Elliott Louis Gallery Canadian Fine Art

Etta Gerdes     Exhibitions:   Projects of Cornelia Hahn Oberlander as seen by Etta Gerdes


I deeply believe in the Feng Shui idea, that whatever you show in the mirror is doubled by doing so. This became the basis for my photographic art work: whenever I point my camera on something I make sure the view is worth doubling. That way, I get the most energetic pictures that offer joy to the viewer and make him feel at ease. Doing this I found the great topic of my work so far: "paradise".


I was happy to work on the landscapes of Cornelia Hahn Oberlander because we share a lot of beliefs about nature. I found small paradises in her designs, and she as well has the aim of giving the user or spectator the most energetic views.


 


"I do not take pictures, pictures take me" is a saying among photographers that describes my work very well. And when the picture takes me, my whole body is alert to receive the image. I use a Hasselblad, an analogue camera, no motor, even without batteries. That is important, as I am working very meditatively.  It suits my body.  I can hold it without a tripod. I use an 80 mm lense, which is the normal lens that sees like the eye. I only use the waist level finder  and usually work without tripod.  My body is the basis for my camera. I am the tripod. My hands bring in the right position. The moment I release the shutter, the picture burns into the film as well as into my memory. The camera is not a wonder machine to me, but an extension of my body.




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Etta Gerdes - Lunch break, Robson Square, Vancouver  (edition of 5) - click for larger image

Lunch break, Robson Square, Vancouver (edition of 5)
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Etta Gerdes - Stairs and ramps, Robson Square, Vancouver  (edition of 5) - click for larger image

Stairs and ramps, Robson Square, Vancouver (edition of 5)
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Etta Gerdes - Red Sunset maples, Robson Square, Vancouver (edition of 5) - click for larger image

Red Sunset maples, Robson Square, Vancouver (edition of 5)
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Etta Gerdes - Green oasis, Robson Square, Vancouver (edition of 5) - click for larger image

Green oasis, Robson Square, Vancouver (edition of 5)
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Etta Gerdes - Vancouver Art Gallery through the greenery of Robson Square (edition of 5) - click for larger image

Vancouver Art Gallery through the greenery of Robson Square (edition of 5)
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Etta Gerdes - Hemlocks, Museum of Anthropology, UBC, Vancouver - click for larger image

Hemlocks, Museum of Anthropology, UBC, Vancouver
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Etta Gerdes - Museum of Anthropology, UBC, Vancouver  (edition of 5) - click for larger image

Museum of Anthropology, UBC, Vancouver (edition of 5)
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Etta Gerdes - Haida totem, Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver  (edition of 5) - click for larger image

Haida totem, Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver (edition of 5)
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Etta Gerdes - Waterfall, Robson Square, Vancouver (edition of 5) - click for larger image

Waterfall, Robson Square, Vancouver (edition of 5)
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Etta Gerdes - Artifacts, Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver  (edition of 5) - click for larger image

Artifacts, Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver (edition of 5)
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Etta Gerdes - Entrance, Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver  (edition of 5) - click for larger image

Entrance, Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver (edition of 5)
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Etta Gerdes - Roof garden, Library Square, Vancouver (edition of 5) - click for larger image

Roof garden, Library Square, Vancouver (edition of 5)
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Etta Gerdes - Green roof, Library Square, Vancouver  (edition of 5) - click for larger image

Green roof, Library Square, Vancouver (edition of 5)
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Etta Gerdes - CK Choi Building through douglas firs, UBC, Vancouver, (edition of 5) - click for larger image

CK Choi Building through douglas firs, UBC, Vancouver, (edition of 5)
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Etta Gerdes - Low maintenance undergrowth, CK Choi Building, UBC, Vancouver, (edition of 5) - click for larger image

Low maintenance undergrowth, CK Choi Building, UBC, Vancouver, (edition of 5)
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Etta Gerdes - Purification system with plants , CK Choi Bldg, UBC, Vancouver, (edition of 5) - click for larger image

Purification system with plants , CK Choi Bldg, UBC, Vancouver, (edition of 5)
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Etta Gerdes - Montiverdi Estates, West Vancouver (edition of 5) - click for larger image

Montiverdi Estates, West Vancouver (edition of 5)
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Etta Gerdes - Howe Sound, Montiverdi Estates, West Vancouver  (edition of 5) - click for larger image

Howe Sound, Montiverdi Estates, West Vancouver (edition of 5)
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Etta Gerdes - NWT Legislative Assembly Building (edition of 5) - click for larger image

NWT Legislative Assembly Building (edition of 5)
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Etta Gerdes - Aspen and spruce, Legislative Assembly Building, NWT (edition of 5) - click for larger image

Aspen and spruce, Legislative Assembly Building, NWT (edition of 5)
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Etta Gerdes - Entrance, NWT Legislative Assembly Building  (edition of 5) - click for larger image

Entrance, NWT Legislative Assembly Building (edition of 5)
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$1,200
Etta Gerdes - Restoration, NW Territories, (edition of 5) - click for larger image

Restoration, NW Territories, (edition of 5)
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Etta Gerdes - Taiga Garden, National Gallery, Ottawa  (edition of 5) - click for larger image

Taiga Garden, National Gallery, Ottawa (edition of 5)
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Etta Gerdes - Taiga Garden, National Gallery, Ottawa  (edition of 5) - click for larger image

Taiga Garden, National Gallery, Ottawa (edition of 5)
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$1,200
Etta Gerdes - Inner cortyard, National Gallery, Ottawa  (edition of 5) - click for larger image

Inner cortyard, National Gallery, Ottawa (edition of 5)
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Etta Gerdes - Antique gate, private residence, Toronto (edition of 5) - click for larger image

Antique gate, private residence, Toronto (edition of 5)
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Etta Gerdes - Contemplative garden, private residence, Toronto  (edition of 5) - click for larger image

Contemplative garden, private residence, Toronto (edition of 5)
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Etta Gerdes - Year round enjoyment, private residence, Toronto  (edition of 5) - click for larger image

Year round enjoyment, private residence, Toronto (edition of 5)
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$1,200
Etta Gerdes - "Op Art" path, Winter Garden, National Gallery, Ottawa  (edition of 5) - click for larger image

"Op Art" path, Winter Garden, National Gallery, Ottawa (edition of 5)
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$1,200
Etta Gerdes - Minimalist courtyard, National Gallery, Ottawa  (edition of 5) - click for larger image

Minimalist courtyard, National Gallery, Ottawa (edition of 5)
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$1,200
Etta Gerdes - Canadian Embassy, Berlin  (edition of 5) - click for larger image

Canadian Embassy, Berlin (edition of 5)
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$1,200
Etta Gerdes - Roof Garden, Berlin  (edition of 5) - click for larger image

Roof Garden, Berlin (edition of 5)
20 x 20 Inches 
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$1,200
Etta Gerdes - Portland Hotel - click for larger image

Portland Hotel
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$1,200
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