Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Blog Guelph: Spring Running Off

Made in Guelph - Milton Y

Spring Running Off Originally uploaded by Milton Y

Today's featured work comes from local photographer Milton Y. Having looked through his entire stream there were so many images and so many observations that really stood out. Milton is a seasonal photographer, in that the essence of the season - the smell, the feel of the air, the anticipation of being outside, the delicate nature unique to each - is immediate and palpable in his images. He makes exceptional use of colour and tone, which seems to impart a crispness to his works that mirrors the bite of the winter air, the softness of fall morning frost, and the relief from winter that inheres the Spring runoff. One of Milton's strongest skills as a photographer is his ability to communicate a felt sense of a space. I noticed as I looked through his images that I was transported to the places I had already been, running down a country road in Fergus in the summer, standing in a sheep barn, watching a ski race, but moreso that I had a profound sense of the affect of experiencing those unfamiliar subjects. Milton has an amazing collection of images from abandoned spaces that carry with them the air of being occupied, and a collection of family pictures that make me wish I knew the people. His images are underpinned by warmth, respect, and honest awareness, and if you haven't already checked out his stream, I would highly recommend you do so.

I am holding on to wearing the wool coat as a long as I can, but I hope you have all enjoyed these warmer days,

Paula Russell

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