Valley Farms series:
- Onion Field
- Cooling System, Canning NS
- Bell Pepper picking, Canning NS
- Workers on Break, Cambridge NS
Photographs, colour inkjet prints
Declan O’Dowd is a photographer and graphic designer based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and attended The Cooper Union in New York. Place is an integral part of his image making process while questioning man’s mark on the environment. His current work aims to interweave narratives through photographing a mix of landscapes, portraits, and objects. His work is found in numerous corporate and private collections and he’s exhibited at commercial and university art galleries.
The Valley Farms series began as a project exploring the seasonal workers of the Annapolis Valley but soon became an exploration into the current fruit, vegetable and grain agriculture of Nova Scotia. Farmers’ markets in urban areas have grown in popularity and while we’re reminded that there are economic, environmental and social benefits to eating local, we seldom inquire how these medium sized farms function. The work brings to light the agricultural technologies and labourers who provide us with subsistence throughout the year.