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“A cedar bog, north of Combermere ON, was a place that I used to frequent as a child. I am attracted to this area because once I step into it I am completely enveloped by it. I experience a feeling of comfort and protection, as being wrapped in a warm blanket.
“Some look at cameras as just a tool but I look at them as part of my inspiration. For ‘Cedar Bog’, I used a 5×7-inch, large-format film camera with a very wide angle lens. It was the large film with distortion-free, wide-angle view, that enabled me to create an image large enough and detailed enough to let the observer feel enveloped by the bog.” – Richard Sadowski
“Through most of my life I have been drawn to learning about the technical aspects of the world around me. I became interested in film photography 7 years ago when I found a couple of my father’s cameras – a 1935 Leica III and 1927 ICA VP.
“Photography offered unique ways to expand my knowledge by studying light transmission and reflection, and lens design. (Not to mention the opportunity of playing with lots of interesting cameras!)
“But, a few years ago a life-changing event gave me the opportunity to re-evaluate my thinking and to develop an open mind toward everything, including aesthetics as they relate to Art and the creation and appreciation of beauty.
“I began exploring the world around me with a different perspective and creating images of it with my cameras. I work mostly with either film and traditional darkroom techniques; or a ‘hybrid’ analogue/digital process. I try to maintain a beginner’s mind by experimenting with different film formats and alternative techniques, and many different cameras.”
Richard Sadowski’s images have been published in Canadian Geographic, Ontario Road Map, and local newspapers, and will appear in Black & White magazine (December 2017). He participated in the ‘Raw and Reimagined: Photo Exhibition’ at Willowbank Gallery in Niagara-on-the-Lake in early 2016. As well, two of his photographs appeared as background illustrations in the lyric book for the album ‘1221’ from Niagara songwriter and musician Cory Cruise.
Richard was born in St. Catharines and attended Brock University. After graduation, work took him around the province for a number of years until he came back to Niagara to settle down. Currently, he works in St. Catharines and lives in Port Colborne with his wife and two daughters.
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