It’s kind of a Salon des Refusés.
The idea came to me a few years back when the Capture Photography Festival excluded a major Vancouver photographer from its annual celebration of photography.
So many photographers; so few walls to hang their pictures.
A number of years ago Andrea Collins had a gallery on Salt Spring Island devoted to photography.
When I visited soon after it opened, Andrea recognized me but couldn’t remember the where, or the what, so I reminded her that she had seen some of my pictures in a group show and she’d said, during a long conversation, she liked them very much.
Even though it was obvious Andrea didn’t remember my pictures, she immediately asked me to submit something to the gallery.
I tried to dissuade her by saying I didn’t think my stuff was what she wanted, but she insisted.
So I told her the name of my website.
She quickly found it on her laptop, and said, “Clearcuts! You’re the guy who takes pictures of clearcuts. I don’t want clearcuts in my gallery.”
She liked my pictures in someone else’s gallery, but not hers.
So I know about “Refusés”.
Here’s to “Refusés”.
John Denniston / April, 2021