For Capture Photography Festival 2013, Photohaus Gallery features Vancouver-based Marc Koegel’s photography. Koegel’s black-and-white photographs seek to inspire with their beauty, timelessness, and minimalism. His images depict both natural and architectural forms, photographed in North America as well as Europe.
Koegel, an international award-winning photographer, often uses extended time exposures to create his works. This exhibition features two of his latest bodies of work. The Canadian Prairies Series is an ongoing project that was started in 2009. Travelling thousands of kilometres throughout the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, Koegel photographed granaries and grain elevators, many of which were once the proud symbol of economic activity of the surrounding areas. As these structures are disappearing at an increasingly rapid pace in recent years, Koegel’s photographs are created to preserve the memories, as well as raise awareness and help in the preservation efforts of this important part of our cultural, as well as economic, history.
Selected works from Koegel’s most recent series, The Lighthouse Series, will also be on display. Similar in artistic style and motivation, this work focuses on historic lighthouses. Growing up next to the water in his hometown of Hamburg, Germany, Koegel developed a deep affection for and interest in lighthouses, as the gatekeepers and lifelines of the many ships from near and far. The use of time exposure techniques when creating his images offers a short glimpse into the rich history of each structure.