Caprina Valentine
photographer

About

“You don't make a photograph with just a camera.
You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen,
the books you have read, the music you have heard,
and the people you have loved.”
– Ansel Adams –

Hi, I am an award-winning photographer, who photographs everything from urban to nature, in a style that is attentive to detail and line, rich in texture and often scoped by a narrow depth of field. My predominant genres are abstract, architectural, nature and food. I am drawn to aging and weathering, the beautiful, natural wabi-sabi tendency towards entropy and I apply my aesthetic equally to either the vibrancy or decay of nature – both part of the lifecycle.

I have enjoyed photography for over twenty years, self-taught on 35mm film from age twelve. Using a fully manual Pentax K1000 35mm SLR, I learned most of my technique with the patience of working on film, finally moving onto the digital Canon SLRs in 2004. I attended the Fine Arts program at the University of Victoria and, more recently, have shown in over 45 exhibitions since 2005.

awards

  • 2016 Best in Show // Look Show // Victoria BC // Mar 2016
  • 2015 Best in Photography // Look Show // Victoria BC // Feb 2015
  • 2015 1ST Place // Asian Influences // Coast Collective Gallery // Feb 2015
  • 2014 2ND Place // Black + White + 1 // Coast Collective Gallery // Sep 2014

published

  • 2013 Showtime: Food // Photolife Magazine // Volume 38, #2 // Feb/Mar 2013
  • 2012 Tools of the Trade // Flotsam + Jetsam // Sep 2012
  • 2010 Small Victories // Booooooom! Art Blog // July 2010
  • 2005 This Side of West // UVic Student Art Book // Feb 2005

exhibitions

  • 2017 Look Show OPENING SOON // VAC Gallery // Victoria BC // Mar 25 – Apr 15
  • 2017 Appetite for Art // Prestige Hotel // Sooke BC // Mar 10 & 11
  • 2017 Red // Coast Collective Gallery // Colwood BC // Feb 1 – 26
  • 2016 Little Gems // VAC Gallery // Victoria BC // Nov 19 – Dec 18
  • 2016 Monday Magazine Photo Show // VAC Gallery // Victoria BC // Oct 27 – Nov 12
  • 2016 Artifacts // Sooke Region Museum // Sooke BC // Apr 10 – May 29
  • 2016 Look Show BEST IN SHOW // VAC Gallery // Victoria BC // Mar 19 – Apr 10
  • 2016 Appetite for Art // Prestige Hotel // Sooke BC // Mar 5
  • 2016 Red // Coast Collective Gallery // Colwood BC // Feb 3 – 21
  • 2016 Renewal // Reading Room Cafe // Sooke BC // Feb 1 – 29
  • 2015 Victoria Central Library FIRST SOLO SHOW // Victoria BC // Oct 23 – Dec 4
  • 2015 Sooke Fine Arts Show // Sooke BC // Jul 24 – Aug 3
  • 2015 Spring Show // Reading Room Cafe // Sooke // May 15 – June 30
  • 2015 Artifacts // Sooke Region Museum // Sooke BC // Mar 28 – May 30
  • 2015 Victoria: Past Present Future // Art Atelier // Victoria BC // Apr 18 – May 22
  • 2015 Lab Art Show // The Roundhouse // Vancouver BC // Apr 11
  • 2015 Bloom Show // Coast Collective Gallery // Colwood BC // Mar 18 – Apr 5
  • 2015 Look Show BEST PHOTO // VAC Gallery // Victoria BC // Feb 26 – Mar 21
  • 2015 Asian Influences 1ST PLACE // Coast Collective // Colwood BC // Feb 18 – Mar 1
  • 2015 Abstraction // Coast Collective Gallery // Colwood BC // Jan 21 – Feb 1
  • 2015 Creative New Year // VAC Gallery // Victoria BC // Jan 7 – 21
  • 2014 Sooke Arts Council Group Show // Reading Room Cafe // Sooke BC // Nov 2 – Jan 3
  • 2014 The Small Room // Langham Court Theatre // Victoria BC // NOV 20 – DEC 6
  • 2014 Litte Gems // VAC Gallery // Victoria BC // Nov 29
  • 2014 Monday Magazine Photo Show // VAC Gallery // Victoria BC // Oct 17 – 28
  • 2014 Black & White +1 2ND PLACE // Coast Collective // Colwood BC // Sep 24 – Oct 12
  • 2014 Art Inspired by The Graduate // Langham Court Theatre // Victoria BC // Mar 6 – 23
  • 2014 Appetite for Art // Prestige Hotel // Sooke BC // Mar 8
  • 2014 Photografia // with Linda Gordon // Reading Room Cafe // Sooke BC // Feb 1 – 28
  • 2013 Massively Mini Art // Metchosin Art Gallery // Nov 9 – Dec 1
  • 2013 Group Show // Langham Court Theatre // Victoria BC // Oct 3 – 19
  • 2013 Sooke Fine Arts Show // Sooke BC // Jul – Aug
  • 2013 Look Show // VAC Gallery // Victoria BC // April 11 – 27
  • 2012 Monday Magazine Photo Show // VAC Gallery // Victoria BC // Sep 25
  • 2012 End of Summer Group Show // VAC Gallery // Victoria BC // Aug 16 – 27
  • 2012 Look Show // VAC Gallery // Victoria BC
  • 2012 Black & White // Coast Collective Gallery // Colwood BC // Feb 11 – 26
  • 2011 Food For Thought // Coast Collective Gallery // Colwood BC // Sep
  • 2011 Bloom Show // Coast Collective Gallery // Colwood BC // Mar 31 – Apr 24
  • 2010 Monday Magazine Photo Show // VAC Gallery // Victoria BC // Sep
  • 2010 Pecha Kucha Victoria Vol. 3 // Get Fresh Guide w/L Copplestone // Aug 12
  • 2010 Transported // Coast Collective Gallery // Colwood BC // Jun 3 – 20
  • 2010 Bloom Show // Coast Collective Gallery // Colwood BC // Mar – Apr
  • 2009 Land & Sea // Coast Collective Gallery // Colwood BC // Aug 6 – 23
  • 2009 Look Show // VAC Gallery // Victoria BC // Aug
  • 2009 All Art Show // Sooke BC // Jul 10 – 12
  • 2006 Look Show // VAC Gallery // Victoria BC // Aug
  • 2005 Look Show // VAC Gallery // Victoria BC // Aug
  • VAC Gallery = Victoria Arts Council Gallery

memberships

education

  • Interpretive Portrait Photography Workshop with Quinton Gordon // Luz Studios // 2013
  • Large Format Camera Workshop with Quinton Gordon // Luz Studios // 2013
  • Painting Class with Artists Michelle Miller & Karen Cooper // 2008
  • Drawing Course with Claudia Lorenz // 2006
  • University of Victoria // BA Visual Arts // 2003-2006 P/T (Incomplete)

professional

  • Caprina Designs // Owner/Designer // Since 1998
    photography + graphic design + websites + social media