Life After Camp – Finn O’Hara

Finn O’Hara in collaboration with Steve Driscoll “It Seems Too Much Effort To Even Sleep”

Summer camp is all about the outdoors and this can have a major impact on a child’s future career. Take photographer extraordinaire and Camp Ahmek alum Finn O’Hara, for example.

Finn attended Ahmek from 1989 to 1994, working as a CIT, Bantam Counsellor, Pioneer Counsellor, Senior Counsellor, Quetico Counsellor, and Senior Section Director. TSC is where he explored his love for the outdoors, made friendships that will last a lifetime, and discovered a lot about himself. When asked how camp impacted his life, he responded with “TSC gave me the opportunity to guide children along their journeys of outdoor exploration, and helped set  the foundation to being a better parent and uncle. And for that, I am extremely grateful. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been faced with a bored group of kids, and I somehow remember how to entertain young minds.”

We are so excited to hear that he has an upcoming exhibit at the McMichael Art Gallery in Kleinburg, Ontario in which he channels his love for the outdoors.

“A Primary Exhibition organized by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection for Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Size Matters brings together the work of painter Steve Driscoll and photographer Finn O’Hara for their first-ever exhibition at a public art gallery.

Finn O’Hara in collaboration with Steve Driscoll, “Some Roads Where Not Made For Such Journeys”

These Toronto-based artists face a dichotomy familiar to many Millennials: urban lifestyles combined with a love for the outdoors. Their work is a creative response to the need for a sense of scale. The resulting images are moments of intervention on landscapes that are sharply foreign to the production and even subject matter of the paintings themselves. A wooded portage route joins passersby on Queen Street West; a giant northern lights landscape finds itself fireside in the concrete jungle; and a multi-panelled waterfall is juxtaposed with towers of commerce in Edmonton.

The process of photographing art is laid bare, but any sense of practicality is abandoned for wit, and Guerrilla-style set making produces a document of art documentation. The disconnect between seemingly impromptu outdoor sets and the landscape paintings they act to frame underlines the impasse reached between en plein air methods and Canadian landscape painting in the 21st century.” – McMichael Collection Website, 2017.

If you are interested in checking this extremely cool exhibit out, head over to the McMichael! It will be on display from March 11th – October 9th 2017. Click on the image below to be directed to the website :).

Finn O’Hara in collaboration with Steve Driscoll, I Saw All this Continue On 2014, Digital Chromogenic Print, 45” x 60