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Boathouse with Moonlight, 2003

Scott McFarland
Canadian, 1975
dye coupler print on paper
180.3 x 233.7 cm
Purchased 2004
National Gallery of Canada (no. 41336)

"Boathouse with Moonlight " is an exploration of the technical advancements afforded by digital photography, created by assembling multiple exposures taken over the space of two hours under the light of a full moon. Unlike traditional photography, this image does not represent one specific moment captured at a particular site; rather, it shows an accumulation of moments that have been manipulated and layered to create a revised version of the boathouse and its surroundings. McFarland’s use of multiple exposures to produce the final image emphasizes not only the duration of the photographic act, but also the many facets of the boathouse’s character. This type of building on British Columbia's “Sunshine Coast” is disappearing with the construction of new, suburban-style retirement housing.




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