The aerial photography of Vincent Chahley is an alternative view of the landscape, where details commingle with perceptual composition to give viewers a novel perspective on the interrelationship between geography and art.
Chahley’s artistry lies in the defamiliarization of the familiar. With a tendency to portray his chosen subject-matter—mainly geographical formations where a beachy shore, mountainous crest, or a protruding landmass, can exist abstracted from the context that would typically define its growth and features. His photographs showcase the beauty of the earth’s natural geometry to create unique art forms.
Vincent is a Canadian who splits his time between Calgary and Martha’s Vineyard. He is married with two children and in addition to photography is passionate about cycling, hockey, music, art and locally produced food and beer.
In addition to be represented by the Field Gallery, Vincent has had one-man shows at the Feldman Family Art Space in the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center (Martha’s Vineyard Landscapes, 2015), Pure Yoga Studio Calgary (Landscapes, 2016) and Calgary Exposures Photography Festival (Calgary By Air, 2017) and was also featured in the The 2018 Chelsea International Photography Contest Exhibit at the Agora Gallery NYC and the “Radljost” Iceland photographs at Resolve Photography Calgary 2016. He was awarded first place in the 2015 Martha’s Vineyard Magazine photography contest, an honorable mention in the same magazines 2017 photogrpahy contest and second place in the 2017 Alberta Views magazine Alternative Alberta photo contest. His work is featured in the public collections of the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and the Shawnigan Lake School (Vancouver Island), as well as the corporate collections of Paul Lavoie Interior Design, Venturion Oil, Pure Yoga Studio, and Shaunessy Investment Counsel.
Martha’s Vineyard By Air ~ Vincent Chahley Photography
Martha’s Vineyard has a unique combination of conservation lands, ocean beaches and fresh water shallow ponds where sand, water and low lying vegetation combine to create natural art in the earth’s landscape when seen from above. I am attracted to the geometry, colors, shapes, lighting and shadows of aerial photography. It is fascinating to see how a place so familiar can look so dramatic and different when the perspective is changed. In many of the images there is a human element that provides a context or story as to how we interact together with nature on the island.
Martha’s Vineyard By Air was shot with a traditional SLR digital camera (Canon 5D Mark III with an f2.8 80-200 mm lens) out the open window of a single engine Cessna aircraft during September and October 2016. For me the late afternoon flights were a combination of an artistic adrenaline rush and a peaceful surreal calm of flying gently above the landscape. I have never been so excited to get home and download the results from my camera. I would like to thank Mike Creato of Classic Aviators for being such a great pilot and partner on this photographic journey.
I have been coming to Martha’s Vineyard for over 30 years, and although my home in Canada is over 2,500 miles away I have always been drawn back to the charm and unique culture of this island. Photography has further opened my eyes and perspective as to what a beautiful place The Vineyard is.