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The Art of Capturing Moments of Change


Cranbrook-based photographer Neal Panton reveals his latest solo exhibit, "Tides," at Art Gallery Kimberley in BC’s Best Small Town from May 16th to May 26th, 2024. The exhibit invites viewers to explore the fleeting moments of change captured along the Pacific North Coast, including Haida Gwaii, the North Coast Trail on Vancouver Island, and the Oregon Coast.

Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Neal Panton developed a passion for photography from an early age. As a self-taught photographer, a former university professor of Photography and Visual Language, as well as a photojournalist for Reuters news agency, Neal brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his work. His passion for storytelling through images is apparent in every piece featured in "Tides," creating an immersive experience for all who visit the exhibit.

Inspired by the beauty and complexity of the moments in between, "Tides" showcases Neal's distinctive photographic style, reminiscent of the darkroom photography process executed through the use of modern photo editing software. Through a combination of intuition and skill, Neal's photographs reflect a sense of contemplation and introspection, inviting viewers to find their own unique connection to the images. 

According to Neal, photography as an art form has unique characteristics. He explains, “In most traditional art forms, like painting, sculpture, drawing, and even etching, you can visibly see the artist's handiwork—the brushstrokes, the lines, the shaping of the material. However, photography is different. Often, it appears captured rather than  crafted. Its construction is less clear. As an art form, photography is also more accessible. Almost anyone can engage in photography, regardless of their background or expertise.”

Unlike social media snapshots, the photographs showcased in galleries invite us to pause and ponder, revealing deeper meaning within each frame. Neal aims to connect with viewers on a deeper level, seeking friends who share an appreciation for the beauty and wonder of nature.

"Tides" explores the moments in between——pauses, transitions, and liminal spaces where change is imminent. These photographs highlight the in-between spaces along the Pacific North Coast, representing a shift from one state to another, often feeling uncertain and detached from reality.

The opening reception for "Tides" will take place on Friday, May 17th, between 7 and 9 pm. Art enthusiasts and nature lovers alike are invited to experience Neal’s moving photography at Art Gallery Kimberley between May 16 - 26, 2024. The exhibit welcomes visitors from Thursday through Sunday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, and accommodates appointments from Monday to Wednesday. Don’t miss this opportunity to take in the beauty and complexity of the moments in between.

For more information or to schedule a visit, please contact Art Gallery Kimberley at 250-432-9225 or

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