From just outside of Edmonton, photographer Allan Bailey has been producing work professionally for the last 17 years, but has always been interested in photography. “My dad was an avid photographer when I was young and so the gear was always around. As I got older, I enjoyed drawing, building things, working on cars — I just really like being creative. Photography was an outlet for me to do that.”
Bailey’s work celebrates all that is beautiful in rural Alberta, but not in a traditional way. He likes to focus on the details of an object or a space to make the shot more contemporary and evoke a feeling or memory. “I try to make the typical ‘field with clouds and a barbed wire fence’ shot a little different,” says Bailey, “whether it is looking at it from a different perspective, upside down, or backwards. I just like to make things look different than what is initially obvious about them.”
He must be doing something right, as he was named the 2015 Alberta Photographic Artist of the Year by the Professional Photographers of Canada, and won the 2016 National Photographic Artist of the Year Award.
You can view his work from June 23 until July 8 at the Bugera Matheson Gallery, where he will be showing a collection of stunning shots that were taken with his iPhone 5s during a year-long project that involved shooting a meaningful photo every day and posting them on social media.
Atmosphere | June 23 – July 8
With an extensive background in photography, Allan Bailey was recently nominated for the National Photographer of the Year award by the Professional Photographers of Canada. This exhibition showcases photos from his trip across Alberta, all of which he captured on his iPhone.
Bugera Matheson Gallery | 10345-124 St. | 780-482-2854