Photographer Tawna Brown's painterly style photos currently adorn the walls of Javaroma.
Photographer Tawna Brown's painterly style photos of her travels across the NWT and the world are on display at Javaroma right now. - Robin Grant/NNSL photo
Brown described the exhibit as a result of "countless hours of reviewing thousands and thousands" of photographs from travelling to communities around the Northwest Territories over the past two years.
While some may be familiar with her work, she said she has introduced a new painterly style to her images, which means most of them look more like realism paintings than actual photographs.
"I have so many photos," she said. "I wanted to do something differently, so it was just playing around. I love playing. I love just being on the computer for hours and hours and hours just playing. I can do nothing but work on my photos."
Aside from photos with unique scenes of the wilderness, Brown's show also features a small wall with what she calls her "selfies." In each photo, Brown is wearing a red dress, but because she is photographed from a distance, the woman looks like she could be anyone. The photos were taken with a tripod and her camera set to a timer during her travels in Italy, she said.
"What I like to show is I travelled around the world by myself," she said.
In 2015, Brown took a year off work to travel the world. She started out with a photography workshop with world renowned landscape photographer Trey Ratcliff in New Zealand and then travelled to other countries, including Australia, Indonesia, French Polynesia, India, Thailand and Italy.
"You can get good photos of yourself if you know how to do it. I have this red dress, and it takes up a lot of space in my suitcase, but it's perfect in the pictures."
"It can be any women, so it's fairytale-ish, dreamy," she continued. "They are meant to inspire people to go visit and explore."
While most of the photos are in Brown's new painterly style, some are actual photos on high definition white aluminum. There is a photo of an owl in a barn from a trip she took to Deline in 2016.
"The owners told me that the owl sits up there and it was perfectly perched right in the middle," she said. "I set up my tripod. It was just the owl and me. It got used to me and would close its eyes every so often."
To take the photo, she had to take multiple exposures to get all the details, she said, because the barn was so dark.
"You can even see the spider webs," she said. "Out of all my photos, it was one of my favourite because nobody else can get that picture and I knew what I was doing, and I had the time to work with the owl."
She said another incentive for the exhibiting her photos at Javaroma is so people can see what they look like on large canvasses because it is hard to appreciate the photos from a computer screen.
"When you're in these powerful spaces, and you want to transport someone there, a 12-by-18 image is not going to do it."