The medium of photography is more often than not a medium of the found image. There is also a long history of manipulating and transforming photographic images. I find myself straddling the fence between these two aesthetic practices as the photographs and photo-based works I create are derived through a kind of dialogue between the found and the constructed. As my primary subject matter is the urban landscape, these landscapes hide and reveal themselves. I can walk down the street one day and see nothing, two days later I walk down the same street and ten plus images emerge. Some of these images will stand on their own, while others will be transformed either digitally or physically. The transformed images become the constructed images. During the process of constructing these images new concepts or ideas for a new series of images emerge. How I determine what photographs are manipulated and what images remain unchanged becomes an intuitive thing.
Gerard McNeil is a visual artist and community educator, who is also a life long resident of Halifax. McNeil has been engaged in an art practice for more than thirty years. This practice has been both informed and interrupted by his formal studies. These formal studies include a Certificate in Photography from the Halifax Regional Vocational School (NSCC), BFA from NSCAD, B.Ed-Visual Arts Specialist degree from NSCAD/MSVU and an M.Ed in Adult Education from MSVU. McNeil works primarily in the medium of photography, but also utilizes printmaking and drawing in his practice. McNeil’s photography and photo-based works has been exhibited locally, regionally and nationally.