The Art Spot: Carl Snyder

The Art Spot: Carl Snyder

Carl Snyder’s photographs are currently on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library at 21 Elm Avenue. Check valleylibrary.ca for open hours

WHO: I am a retired commercial, advertising, and illustrative photographer living in Wolfville. I worked as a freelance photographer in Montreal and Toronto from 1980 to 2011, when I moved to Wolfville from Toronto.

WHAT: My artistic medium is photography. I am interested in how literary phrasing can be presented visually, so my inspiration comes from writers who expand simple observations into wide thought panoramas. Here are some examples:

Should we have stayed at home and thought of here?
— Elizabeth Bishop, “Questions of Travel”.

The world is not with us enough. — Denise Levertov, “O Taste and See”

I am what is around me. — Wallace Stevens, “Theory”

WHERE: I work in Wolfville. I show locally as well as at ViewPoint gallery in Halifax.

WHEN: I have never defined myself as an artist. I mostly photograph when light and atmosphere are subtle but arresting.

WHY: Why art? No thoughts. Why my art? Fewer thoughts. Why the Annapolis Valley? A new landscape to read about and understand.