David Burdeny, Tabulars in Hope Bay, Antarctica (2007), colour photograph on aluminum mount [Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver BC, Sep 11-Oct 5]
David Burdeny: North|South
Jennifer Kostiuk Gallery
Vancouver, BC Sept 11Oct 5, 2008
David Burdeny is a Winnipeg-born photographer with a fascination for oceans. In his fifth exhibit of work at the Jennifer Kostuik Gallery he presents austerely-reduced, almost surreal images of icebergs and foggy skies off the shores of Greenland and Antarctica. Coastal glaciers, ice shelves and massive tabular icebergs pinnacled, flat-topped or pyramidal rise starkly from the dark waters and skies of his dramatic panoramas. They are massive, frosty and starkly beautiful.
Burdeny earned a Master of Architecture in 1998 at the University of Manitoba. He has been the recipient of numerous International Photography Awards, including a first, second and third place, and in 2005 was named Non-Professional Nature Photographer of the Year. In 2004 and in 2005 he also received an Award of Excellence from Communication Arts Photo Annual Competition, and has several International B+W Spider Awards to his credit.
Burdeny shoots with a Hasselblad medium format camera and an 80mm lens, and a 38mm Hasselblad SWC/M. He frequently uses black and white, silver-based 120 roll film developed by hand in small reel tanks. The archival prints in North|South were done on Fuji Crystal Archive Photo Paper using a Cymbolic Sciences Lightjet 5000 printer. Of his minimalist compositions he writes, The glory lies not in the act of clarification or reduction, but in the experience of what is left sublime experience....