2009


5: bananas and grapes
rural village, India, 2009


6: morning tea
Arusha, Tanzania, 2018


7: evening ballet
Serengeti, Tanzania, 2018


8: cruising the savannah
Serengeti, Tanzania, 2018


9: cruising the Malecón
Old Havana, Cuba, 2015


10: revolution - a work in progress
Hotel Kawama, Varadero, Cuba, 1974


11: all the Queen's men
Queen's Park, Toronto, 1973


12: Elizabeth R, Queen of her Dominion
Queen's Park, Toronto, 1973


13: glass ceiling
Osgoode Hall, Toronto, 2019


14: studio morning
Paris, France 2007


15: park afternoon
Paris, France 2007


16: sickle at rest
Rajasthan, India


17: nets at rest
Cochin, India, 2009


18: June frolic
floe edge, Baffin Bay, Canada 1989


19: January frolic
Antarctica, 1993


20: fresh water lost to sea
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland 2013


21: January melt
Antarctica, 1993


22: harvesting the sea
Lancaster Sound, Canada 1989


23: all flesh is mortal
Timbavati Nature Reserve, South Africa, 2016


24: some rocks crumble
Roussillon, France 2007


25: some will abide
Uluru, Australia 2017

all images © ruth hartman
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