Canmore: Juxtaposed

The No. 1 Mine, early 1900s and summer 2014. ©Rob Alexander

The No. 1 Mine, early 1900s and summer 2014. ©Rob Alexander

Canmore: Juxtaposed

An exhibition of blended photographs, February 2015

I’m working with the Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre to create an exhibition of blended photographs (superimposing historical photographs into modern ones) for February as part of the 2015 Exposure Photography Festival. But to pull this exhibition together, we need your help! We’re launching a fundraising campaign with an event at the Canmore Civic Centre Saturday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. Food and wine included.

The museum is offering an exclusive blended photograph at this event that won’t be featured in the exhibition, and as a result, won’t be available for purchase once the exhibition opens. This limited-edition image is available to the first ten people who donate a minimum of $150 to the project. But to get it, you have to attend the launch!

Raffle tickets will also be sold during the launch for a plaque-mounted photograph of the Canmore Miner’s Union Hall blending together an image of the hall prior to its 2013 restoration and an early 1900s wedding. Tickets are $5. The winning raffle ticket for this image will be drawn at the end of the evening.

Canmore Miners' Union Hall, circa 2010 and early 1900s. ©Rob Alexander

This photograph of the Union Hall will be raffled off a the end of the fundraising launch event.  ©Rob Alexander

If you will miss the launch and the first raffle, don’t despair. Another raffle for a blended photograph will begin the following day, Sept. 28, with tickets available at the Canmore Museum. The blended photograph available in this raffle can be seen at the museum, as well.

As part of the launch, we’re also kicking off an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign Sept. 21 and everyone who contributes to the project through the Indiegogo site will receive a reward, postcards to prints of blended photographs. I’ll post more information and a web address when the Indiegogo fundraiser Sept. 21.

You can also support the project and the museum by buying the blended photographs of your choice when the exhibition opens. The museum will be selling postcards and prints (8×10, 11×14 and 16×20) in its gift shop as an on-going fundraiser to support its operations and programming.

Finally, the exhibition photographs, which will be printed on canvas (16×20 and 11×14), will be available for purchase when the exhibition opens at the beginning of February 2015.

To everyone who does donate, thank you for supporting my work and the work of the Canmore Museum! It truly is appreciated.

I’m amazed at the response these photographs have generated so far. It’s quite unlike anything I’ve seen before in response to historical photographs. It’s exciting and I think these images are exciting as they allow us to present – and for you to see Canmore’s past and present – in a very different light.



About Rob Alexander

I am a writer, photographer and historian and the author of The History of Canmore, published by Summerthought Publishing of Banff, AB.
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