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Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival | Primal Encounters

Posted on 30 May 2011 by Liza Mae V.

about Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

“CONTACT is an annual festival of photography in Toronto, during the month of May, with over 1000 local, national and international artists exhibiting at more than 200 venues … the festival is devoted to celebrating, and fostering the art and profession of photography.  CONTACT is the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural event in Canada.” – Visit the festivals website for more information. (


Contact Festival - Primal Encounters Front Installation

Exhibit Overview | Primal Encounters featuring Janusz Wrobel

As I was roaming through exhibits the name and sample photos of  ‘Primal Encounters’ featuring Janusz Wrobel for Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the photos online caught my eye.  There is something about nature photography with water that always seems to draw me in to the photo.  Prior to even reading the description, I failed to recognize that these photos were taken in Canada in the Great Canadian Shield.  The exhibit is being held at the Petroff Gallery (1016 Eglinton Ave W.) until June 6, 2011.

Contact Festival - Primal Encounters Installation at Petroff Gallery

Contact Festival - Primal Encounters Installation at Petroff Gallery (photo courtesy of Petroff Gallery)

As I entered the gallery, I was greeted by some ladies who worked there and they gave me the scoop on the photographer and how he creates his photography.  He basically camps out at various locations for a couple of weeks at a time and is very selective with his photos, every photograph is composed with thought and precision.

“Landscape photography is not about the art of seeing but more about the art of experiencing. I take the time to study and identify the relationships of all key elements. By the time I arrive at a personal perspective I have become a part of the picture” – Janusz Wrobel

What really amazes me is that some of the images are taken in Ontario. I’ve heard from a couple of friends who have camped around Ontario and mentioned that there are some beautiful places that you would never imagine existed in Ontario, but now that I’ve seen some amazing photos by Janusz Wrobel, I am intrigued to discover what Ontario has to offer.  I’ve never camped before but I am always up for the adventure.  Road trip and camping anyone?

Favorite Photographs from the Primal Encounters Exhibit

Contact Festival - Primal Encounters_Deep
Contact Festival - Primal Encounters_From-Here-and-Now-#1
From Here and Now #1
Contact Festival - Primal Encounters_From-Pebble-Beach-#1
From Pebble Beach #1

The last photo really brought back memories of  the Philippines in 2010 when I went to Guintubdan and climbed the mountain to go to the falls.  I couldn’t believe how clean the water was and admired how beautiful the rocks looked in the water.

Guintubdan, Philippines 2010
Guintubdan, Philippines 2010

Exhibit & Photographer Information

WHERE: Petroff Gallery – 1016 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, M6C 2C5
WHEN: May 1 –  June 6
Mon – Sat 10am – 6pm
Sun 12 – 5pm
(416) 782 1696
PHOTOGRAPHER: Janusz Wrobel (



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