Tim Pelling Biography

 

With roots deep in the grasslands of Saskatchewan, Canada, Tim Pelling has reached out to explore the world through the lens of his camera.

A graduate of Emily Carr School University of Art and Design, Vancouver, Canada, Pelling has been based in Asia for over 20 years. He travels 

the planet for a wide variety of clients creating images for corporations, design firms, advertising agencies and media producers.

Tim's work is based on the philosophy “Keep it simple and to the point”.

Comfortable realizing his vision while leading a crew of 20 or alone in the field, 

Pelling is happiest when overcoming challenges be they tricky locations, grim weather, culture differences or demanding subject matter.

Tim is currently spending most of his time working on art projects, swimming and falling off his bike finding demanding subject matter.

 

                                                                                           Tim Pelling  CLEARED  Statement

        

  The ancient grasslands of North America changed quickly once Europe moved in. 

Centuries of harmony between nature and man, was cleared away to make pastures and farmland.

And thus was a forced transformation from long rooted grasses and bison to the commerce of grain and cattle. 

I grew up on the flatlands called Saskatchewan where this transformation took place a century before I was born. I grew up unaware of what happened before. I only saw the beauty of the long, flat prairies and the overwhelming sky. 

It remains stunningly beautiful despite the almost total destruction of the open grasslands. This is the large space that has had more impact on my life than any other.

And so I decided to go back into my prairie history: to be in it, to document it, to meditate in it, to relearn it. And once again there I felt the cold and the heat. And again saw the wildlife and the landscape adapted to farming: a beauty unsurpassed. 

I spent long hours trying to locate views of my memory: Lengthy exposures to gather the last bits of light, to even out  those large spaces where light and time and sky all come together. 

These images are made to exist in a large scale: to be viewed directly; to help the viewer become part of it; to breathe it; to enter it. The Sky with a base--a base of earth rich in nutrients, life,  history and my experience.

 

                                                                                              Tim Pelling  LIQUID BANGKOK  Statement

         

 Liquid Bangkok sets out to capture the beauty of a neglected world found along the klongs of Bangkok, and in doing so, also highlight the degraded state of this vast network of waterways that flow through and around the city. 

The water that passes through Bangkok has mesmerized me since my early days in the city – in part because it is in such contrast to the prairies of my youth. In Bangkok, I often found myself drawn to the klongs’ edges, seduced by the constantly changing light and shapes of the less than pristine tributaries. There is a distinct and unique energy to be found there for those who make the effort to search them out. At the same time, it is a difficult place that continually assaults the senses. 

My images in this collection attempt to capture these opposing qualities by weaving the form of the water into the built environment that has grown around them. I don’t work with a preconceived plan, but make it more of a meditative journey. 

Liquid Bangkok is the beginning of a wide-ranging water project using large scale landscape images as the vehicle to communicate the message of “how we form water and how it forms us”. My roots are in documentary photography and this is my first exploration using a technical camera, which is a slower method of working. This has changed the way I approach each subject; the slow set up creates more time for reflection, requiring me to fully commit to a given location. 

My hope is that I have found an approach that defines these places with a measure of respect, without however, glossing over the serious environmental problems that plague this world of water that is a stunning part of the Bangkok urban landscape.