Hope, Old Cars in Yard
20 x 20 inches
BIO: Toni Hafkenscheid (b. 1959) a Toronto-based photographer, is originally from Rotterdam. He has exhibited in galleries throughout Canada and internationally. He received his M.F.A. in Photography from Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. His work is in the collections of the Canadian Museum for Contemporary Photography, Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canada Council Art Bank, Kodak Netherlands, and Kodak France, among others. Toni Hafkenscheid is represented in the USA by Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta and Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago and in Toronto, Canada by Birch Libralato Gallery. www.thphotos.com
STATEMENT: The most fascinating aspect of photography for me is the fact that it so closely resembles reality. In my work I like to explore what constitutes fact and fiction in a photograph by trying to blur the limits between reality and fiction. On a summer trip to British Columbia, Canada a few years ago it struck me, (a city kid from Amsterdam) how bizarre and almost fake the landscape in B.C. looked. It reminded me of the model train set that I used to play with when I was a kid. When looking at this this artificial world from high above, you almost felt like God, but if you got down real close, this world would start to look almost real again. In this series of photographs I try to play with this illusion of real and fake in the landscape by utilizing a shallow depth of field to make some parts of the image soft and others in focus. The colors in the photographs are tweaked to look like old postcards and recall a certain American dream, an idealized view of an immediate future typical of the 1950s.