an investigative photo documentary

Exclusive 20-page photo essay from our investigative journalist team in collaboration with award-winning photojournalist Ryan Walker. Location: Toronto, Canada Copyright Wondereur 2020.

MEET with artist Robert Burley curated by one of the world's most celebrated artists Edward Burtynsky.

Burley
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THESE SPACES ARE CONSTANTLY IN FLUX.
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Every time you go, it’s a different place.
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Not just between fall and winter, but between one week and the next, one day and the next. The landscape is so affected by weather, light, and the presence of people. You never get bored with it.
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FOR MY LANDSCAPE PROJECTS, I HAVE VISITED EACH PLACE AT LEAST A DOZEN TIMES.
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Then, there’s the printing, the methods of creating physical photographs — whether it’s digital or analog, in a darkroom or in a printing studio.
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Printing is a process where you really spend a lot of time with your images.
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THAT’S WHEN YOU TAKE OWNERSHIP OF THE WORK.
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I USE PHOTOGRAPHY AS A DOCUMENTARY AND EXPRESSIVE FORM, SIMULTANEOUSLY.
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After New York and Boston, this project around Toronto allows me to revisit my childhood. One of my favourite things to do was explore the landscape – both alone and with my brothers and friends.
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In Picton, where I grew up, it was easy to make that transition from the built to the natural environment – from the streets to the farmers’ fields, and then to the wooded areas.
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When I started doing architectural photography, I learned how to create images that would allow people to put themselves into a different place.
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IT’S ALL ABOUT CREATING IMAGES THAT GIVE THE ILLUSION OF A THREE-DIMENSIONAL SPACE.
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The greatest experience of being an artist is when you’re able to present a work to someone else and they understand your enthusiasm or excitement.
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THEY SEE WHAT YOU SAW, THEY FEEL WHAT YOU FELT ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR PLACE.
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ONE OF MY HEROES IS EUGENE ATGET.
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When I look at Atget’s photographs, there’s this wonderful visual complexity – a clarity that allows me to be on that 19th-century Parisian street with him, the moment that he clicked the shutter.
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THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHS ARE THE ONES THAT TAKE ME TO ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER PLACE.