The 'Jazz Scene: Jazz Heard!' exhibit: Just like any performance, you'll have to attend in person to fully appreciate it
The 'Jazz Scene: Jazz Heard!' exhibit: Just like any performance, you'll have to attend in person to fully appreciate it

OttawaJazzScene.ca is 5 years old on July 3! We're celebrating this milestone with a special photographic print exhibition of the Ottawa-Gatineau and Canadian jazz scene.

Originating in my work as OttawaJazzScene.ca's photojournalist, Jazz Scene: Jazz Heard!  speaks about the connections between listeners and musicians, photographed over the past decade.

The exhibit includes images made in many different locations, outside and inside, in small cafés and giant halls, mid-day and late at night, at festivals and one-time concerts.

There's something special about making an archival-quality, fine art photographic print to hang on a wall. As the famous landscape photographer Ansel Adams stated, “The negative is comparable to the composer’s score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways.”

Making my digital image is an essential first step in the public performance of my art, but it's only the beginning. The printing process provides opportunity to shape my digital score by cropping, and tonal and chromatic adjustments in subtle ways, and to select a paper that supports the image.

Many fine art photographic print images exhibited these days do not exist in reality because they've been photoshopped. They've been built from multiple images (perhaps even from different locations or days) or had unwanted elements removed (“cloned out”). In this exhibit, my prints adhere to photojournalism standards. They're each made from a single digital image (or two images beside each other). Nothing that wasn't in the original scene has been added in, and nothing has been erased because it was undesired. Brightness, contrast and colour have been adjusted to portray what the eye of a viewer at the scene might have seen (with most of the adjustment being brightening; the eye is a far more sensitive optical instrument than most cameras).

The Canadian jazz and creative, improvised music scene is exciting by itself. It doesn't need to be fabricated from fantasy.

   – Brett Delmage

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Where and when to see the exhibit

Jazz Scene: Jazz heard! is showing at the GigSpace ART Gallery, part of the GigSpace Performance Studio, one of the main venues for live jazz in Ottawa.

Some prints will be rotated in and out during the duration of the exhibit. Watch for updates to this article for advance notice about changes.

Enjoy one of the live jazz or other musical performances and the exhibit before or after the show or during intermission:

You can also view the exhibit when Alcorn Music Studios/GigSpace are open: Monday to Thursday, 3 to 9 p.m. and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and open during all GigSpace concerts and events.

GigSpace ART Gallery
located with GigSpace, in Alcorn Music Studios
953 Gladstone Avenue (one block west of Preston Avenue, just west of the O Train tracks) [map]
613-729-0693

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