As long as she can remember, Delta photographer Valerie Hider had a passion for photography. In 2008 she began a journey to wholeheartedly focus her energy on her lifelong passion for photography by joining the Delta Photo Club.
Her goal was to immerse herself into her craft and to transform her images from snapshots to fine art. The club supported her in learning the finer technical aspects of mastering the camera and how to creatively express her vision. The many talented and accomplished club photographers provided mentorship, constructive critiques, and inspiration which helped her to gain confidence and to improve her skills and knowledge of the many photographic genres.
This exploratory journey has helped her to find a style that speaks to her heart. The beauty and sensuality of the images produced by using a slow shutter speed technique and intentional camera movement captivate her.
Valerie was influenced by her many years of dancing where she first discovered a fond appreciation for graceful movement and vibrant colours. She seeks opportunities to combine colour and motion to create her impressionistic art. She finds inspiration from the creative works of Kathleen Clemons, Denise Ippolito, and Freeman Patterson to name a few.
Valerie continually searches for rich colours, warm light, and subjects she can use to infuse motion and colour photographically to create an image that portrays an “ethereal, dreamlike quality that dances with a magical energy”.
A simple photograph transformed into an intriguing piece of art.
Looking Out for Aspens – Artist’s Statement
It is a challenge finding aspen trees in the lower mainland of B.C.
This spring I was fortunate to have the opportunity to explore the Rocky Mountains near Banff. It was here that I finally found aspen trees to capture to create the triptych for this exhibit.
I am attracted to the random symmetry and the unique white bark of aspens. I wanted to create my own artistic interpretation of aspen trees by incorporating unique colours to contrast the white bark and give the triptych either a spring or autumn feeling.
I look forward to creating more unique aspen tree images for this project.
Batik Inspiration – Artist’s Statement
WANDER, WONDER & PONDER
(inspired by the poetry of John O’Donohue)
I’ve chosen the title “WANDER, WONDER & PONDER” for my collection of works as it closely describes the process my mind follows as I venture out to photograph and create an image. The process of finding and discovering a beautiful subject or intriguing scene excites me as much as anticipating my images as they are being downloaded to my computer as I eagerly anticipate my first look on a larger screen.
WANDER – walk or move in a leisurely, casual, or aimless way.
I wander, intently looking for something unique to photograph or something perhaps that is rarely seen or ignored that I can draw attention to or help to tell a story. I am attracted to beautiful light and bold colours which capture my attention like a magnet. I also look for movement as I feel it incorporates life and energy into a scene or subject.
- “Take time to see the quiet miracles that seek no attention” ― John O’Donohue
WONDER – A feeling of amazement and admiration, caused by something beautiful, remarkable, or unfamiliar.
I wonder, how the beauty I find can be interpreted to illustrate my vision. Should I capture the the fine details, from shadows to highlights, add motion, or look for an interesting angle or perspective? Often times I will try numerous techniques or ideas with the same scene.
- “Each new day is a path of wonder, a different invitation” ― John O’Donohue
PONDER – think about (something) carefully, especially before making a decision or reaching a conclusion.
I ponder, the photographic image while I consider a variety of artistic post-processing options. Can the image or story be enhanced by exaggerating the light, boosting the colour or adding texture to create a different mood or to add a personality to the image to create an impressionistic or abstract image?
I thrive on the process of seeking, finding, capturing and exercising my creativity and imagination to create unique images which are intended to evoke emotion.
- “Imagination is the greatest friend of possibility” ― John O’Donohue“Many of us have made our world so familiar that we do not see it anymore. An interesting question to ask yourself at night is, What did I really see this day?” ― John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
Valerie Hider seeks to find nature’s beauty presented in unique shapes and subjects with varied hues which illustrate a sense of gentle motion.
These scenes are brought to life through enhanced colours and printed on high gloss aluminum to give them maximum impact and to evoke a sense of “fantasy and wonder with an ethereal, dreamlike quality that dances with a magical vibrant energy”.
- “Colour is the clothing of beauty.” ― John O’Donohue, Divine Beauty: The Invisible Embrace