Photo Credit: Stewart MacLean
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Doug Dumais is an emerging photographer based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. A self-taught artist, Dumais holds a master’s degree in art history from Concordia University (2019). He has exhibited at ARTCH Montréal, Galerie La Castiglione, and this town is small, PEI’s artist-run centre. His scholarly writing, photography, and poetry have been featured in art publications across Canada and in the United States.
Doug Dumais uses the camera as a tool to facilitate radical acts of noticing and attentiveness. He documents locations undergoing drastic changes such as construction sites, eroding shorelines, or public institutions.
In the studio, Dumais digitally manipulates his images by juxtaposing them with historical paintings, layering them with poetry, or transforming them into impossible spaces. This lyrical editing process draws out hidden narratives within his images and transforms them into material conduits for abstract concepts such as time, meaning-making, or the influence of one’s surroundings on the formation of identity.
This approach materializes the invisible connections between places and their inhabitants, artworks and their viewers, or texts and their readers. Dumais’ manipulated photographs of the ambient spaces humans occupy, traverse, or overlook are footholds in the process of becoming deeply aware of the overlapping histories and subjectivities present within the built and natural environment.