Outside of Time

Rocks presume a sense of stability, constancy and strength- we imagine them as immoveable and unchanging. Yet they are neither static nor solitary – they exist within a slow progression of time, incrementally changing, or being changed by their environment and other events.  They are hardened liquid, molded, shaped, tossed, and split.  Mountains are ground down and softened by time and weather.  Geological texts describe this activity as “flowing” or “folded and bent” – a history of land and time.
This concept sets the framework for my on-going photographic investigations of ancient landforms throughout Canada, places that reveal some of the oldest rocks on earth, where ancient mountain ranges are still in evidence.  I locate areas where rock has been transformed, often in violent ways, where patterned shapes in the present-day strata mirror the forces that created them.
Through my photographs, I illustrate how these spectacular landforms change so abruptly as one moves from east to west across the country, almost as a way of unravelling history.  All of these regions continue to change in incremental ways through a gradual process of natural events and human interaction, especially as people filter into the most remote areas.  Yet the bones, the original forms,  stand out, providing us with clues to the past.  Galleries:   Georgian Bay    Newfoundland