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Brighter Than Life: The Photography Portfolio of Dan McGarrah

A colour-manipulated photo of a tree canopyCONVIVAL

Dan McGarrah is a photographic artist who uses the medium of photography and combines it with digital techniques and wild, brighter-than-life colour schemes to create artworks that would be at home in a gallery of abstract paintings.

A photo of a tree reaching into the sky with greens and blues saturatedLANGUID


I really enjoy Dan’s FROM ABOVE series, in which the artist photographs the canopies of trees. It appears that the artist, ironically, takes the photos from below, allowing for a few of the trees that emulates the appearance of a topographical map, or paint splashed down on a flat canvas. Dan manipulates the colours of these photographs to create palettes that are both energetic and totally outside the realm of what one might associate with nature and plant life.

The front page of Dan McGarrah's art portfolio

Elsewhere in his portfolio, in his NIGHTS IN A CITY: San Francisco series, Dan uses black and white photography techniques to capture the texture and architectural arrangement of urban spaces. Some of the photos in this series remind me Scott Ivey’s paintings of cities, in their focus on space often devoid of human presence.

A black and white photo of the interior of a tunnelTUNNEL WALK

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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