A lifelong love of photography and nature is captured in the works by Michael Hach of Simcoe, now on display in the Changing Exhibit Gallery from March 1 – 30, 2013 at the Station Arts Centre in Tillsonburg.
The exhibit details fine art landscapes, nature and the outdoors at different times of the year and during various times of the day, including dusk and dawn.
“I’ve been doing this since high school,” said artist Michael Hach. “We have a cottage up north and a lot of these (photographs) are at Algonquin Park. Wherever I go I usually take photographs.”
While Algonquin Park is one of Hach’s favourite spots to capture the beauty of nature, he also enjoys photographing nearby landscapes and outdoor scenes, including the Waterford Ponds, Spooky Hallow, Turkey Point, Long Point, and Port Dover.
“There’s some photographs with frost on the vegetation – I find that really fascinating, or some of those with the ice in Port Dover,” he said.
This is his very first exhibit not just in Tillsonburg, but the first time Hach has put his photographic works on display and shown them publicly. The Simcoe artist hopes people will enjoy his photographic artwork and take in his appreciation for the outdoors and nature.
“I want to share the beauty of the landscape. You differentiate fine art landscape photography from just pictures by putting some emotional content into it, maybe by tweaking the colours or the intensity,” said Hach. “It’s not so much altering what I’ve seen but maybe just accentuating some of the features of what I’ve seen.
“For example, some of the pictures of rotting logs with lichen on it - it just looks like little forests so I’ve named them micro-forests,” he said of some of the photographs taken around his cottage in central Ontario.
Hach frames his own photographs, manufacturing them from rough cut lumber and matting and mounting the prints into his custom-made black oak frames.
“I like highlighting the whole process of making the frames right from scratch – and participate in the whole process of displaying them from start to finish,” he added.
Hach has put a lot of time and effort into developing his photography and his skills over the years, and wants to provide the public with the opportunity to share in his passion.
“I’ve priced my photographs favourably, they’re affordable.”
With years of experience behind him and a great love for the hobby, Hach will continue photographing fine art landscapes and sharing the beauty he sees and captures in his work.
“It is my passion,” said Hach. “I can do this forever.”