January 1 – January 28, 2021
The Slide Room Gallery is proud to introduce you to Canadian photographer Daniel Hogan (Victoria, BC). We are pleased to be hosting MISDIRECTION, a solo exhibition of Hogan’s work. This photographic series questions the accuracy of first impressions, inviting us to spend time investigating each image. Hogan’s carefully composed photographs highlight the inconsistencies, interruptions and contradictions that continually happen around us in everyday life.
MISDIRECTION by Daniel Hogan
My photographic work focuses on highlighting found elements of visual design in everyday urban scenes. I address the graphic qualities of line, colour, form and light in the same manner as the human figures within my work: as subjects. These images are motivated by finding hidden narratives and overlooked beauty in the day-to-day.
The compositions are not pre-arranged or manipulated, but are discovered as I walk with camera in hand. What is the light doing? Where are the shadows? What colours are most intense and who is in my view connecting these visual dots? Intentionally being aware of these and other elements within my environment is essential in my practice.
My work explores the open narratives, connections and play between these found graphic elements and the figures within each scene. These photographs share stories—not just the stories of people, but also of the buildings they built, the things they have or do not have and the decisions being made in the moment.
Within this framework I find themes I’m consciously seeking and themes that come forward on their own. The photos in MISDIRECTION are from various geographic locations but share a key similarity: they are not quite as they first appear. Closer investigation of these photographs offers alternat narratives with closer investigation, contradicting initial impressions.
Daniel Hogan is a self-taught photographer who first picked up a camera with intention while living in Shanghai almost a decade ago. He developed and grew his skillset while working with international photographers, documenting events and shooting for lifestyle magazines. His artistic practice continues to be influenced by the technical training he gained through these experiences. After returning to Canada, he completed the Graphic Design program at BCIT in 2016.
Hogan’s photographs rely solely on natural and found light sources and are almost always taken while on foot. His work has been seen in multi-media shows, published online and chosen for inclusion in specialty art books.
We encourage you to look at Daniel Hogan’s website by clicking here.
MISDIRECTION by Daniel Hogan
Thank you for viewing MISDIRECTION, a digital exhibition by Daniel Hogan. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Please stay tuned for new exhibitions coming soon.
©Daniel Hogan. Images courtesy of the artist.