From the series : Toronto
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Year created: 2003
With this work and its two counterparts -- Toronto (Blue) and Toronto (Green) -- Chow turns to the medium of digital photography as an effort to deliberately set aside issues of cultural, racial and historical identities that are strongly present in other works. The mediumís short history and ability to reconstruct realities speaks to Chow of
alternative realities. He speaks of this medium allowing him to break free of his multiple identities in search of a way to
create his own identity on his own terms.
This series of images were created using over 500 digital photographs of the Toronto landscape. In composing the randomness of the work, Chow felt as if he was painting, except but only with photographic imagery on a computer. The importance of light, colour and
spirituality is carried from his paintings to this series. The use of the colours red, green and blue in the series is a direct internal reference to digital imagery with respect to and the composition of light into these three channels/colours.
Toronto (Red) was the William J. Dowkes Digital Print Winner at The 81st Annual Exhibition of
Photographs in 2003 at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery in Toronto. It was also reproduced in the 2003 Hart House Review of the University of Toronto.