2018 ARTS SIG artist Kathy Browning is an Artist and an Art Educator. She has a PhD and B.Ed. from the University of Toronto, an M.F.A. from York University, and a B.F.A. Honours from the University of Manitoba. Kathy has taught Visual Arts and Technology at the elementary, secondary and university levels and currently teaches Visual Arts in the Faculty of Education, Laurentian University. Kathy has shown work in all art media in Canada and the United States. 

I spent 14 days of intensive photographic research taking 10 000 photographs while travelling around the coast of Scotland. This includes the incredible architecture in ancient cities; amazing, magical landscapes of heather shrouded moorlands, expansive glens with grass covered hills and lowlands, and black and red mountains; and magnificent castles. Scotland is a part of my cultural heritage. This series of photographs is a merging of my artistic and academic skills as a visual arts researcher. It is similar to grounded theory (Glaser & Strauss, 1967) used for my academic research wherein I let Scotland tell me what photographs needed to be taken and my photographic eye knew when to take the photograph from my years of experience as an artist and photographer. 


I have been photographing digitally since 2000. My approach digitally began more similarly to my previous photographic approach wherein I would wait for a long time for the light. Through time this approach has changed and while I still wait for the shot watching light as photography is all about light, I also as a photographer and videographer watch people and objects moving in and out of the picture frame. While my photography is slow and meticulous I also shoot a lot each day until the camera feels like a prosthetic device on my face, an extension of my body. It is like my eyes blinking except that I have a photographic digital record. The art is still in the photographic moment as I know when I have a really great photograph at the time. This is an exhausting process as I tend to shoot for long hours daily and I then end up with a lot of photographs to edit. The work load has increased exponentially by photographing digitally. 


Each of the photographs tells a visual story. As I continuously edited my photographs for months while making files in folders I asked myself: What was my experience of Scotland? How can I represent this experience so that it has the feeling of what each inspiring photograph had when I took the shot? It is a reliving and recreating of experience while working with specialty silver papers and creating triptychs, diptychs and other layouts to photographically tell the stories. These 17-limited edition colour archival quality giclée photographic prints are the result of my photographic Scotland experience. An exhibition is a publication. Laurentian University and the Ontario Arts Council supported this exhibition of Scotland at the Stopciati Gallery in Sudbury, Ontario. 

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