About - Robert Boire

About the Images

Photography provides a vehicle to look at the apparent world differently. It provides a unique opportunity to see and ultimately record the richness that often lies latent or overlooked in the visual world around us. Through the subject of the photograph I attempt to create an imagery that is intriguing and that reaches beyond immediate appearance to bring about both a revelation of the latent and recognition of the familiar for the observer.

The expressive potential of the photograph lies within the possibilities of the scene itself. My intent is to simply discover and invest that essence of the scene - some intrinsic aspect of vantage point, light, color, tone or organization of form and space - to create an image that resonates for the viewer while remaining faithful to the original scene. My choice of color or monochromatic representation and the framing of the image are guided by this goal.

The Series

The photographs are organized according to themes. The boundaries between these themes are fluid and overlap.

Forgotten Places

The series Forgotten Places explores the relationship between our experience of a sense of place and memory. The photographs lie at the intersection between impersonal description of place and personal encounter, between landscape and response.

I pursue scenes and construct photographs whose ambiance and equivocal content have the potential to engage the viewer by evoking a visual memory that transcends the moment of the photograph itself and to create a transformation from passive observation to reflection and memory.

The viewer’s presence is implied in the scenes that draw on familiar motifs – empty streets, forests, scenes viewed through windows, night scenes etc - whose essence persist in our collective memory, not necessarily as particular remembered places, but as familiar images that can be suggestive of other paths. They are complex physical and psychic spaces that can be sinister or enticing, sombre, often simultaneously, and that are metaphors for isolation, silence, solitude, menace or nostalgia.

Open Spaces, Radiance, Dreamscape

These series present landscape portraits that are linked through their focus on particular elements that are emblems of each series. The photographs in Open Spaces are defined by a minimalist design that focuses on notions of space and horizon. Radiance is characterized by the phenomena of light itself as its major element. The images in Dreamscape are intended to evoke an atmosphere of absorption and contemplation.


The themes of the series Form are scenes naturally dominated by classical  forms of composition - line, pattern, color and volume - that are inherent to the scene itself. The elements depicted by the image may be either strongly defined or a subtly concealed detail within the scene.


The series Water comprises images of water characterized by abstraction and color.

If water is the subject of this series, it is also, in a very real sense, the medium. Water provides myriad opportunities for visual representation. My particular interest in this project is the exploitation of the aesthetic possibilities contained in the varied and formless nature in which water presents itself to create images that are essentially found and transient abstractions. These seemingly abstract compositions capture unexpected and striking features that, through the constant movement induced by the interplay of light, current and wind, are necessarily ephemeral. In the instant of capture, the scene momentarily becomes subject and medium concurrently.

I work with photographs from a variety of locations, though the locations themselves are unimportant. I use the photographs to create images that are derived either through the selective framing of the scene or by extracting detail from within the original photograph. The resulting excerpts are nevertheless largely unaltered from the original scene. In some cases distracting artifacts are digitally removed to enhance the ambiguity of the final image while still retaining discernible references to the subject. The predominant element is color (or its absence). The images tend to be strongly monochromatic with the recurrent theme of the subtle variations of the dominant color within the scene.

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