Huw Morgan went to art school to learn how to be a better photographer. On the way, he discovered his inner environmentalist. In his latest work, Huw documents mankind’s adversarial relationship with nature and how our destructive attempts to tame and organize nature are doomed to eventually fail.
Huw was born in Wales, United Kingdom, and emigrated to Canada when he was 10 years old. He went to the University of Toronto, graduating in mathematics and received his MBA from York University. Huw recently received a Certificate in photo arts from the Haliburton School of the Arts, part of Fleming College.
He has been fortunate to have had three parallel careers: as an Information Technology professional, a musician and a photographer. As a musician, he has been a drummer and lead singer of several Canadian rock bands as well as a classically trained tenor who has sung with Canadian opera companies and oratorio choirs.
Huw’s latest gallery exhibition, Traces, has been selected by the curatorial committee of the Kawartha Art Gallery for a solo show, running from August 27th to October 15th, 2017.
Huw’s photographic career began in the early 2000s with the advent of digital imaging. His image called “Phonehenge” was featured in the Best Submissions of 2009 show at the Elaine Fleck Gallery in October, 2009 and his work has been featured and sold in several shows at the Elaine Fleck Catalog of Contemporary Art in Toronto. His Road North images have also illustrated Ontario Wheat magazine and his images of wolves have been featured in New Zealand Travel magazine. Huw has exhibited and sold his work for the past three years in the juried Canterbury Creative Arts Show and Sale in Scarborough, Ontario. Two of his Traces photographs were recently shown as part of the Members’ Salon exhibition at the Rails-end Gallery in Haliburton Ontario.
Huw is currently working on three projects:
- Traces – a series of photographs about the constancy of change. Industries come and go. Human infrastructure is built and then decays. Civilizations rise and fall. In this project, Huw examines human artefacts that document the traces of former human structures, some decayed and some preserved, to show how quickly nature reclaims our efforts and to pose questions around why we choose to preserve some traces and not others.
- End of summer – a collection of images inspired by the life and slow decline of my father. These colourful photographs of summer attractions taken in the off-season represent the glory of our lives in our heyday and the eventual end of our summer years. The images are bitter sweet, but do foretell of better things to come as winter passes and summer comes again.
- Sanctuary — This series of photographs celebrates the peaceful notion of sanctuary as well as the physical space called a church sanctuary by photographing the interiors of community churches. The artist has documented views of church interiors that emphasize the quietness, the beauty and the atmosphere of the sanctuary and how it contributes to quiet contemplation, perhaps prayer and, ultimately, personal change.
Huw can be reached at email@example.com