In contrast to the sense of community the family remembers, Hartman’s photographs are empty of people and taken in a detached, documentary style that captures the distance he experiences from these formative memories. We are often admonished to “take only photographs and leave only footprints” in our travels; in Return, such impermanence seems inevitable.
Joseph Hartman was born in Barrie and raised, largely, in Lafontaine, Ontario. He has had solo shows at the MacLaren Art Centre (Return, 2012), Georgian College Campus Gallery in Barrie and Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto, which represents his work. His photographs are held in numerous private and public collections, as well as at the Art Gallery of Hamilton where he currently resides.