Nodwell“High key” is a traditional style of photography that uses soft lighting for reduced contrast with white backgrounds. In this exhibit, I have played loosely with a high key type of approach in order to create a mood or atmosphere. By exposing only the key elements of an image, leaving the rest to be guessed or imagined, the photographs express a sense of mystery or have a dream-like quality.  I have called this series, “Essences” because the eye is drawn to elements of the photograph that might be overlooked in a more conventionally exposed image.

These photographs are created almost entirely in the camera by selecting a certain exposure at the time of taking the photo.  Post-processing work is limited to “developing” the image digitally. That means working with the image in Lightroom to produce the best possible print, without substantially changing the image.

The photographs in this exhibit were taken in Vancouver, B.C.; Paris, France; and China.

Artist Bio

Evelyn Nodwell, an Anthropologist and Ph.D. graduate of UBC, attended the Alberta College of Art for two years before moving to Vancouver. She has taken photography workshops with masters such as Sharron Milstein, Nevada Weir and Sam Abell, as well as taken classes in Langara College’s Photography Program.

Evelyn had a one-month solo exhibit at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens, Vancouver; exhibited in the Art Museum of Guiyang in China as a member of an artists’ exchange group; and had an image in She began 2015 with an exhibit in The Gallery at Highcroft throughout January; through The Ferry Building Gallery, has contracted a solo exhibit at the West Vancouver City Hall in May; and in April will be exhibiting at the Burnaby Art Gallery and Deer Lake Gallery along with British Columbian and visiting Chinese artists.

Evelyn has had prints in the Burnaby Art Gallery Sales and Rental division; and has had photos published in Canadian Geographic Magazine, The Province newspaper and Vancouver Coast and Mountains Tourism publications. She has given photography workshops and presentations, and judges for camera clubs. Her images regularly score in the top 2-10% in local competitions.

As an anthropologist and independent filmmaker, Evelyn Nodwell has worked in British Columbia and India. Based on her research in India, she produced two television documentaries in collaboration with Knowledge Network.

This exhibition runs from March 2 to April 15, 2015 at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 2nd floor foyer exhibition gallery space.

To see photos of this exhibition, please click here.

ClareYow_ChinoThe politics of identity and location are inexplicably tied to the ways in which space and the self are mutually constitutive. The self as a site, is one of continuous splitting, doubling, and grafting, of histories, markings, and vulnerabilities. In this exhibition of new photographs and small sculptural works, artist Clare Yow focuses on the mobile and malleable body as material for interrogating personal, political lived experience. Togetherness-in-difference is an imperative issue for 21st century cultural and identity politics. Holding a doubled relationship or dual loyalty to the idea of places, is for Clare, at once invigorating and troubling, rewarding and tiring.


Clare Yow is a Vancouver-based artist, holding a Master in Fine Arts in Visual Art from the University of British Columbia and an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photographic Studies from Ryerson University. Her art practice is foregrounded in the everyday and seemingly unremarkable as subject matter, material and process. With ongoing interests that lie in navigating what it means to be located within the triple bind, hyphenated existence, and imaginary homeland of Chinese-Canadian femininity, Clare’s work seeks to explore how conditions of in-between-ness come to exist in relation to her particular subjectivities.

It is of note that Clare was born in Singapore 100 years after the Chinese Immigration Act of 1885, and that on Canada Day this year, it was 90 years ago that the Chinese Exclusion Act first came into effect.

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Reading List

*These are some books that helped guide Clare’s research and work.

On not speaking Chinese : living between Asia and the West / Ien Ang.
Koerner Library / DS732 .A585 2001

Art on my mind : visual politics / bell hooks.
Irving K. Barber / N6537.585 A2 1995

Woman, native, other : writing postcoloniality and feminism / Trinh T. Minh-ha.
XWI7XWA Library / YC T75 W66 1989

Race, space, and the law : unmapping a white settler society / edited by Sherene H. Razack.
Koerner Library / FC104 .R313 2002

Displacement, diaspora, and geographies of identity / edited by Smadar Lavie and Ted Swedenburg.
Koerner Library / GN357 .D57 1996

Mappings : feminism and the cultural geographies of encounter / Susan Stanford Friedman.
Koerner Library / HQ1190 .F77 1998

China, transnational visuality, global postmodernity / Sheldon H. Lu.
Koerner Library / DS779.23 .L82 2001

Black skin, white masks / Frantz Fanon ; translated from French by Richard Philcox.
Koerner Library / GN645 .F313 2008

Black looks : race and representation / bell hooks.
Okanagan Library / E185.86 .H734 1992

The writing on the wall : Chinese and Japanese immigration to BC, 1920 / Hilda Glynn-Ward.
Koerner Library / PR9217.O89 W8 1921 A

GalleryshowposterEach year, the UBC Photo Society, one of the largest student AMS clubs at UBC organizes an art exhibition featuring photos taken by members. “Click” is an exhibition hosted by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, featuring the photography of students. The purpose and mission of the UBC Photo Society is to develop the photographer while offering the training and facilities of UBC. The society strives to give photography enthusiasts a place to meet, talk, and share ideas about photography while offering facilities and mentoring that assists students in taking their photography to the next level.

From March 1st to March 31st, photos taken by members of the UBC Photo Society will be available for viewing in the IKBLC foyer display cases and in Ike’s Café.

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