A Sweet Release....

Haven cinematographer Eric Cayla’s photos reflect trees as sanctuary; exhibit opens Oct. 4 in Halifax

(Halifax, NS) September 25, 2014 – Templum, a new photography exhibit by Eric Cayla - presented by Halifax’s Parentheses Gallery - opens Saturday, Oct. 4 at FRED.

Based in Montreal, Eric Cayla is an accomplished photographer and cinematographer (Haven, Bomb Girls, One Dead Indian, Dead Zone, The Bay of Love and Sorrows) who studied at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles and whose body of work includes documentaries, feature films, episodic television, music videos, and commercials.

1388080147_tmp_IMG_3791 ERIC CAYLA Templum

The 18 images in the exhibit were created with 4 x 5 film plates using bark from trees on Cayla’s homestead in Quebec’s Eastern Townships as the canvas, and 35 mm slides as the light source. Using film leads to an emphasis on visualization – the intricate observation of the light and its colours influencing the texture of the bark. The sense of movement and flow is created through careful compositions and multiple exposures.

Shutter speed, depth of field, angle of projections, and colour of lighting were all employed in the process, the film plates scanned and finally the photographs InkJet printed on Epson Exhibition fiber paper.

The title, Templum, reflects Cayla’s vision of the tree as a sanctuary where one can contemplate and witness the passage of time. The projections on the bark become a metaphor for human experiences and emotions.

CAYLA_Eric_15 ERIC CAYLA Templum

As Director of Photography on the Nova Scotia-shot HAVEN, Cayla connected with Kevin Lewis, the supernatural drama’s key scenic artist, and also a principal of Parentheses Gallery, and the two decided to mount Templum. The exhibit marks the beginning of a new art-projects collaboration between Parentheses and FRED, located at 2606 Agricola Street. The show is also part of Photopolis, the annual photography festival taking place in Halifax throughout October.

CAYLA_Eric_06 ERIC CAYLA TemplumDuring the course of his career, the bilingual Cayla has been nominated for an array of cinematography awards, including five Gémeaux, a Gemini, two Genies, two Jutras, two Canadian Screen Awards and, this year, the CSC Kodak Century Award. He received an homage in 2004 from the prestigious Commission Supérieurs Technique de l'Image et du Son (CSP) in Paris, for La Peau Blanche.



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  1. La dernière fois que nous sommes passés chez toi je me souviens que, fasciné, tu gardais des écorces.
    Superbes idée de canevas pour tes belles photos et avec quel résultat !
    Je regrette qu'il n'y ait pas assez d'œuvres sur le site pour ceux qui ne peuvent se déplacer.
    Mais nous viendrons bientôt voir les originaux... enfin ceux qui te resteront.

    Comment by Marc — September 30, 2014 @ 8:34 am

  2. TRES IMPRESSIONANT ....et quelle idée exceptionnelle


    Comment by Eva Coudouloux — September 30, 2014 @ 6:12 pm

  3. Félicitations Éric pour la belle carrière ! Nous aimerions être à Halifax pour aller voir ton exposition. Tes oeuvres sont fascinantes et demandent un grand temps d'observation. Bravo !

    Michel demande si tu as gardé des écorces du dernier verglas. : )

    Bonne continuité et merci de partager ta passion avec nous.

    Tes voisins, Danielle et Michel

    Comment by Danielle et Michel — October 1, 2014 @ 7:51 pm

  4. Eric, I am proud to have known you and to see that what you have accomplished with your passion. I will always remember that little darkroom in your basement. Congratulations for following your dream.

    Comment by Maureen Streeter (nee McCoy) — January 29, 2016 @ 8:35 am

  5. Maureen, thanks for the comment, hope you also followed your dreams! 🙂

    Comment by eric cayla — March 21, 2016 @ 10:33 pm

  6. Happy to see that 32 years after AFI, you're still following your dreams... Wonderful stuff!

    Comment by Bill Baldwin — March 22, 2016 @ 12:32 am


    Comment by Xavier de Cassan Floyrac — May 3, 2016 @ 1:56 pm

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