Fell showcases images at Kamloops show

Exploring B.C. runs until Oct. 4

One of Fell’s photos of the Malaspina Galleries on Gabriola Island, B.C. Photo Bill Fell

Local artist Bill Fell is being celebrated by the Kamloops Art Council with a show of his own at the Old Courthouse Gallery in Kamloops. 

Fell applied to display his work last year, was accepted, and the show called Exploring B.C., opened last week. 

This is the photographer’s first solo show in the space after a joint show with local painter Liz Derksen two years ago. 

“I like the solo show but it’s a lot of work and time put into it, but then when you go in it’s all matted the same, all black and white,” Fell said. 

The images displayed are all taken by Fell on a 1950 film camera and depict natural scenes from around the province. Since moving to B.C. from Ontario a few years ago Fell has travelled from his home base in Sun Peaks in a camping trailer. 

From Bella Coola and Vancouver Island to the Kootenays, Fell has captured wildlife and landscape photos that show his personal perspective of the province. 

An image from Duffey Lake Road. Photo Bill Fell

Twenty three images made the cut to be displayed in the show, out of hundreds of images Fell has processed in his home studio. 

“I had twice that, then I asked friends their opinions while I ran them through on a monitor without saying anything because I have my own biases.”

After finalizing his choices Fell printed them in his dark room before matting and building the frames for each photo, most of which are 16 inches by 20 inches. 

“I was working up until the last evening.”

When arranging his work in the gallery space Fell grouped photos into themes such as clouds, beaches and water, taking viewers on a journey through the different landscapes of B.C. 

Exploring B.C. runs until Oct. 5 with an opening reception on Sept. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. 

A photo from Bella Coola. Photo Bill Fell

The ArtZone director also has a busy winter ahead with an exhibition at the Kamloops Library from Dec. 2 to Feb. 29 including an artist’s talk Dec. 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. titled “Old School Photography and How it Relates to Digital”.

Showing his work, and sharing his knowledge, comes naturally to the lifelong teacher. Fell explained his time as a kayak guide and photographer also inspired his work now. 

“I just hope lots of people go and see it.”