Dejeuner

PhotographerDale M Reid
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

The portrayal of food as an art form is deeply rooted in cultural history. The series Dejeuner seduces the viewer with provocative images of the oyster mushroom. Through traditional composition, lighting and darkroom development, the skilled execution of each photograph captures the texture and allure of the oyster mushroom. Dejeuner's examination of this sacred and mystical symbol inspires reflection about the arts communion with food, nature and beauty.

About Photographer

Contemporary fine art photographer Dale M Reid has gone through many transitions in life: from leaving the corporate world and entering the art world, to the discovery of inter-femininity and a new outlook on life. Photography has always played an important role in Dale’s life; however, since 1999 she has developed and moved into a second career as a fine art photographer. Dale’s outlook on life changed drastically when her life partner and soulmate was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Despite the challenges over the years, their relationship continues to grow stronger. Inspired by studying other photographers work and other art forms, her artwork has been compared to classical photographers such as Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, as well as to contemporary photographers such as Robert Mapplethorpe and Cindy Sherman. In creating her artwork, Dale exclusively uses black & white film and traditional photography methods. The lack of color allows the viewer to focus on the variety of textures and the richness of interesting lines and shapes that engage in an elegant visual synthesis onto each photograph. Early photographic explorations included landscapes and interpretative self portraits. She started to develop her artistic style with a strong focus on creating landscape images. These images ranged from maritime to urban to industrial views. After moving into her studio in 2008, her work has expanded significantly to include floral and still life studies. Today, her artwork is primarily created in the studio where she creates botanical subjects with unimaginable personality and emotion. Working in the controlled studio environment has allowed Dale more flexibility to experiment with composition and lighting. Moving beyond the traditional vibrant and brilliant colors of the flower, Dale’s black & white floral studies focus on the artistic expression of the flower. Elegant white or black backgrounds highlight her subjects, allowing them to monopolize the photographs, filing the space with their unique voices and stories. Life, energy and emotions are captured in Dale’s Pears series – photographs that are far from still! Several of Dale’s pear images have a whimsical feel, particularly evident in ‘Marching Pears, ‘Dessert Pears’ and ‘Pears Dancing in the Rain’. The portrayal of food as an art form is deeply rooted in cultural history. In Dale’s most recent series, she pursues this theme by creating erotic and thought provoking images of the oyster mushroom, depicting the texture and allure of an otherwise under-appreciated subject. Dale’s artwork continues to be recognized internationally by juried art competitions resulting in the participation in group exhibitions, awards and nominations. In 2013, Dale was invited to have ten images from her oyster mushroom series featured in a Spanish photography magazine along with thirteen other international photographers. This international exposure has earned Dale several invitations to participate in art fairs throughout North America, Europe and the Far East. Dale M Reid is currently based in Toronto, Canada.