"I am interested in the difference between 'the landscape' as an ideal or essential vision and the nature that it represents in this age of 'experience-by-proxy'. In our urban environments, we have learned to ignore distinctions between the authentic and the fabricated."
Lorraine Gilbert is a renowned landscape photographer best known for her documentation of the impact of the forest industry on British Columbia's environment. Her interest in the cultural aspect of landscape photography is reflected in her most recent panoramic digital photographs which often demonstrate the gap between our technological-savvy culture and wild nature.
Gilbert studied Environmental Biology at McGill University in Montreal and Forestry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in the late 1970s before starting her artistic practice. She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Photography from Concordia University, Montreal in 1987. She was a member of Boréal Art/Nature (1995-2001), an artist run centre and collective in the Laurentians, where she helped organize international projects and residencies, and designed their publications. She taught at Concordia University in Montreal and NSCAD in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2001-2002. She presently teaches photography and visual arts at the University of Ottawa.
For over twenty years, Lorraine Gilbert has created thematic series, working with large scale images built digitally from a bank of source images, such as Once (upon) a Forest, Lebreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario (2010). Her work is included in numerous art collections, both public and private and has been exhibited nationally and internationally. A member of the Royal Academy of Canadian Arts, she has won numerous awards throughout her career, including the first Yousuf and Malak Karsh Award in 2003.