Your Walls Need A Voice
Let Them Speak A Thousand Words
-- Samuel Quo Vadis
WHAT I'VE DONE
WHAT I DO
A Vancouver born and based photographer widely recognized for his creativity and innovative photographic methods, Samuel Quo Vadis finds inspiration in the work of great portrait photographers like George Hurrell, Eugene R. Richee, and Bert Six. In the process of evolving his own style he spent three years developing a photographic process called Angel Light, which creates an incredibly soft and warm light, but still allows for deep shadows.
Sam is fascinated with the Cold War Era, the possibilities posed by quantum mechanics, and the monsters living under his bed.
And "yes," Quo Vadis is his real last name, but his friends sometimes simply refer to him as "Q".
Samuel Quo Vadis has been a finalist in one of the world's richest and most prestigious photography competitions, the Hamdan International Photography Awards. His B&W portrait, Serenity, advanced to the final round of judging against roughly 10,000 entries from over 150 countries. He was one of only two Canadian photographers to be selected for publication in HIPA's annual limited edition 4 volume book on the theme Creating the Future.
His colour portrait, The Embrace, took 3rd prize in a Canadian Association for Photographic Art competition and was selected for publication.
His work has appeared on the cover of Merciless Beauty Magazine and inside Fashion Faces Magazine, Imposter Magazine, Ladies of Steampunk, and Amaterasu Magazine, among others. He has been featured at the LAB Art Show Vancouver.
"Through Cocoa Butter Gallery I strive to create meaningful images for a discerning clientele. My photography sessions are carefully planned from concept through execution and post production, but always allows for moments of improvisation and discovery. My images are a celebration of people and culture...and the desire to make human connections through art. In this endeavour I work with the best local and international talent to deliver high quality photographs that are timeless and transcend boundaries.
This body of work is about all of us."
- Samuel Quo Vadis
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The Meccanica Obscura is a mysterious camera found locked in a trunk in the attic of a heritage house. Invented in the year 1919 it not only takes photographs, it processes them...but no two are processed exactly the same way. The camera, built by an eccentric, reclusive inventor, can make only 13 exposures. These never before seen images will be gradually unveiled here.
No one knows what happened to the inventor or his subjects, or why the Meccanica Obscura was locked aw
To paraphrase Sam Spade in "The Maltese Falcon," Hollywood is the stuff that dreams are made of. From "The Great Train Robbery" to "Mack Sennett's Bathing Beauties" to "Zeigfeld Girls" to "Busby Berkley Musicals" Hollywood has always attracted those with dreams bigger and brighter than are own celestial star. The Hollywood series is a tribute to the star portraits of the era of innocence in film.
Inspired by the work of great portrait photographers like George Hurrell, Eugene R. Richee, Bert Six and cinematographers like Arthur Edeson (The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca) and Sidney Hickox (The Big Sleep) these images recreate the lost era of the Hollywood Femme Fatale.
Growing up graphic novels (we called them comic books) were a big part of my life. They were a portal into a world where the downtrodden and powerless became, through a strange twist of fate, heroes and heroines who fought for truth and justice. But comic books need not only be the dominion of heroes and heroines. Ordinary people can also experience great adventures. I encourage the viewer to conjure their own stories from each of these frames.
The 1960s. Andy Warhol. Pop culture. These form the inspiration for Popsicle: portraits with exaggerated colour and vibrance that "pop" off the page. Even the dullest of walls will take on new life with these expressions of a time gone by where hope, experimentation and rebellion ran wild.
We go about our daily lives wearing a cloak, a veil, a mask. We reveal only a portion of our being to family, friends, acquaintances and strangers. Yet inside each of us exists many different manifestations ...where hidden personalities hold dreams and desires we never reveal to anyone - maybe not even to ourselves.