Janelle Baldwin

Artist – Janelle Baldwin

Venue – Fools + Horses on Broadway at Edmonton

Time – Mon-Fri 7am-10pm

THIS TIME LAST YEAR / IL Y A UN AN D’AUJOURD’HUI

is an exhibit that reflects Janelle Baldwin’s experience as she was approached by two spoken word poets and was asked to go on tour with them for 2 months across the U.S to photograph their poetry shows. This road trip that began in Winnipeg, took them all the way to Austin Texas.

The Exhibit consists of photographs paired with a podcast, which she composed herself as a university project. Throughout this road trip Janelle has the opportunity to photograph many clothing lines with her On The Road commercial photography launch.

She was fascinated and excited to begin this endeavour while giving the opportunity to local boutiques to have their lookbooks photographed anywhere in this lengthy road trip.

The unexpected happened, as the tour group faced many challenges, such as having a broken down tour vehicle, following maps that weren’t accurate, driving 12 hour days and arriving into cities with booking mix-ups, unsure where they would even sleep some nights.

The Lead poet Mona Mousa, speaks of promoting real love, love as an action that we commit to unconditionally. Love; no matter your religion, social class, gender or sexual orientation.

Janelle was surprised to see herself so inspired by being surrounded in this atmosphere with the poets. Motivating her to grab a pen and then composed her very first piece of poetry from the back seat of their tour vehicle. She didn’t expect to be picking up a microphone on tour, and lashing out her emotions that had been caged up for quite sometime. Releasing that experience out into a crowd of people was surprisingly healing and therapeutic in itself.

As they continued the tour, Janelle photographed sets in many locations that completely took her breath away!

In the end, these locations were so worth all the long drives, winding roads and wrong turns she had to endure. Her biggest passion is combining creative photography with her love of travel. Janelle lives for standing at the base of waterfalls and at the edge of cliffs, feeling the heat of the sun and the cold damp fog on her skin, staring down over the edge of a hot canyon cliff.

What surprised Janelle the most where the misconceptions in some of the cities that she was photographing the poets in Texas, Detroit, just to name a few. What happened when she announced publicly that she was staying in these cities may make your jaw drop!

Opening party – October 4, 5-7pm. See Facebook event for more details… https://www.facebook.com/events/298225717322285/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%2229%22%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3A%22event_aggregate%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D&notif_id=1507127194528277&notif_t=event_aggregate