I write as I photograph—from islands of memory and awareness. Past isn’t a continuous flow of memory but highlights and shadows on water. I walk through the world absorbed in interior space, blend into the environment until my attention is caught and held. I am of and in.
I absorb the scene, act instinctively as light transforms, people move, wind gusts and stills. Like a dance, or being onstage when everything is working, I become other.
Writing images appear in my mind. They develop over time until ready to be inscribed. Editing is like working on a play: read throughs, rehearsals, character development, finding voice, style of movement, blocking. In the end it’s the same.
In both early and recent photographs I used multiple exposures to combine ideas, time, or experiences. I try to do this as witness not commentator, overlapping concerns and different realities.
I am actor, dancer, photographer, writer who responds to the world through whatever medium I’m using. I work with a cascade of images given to me by fate: family, other creatures, landscapes, world.
1947 born in Calgary, raised in Banff, AB, Canada
2017 Vancouver Manuscript Intensive 2016 Simon Fraser University Writers Studio Diploma, Poetry 1973 The Banff Centre, Certificate in Visual Communication 1969 University of Alberta, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Theatre
2013 Turning the Page, an exhibit of handmade books, Sunny Ravens Gallery, Canmore Canada 2011 the Rainbow Mountains Expedition, Centennial Exhibition , Harmon Gallery, Banff Canada 2010 Flora, Exploring the Divine Feminine, with Lynn Swift, Harmon Gallery, Banff, Canada 2010 Exhibition of Hand Made Artist Books, Sunny Ravens Gallery, Canmore, Canada 2009 Edge of the Wild, Harmon Gallery, Banff, Canada 2009 Passing Through Fire, Wildfire as Metaphor and Inspiration: Harmon Gallery, Banff, Canada 2004 Out of the Wildfire, group exhibition, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Canada 2003 Source, artist residency and exhibition, Num-ti-jah Lodge, Canadian Rockies 1978-84 In Mountain Light - The Photographs of Byron Harmon 1906-1935, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Canada, N. American tour
Works held in private and corporate collections in Canada, the USA, and Europe
2013 Carole Harmon Online www. caroleharmon.ca, www.byronharmonphotos.com 1991-98 Nature Works and Wild Elements retail stores and gallery, Banff, Alberta, Canada 1979-01 Altitude Publishing Ltd., co-founder, co-publisher, photographer, editor, Banff, Alberta, Canada
2012 A Delicate Art, Artists, Wildflowers and Native Plants of the West, Mary-Beth Laviolette, Rocky Mountain Books, Victoria, BC, Canada 2011 the Rainbow Mountains Expedition, Centennial Viewbook of Byron Harmon photograph, Carole Harmon Editions, Banff, Canada 1984 Heart of the Rockies, Altitude Publishing Ltd., Banff, Canada 1982 Diamond in the Wilderness, photo editor, Jon Whyte text, Altitude Publishing, Banff, Canada 1982 Rockies,1 ed. English, French, German and Japanese, Altitude Publishing Ltd., Banff, Canada 1978 Great Days in the Rockies, the Photographs of Byron Harmon, Oxford University Press, Toronto, Canada