EMILY CARR AWARD WINNER: KIRSTEN BERLIE
Kirsten Berlie is a talented young photographer from Vancouver whose work ranges from the serendipity of everyday moments to extended explorations of specific travel destinations. In spite of its diversity, what remains consistent throughout Berlie's body of work is the gentle and almost careful treatment of light -- when she states, on her website, that she "strive[s] to make you smile", one can certainly agree that her work fulfills this objective.
The project that she will be showing at Winsor Gallery this July continues to explore the theme of travel and serendipity that has been present in Berlie's previous work. The series of nine photographs captures wintry and charming road-trip moments along British Columbia's Crowsnest Highway, exploring the phantom identity of otherwise anonymous interior townships through hand-painted signage, characteristic architecture, and snow. Kirsten is the winner of the Canon Photography Award (2nd Place).
20" x 20", series of 9