Drift, 2006

Artist Statement

Drift is a series of moving and still photographic images shot with film, collected during travels through Canada, France, Japan, England, Belgium and the USA. These photographs catalogue the shifting light and color of the world’s oceans and shorelines. Using a variety of analogue and digital mediums that closely parallel racetrack photo finish technology, the images invert conventional photographic motion/time relationships. My intention is to present motion rendered still, and still rendered in motion, graphically revealing the underlying rhythms and patterns of the physical world while tracing our navigation through it.

“The Drift series was my first attempt to manifest some of my ideas in a photograph. For this work, I used a round-shot panoramic camera, which is as much a machine that makes pictures, as it is an optical device that sees an image. It’s a fascinating little camera that’s a modern reinterpretation of a Kodak Cirkut rotating panoramic camera that I had been introduced to during my interior design studies. I had originally intended to make very long exaggerated panoramas much like the Cirkut made, but it came with an interesting feature that would hold the camera still and just move the film, so I began experimenting with that option and the Drift series was born. I was conceptually thinking of the series as kaleidoscopic in reach where all parts of the world were reduced to earth/ocean and sky bound by the horizon, so I travelled around with it and made a series of abstractions that blurred (no pun intended) the distinction between sky, land and water.”

Artist Biography

Vancouver, Canada, based David Burdeny has exhibited with the Jennifer Kostuik Gallery since 2001, showcasing his images from the world over, including Antarctica, Iceland, Brazil, China, Burma, Cambodia, France, Italy, Canada and the USA. Known for his finely composed photographs, David Burdeny has spent the past 20 years exploring a variegated photographic Landscape ranging from minimal seascapes, ornate European interiors to abstract aerial images. Widely collected in Canada, the USA, Asia and Europe, the sheer beauty of David’s images has firmly placed him within the realm of Canada’s most sought after photo-based artists. David’s willingness to take risks, eschew dogma and continuously pursue his innate curiosity for new subjects and themes has become a signature element in his work. Be it mounting a camera beneath a self -built drone, shooting from the deck of an Antarctic bound icebreaker or waiting for an ocean tide to advance, David faithfully imbeds his own formal signature into each and every image further expressing a lifelong passion for the built environment and the camera’s interpretation of it. Distinctly David Burdeny, the photographs are rigorous yet graceful, inviting the viewer to form their own narrative as if they too were passing through space or gazing into the horizon for the very first time.

David Burdeny’s Masters in Architecture and Interior Design background combined with his upbringing in the vast Canadian prairies provides the template for his keen technical ability, enduring patience and minimalist aesthetic. Recently moving from using large format film to now the finest available digital cameras and precision optics, his images are rendered large and detailed. A Bright Future- Photographs of Russian Subways, Theaters and Palaces 2015 received an explosion of media interest, especially in the UK and Russia. Burdeny was in New York City to receive his First Place Award from IPA for Avata Metro Station, St. Petersburg, Russia in the Category of Historic Architecture, and was interviewed for the most recent articles for The Guardian UK and Wired publications amongst several others. In 2012, the Ancora Series of 2010 was exhibited at the Centre for Photographic Art, Carmel CA, Curated by Richard Gadd. Burdeny has won several gold awards in international art photography competitions, most significantly receiving International Photographer of the Year in the Nature category for Canada, revealed at the Lucie Awards Ceremony in New York City, October 2008. His first book Shorelines sold out in both the limited collector edition and trade publication. He has 10 Limited Edition Photographic Series currently offered and is represented by other art dealers in Canada, the USA and Europe. His second hard cover book is A Bright Future, 2015 with text by esteemed writer and translator, Rosamund Bartlett.


Loose Print Pricing

21 x 21 inches – $3,200

21 x 26 inches – $3,300

32 x 32 inches – $6,300

32 x 40 inches – $6,600

44 x 44 inches – $7,800

44 x 55 inches – $8,000

59 x 59 inches – Price Upon Request

59 x 73.5 inches – Price Upon Request

Diptych/Triptych – Price Upon Request

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