About

Brief Bio

Self PortraitDown the rabbit hole – that pretty much describes my path into photography. Sitting in the midst of the smouldering wreckage of a PhD program in ancient history, I picked up a camera and said, “How do I do this?” And so it went on from there.

I’d studied photography a little bit in high school, but it was of secondary importance to painting, which I had continued to study for a time at Bard College in New York State. I then veered into the study of history, and followed a path with that which led through teaching and editing.

Originally from New Jersey, I eventually settled in Port Hope, Ontario. Locally, I photograph what is in my environment – the shore of Lake Ontario, and the fields, forests, and hills of Northumberland County – as well as the nearby urban centre of Toronto. I also photograph a great deal on my travels, which have ranged across North America and Western Europe. My most recent series are of the highlands of Scotland and the French Quarter of New Orleans; upcoming series (photographed, and being processed) are of Toronto and Jasper National Park in Alberta.

I am represented as an artist exclusively by the Elaine Fleck Gallery in Toronto.

Artist Statement.

I am an artist who specializes in the fine art photography landscapes, nature, and architecture. Much of my work features the contrast between the static and the ephemeral, between the monumental immovability of stone or structure and the ever-changing chaos of water and sky. In the pursuit of this contrast, the geometric principles of architecture hold as much interest for me as the rough forms of the natural world.

Where once I painted, now I take photographs. The change in medium has dramatically changed the nature and rhythm of my work. Instead of working quickly to capture a scene, now I work slowly; long exposure has superseded quick brush-strokes to create impressionistic effects. And in working slowly, I feel I am better able to take in the sounds and the smells of a place, and I can work with the changing light rather than fighting against it. In working slowly, I try to convey the sense of being at peace within a frenzied world, of being unaffected by the surrounding, surging elements and of being beyond the swift passage of time.

While my medium of choice is photography, I do not seek to merely record the world before me. The negative is merely a starting point for crafting an image. I do as much as I can to create a good negative in-camera, often using optical filters. Then I work on the image in with various tools in digital post-processing, digitally brushing luminance into my images, to make a visually and emotionally compelling image.

Selected Exhibitions

“Bill Hornbostel/Mark Craig/Mikael Sandblom.” Elaine Fleck Gallery. Toronto, ON, 2018.

“Elaine Fleck Fine Art Group Catalogue Exhibition Fall 2018.” Elaine Fleck Gallery. Toronto, ON, 2018.

“Elaine Fleck Fine Art Group Catalogue Exhibition Spring 2018.” Elaine Fleck Gallery. Toronto, ON, 2018.

“Scotland Rocks.” Elaine Fleck Gallery. Toronto, ON, 2018.

“Elaine Fleck Fine Art Group Catalogue Exhibition Winter 2017.” Elaine Fleck Gallery. Toronto, ON, 2017.

“Scotland Exposure.” Elaine Fleck Gallery. Toronto, ON, 2017.

“Elaine Fleck Fine Art Group Catalogue Exhibition Fall 2017.” Elaine Fleck Gallery. Toronto, ON. 2017.

“In the Air.” Solo exhibition in the Spark Photo Festival. Port Hope, ON, 2017.

“Inner Dialogues.” Annual Juried Art Exhibition. The Latcham Gallery. Stouffvile, ON, 2017.

“Winter 2016-2017 Catalogue Exhibition.” Elaine Fleck Gallery. Toronto, ON, 2017.

“Jacqueline Veltri ‘New Paintings,’ also featuring Lillian Sheppard and Bill Hornbostel.” Elaine Fleck Gallery. Toronto, ON, 2017.

 “Biannual Juried Exhibition.” Grimsby Public Art Gallery. Grimsby, ON, 2016.

CLIC Photo Show. Juried exhibition. Picton, ON, 2016.

“Architectural Studies II.” Solo exhibition in the SPARK Photo Festival, Peterborough, ON, 2016.

“Resonance.” Annual Juried Art Exhibition. The Latcham Gallery. Stouffville, ON, 2016.

“Architectural Studies.” Solo show. Clarington, ON, 2016.

CLIC Photo Show. Juried exhibition. Picton, ON, 2015.

“Architectural Studies.” Solo exhibition in the SPARK Photo Festival. Peterborough, ON, 2015.

“Intersections.” Group show. Colborne Art Gallery. Colborne, ON, 2015.

“Between a Rock and a Wet Place.” Solo exhibition in the SPARK Photo Festival.  Peterborough, ON, 2014.

“The Artist Project.” Juried exhibition. Toronto, ON, 2014.

“Vessels.”  Group show. Colborne Art Gallery. Colborne, ON, 2014.

CLIC Photo Show.  Juried exhibition. Picton, ON, 2013.

“The Lake in Winter and Other Vistas.” Solo show. Colborne Art Gallery. Colborne, ON, 2013. 

“The Artist Project.” Juried exhibition. Toronto, ON, 2013.

“Trees.”  Group show. Colborne Art Gallery. Colborne, ON, 2013.

“Untitled.”  Solo Show.  Campbellford, ON, 2012.

“The Artist Project.” Juried exhibition. Toronto, ON, 2012.

“Contained.”  Group Show. Colborne Art Gallery. Colborne, ON, 2012.

Awards and Grants

Third Place Prize, Visible World Monochrome, CLIC Photo Show, for “60 Absolute Avenue 3,” 2016.

Honourable Mention, Visible World Monochrome, CLIC Photo Show, for “Fisher Center 1,” 2016.

NuWork Award for Photographic Excellence, SPARK Photo Festival, for “ROM Crys-tal Shard,” 2015.

Honourable Mention, Visible World Monochrome, CLIC Photo Show, for “Toronto City Hall,” 2015.

Exhibition Assistance Grant, Ontario Arts Council, 2013.

Best Photograph, Annual Juried Art Show, Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, for “Fiery Cloud over Glacier,” 2012.

Third Place, Spirit of the Hills Annual Juried Photography Show and Sale, for “Town Hall in False Colour Infrared,” 2011.

AboutBill Hornbostel
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