The Sixty Days of Fame series at MacNaught History Centre and Archives, is featuring an exhibition of photography by Oliver Childs throughout February and March.
Twenty years ago the Confederation Bridge was opened and the sailing ship, ‘The Matthew’, lovingly recreated by shipwrights in Bristol, England, was launched to recreate the 1497 voyage of John Cabot across the Atlantic Ocean to Bonavista, Newfoundland. At the same time, Oliver Childs, now a resident of Summerside, embarked upon a similarly epic voyage on a personal level, leaving his home in Bristol, and a career as an actor, to move to Canada and marry and start a family.
On arrival in Canada, Childs decided to turn his photography hobby into a profession and enrolled in photography classes at Welland College in Ontario’s Niagara region, where a year later, he began teaching photography and darkroom skills. Two provinces, and twenty years later, Childs still teaches photography classes and is a busy freelance professional. He is well known to many island photographers as an expert in his field. His exhibition, “From the Darkroom to the Digital age” featured at MacNaught History Centre and Archives, spans twenty years from 1996 to 2016. Many of the prints on exhibit were shot on film and hand printed in Childs’ darkroom before digital cameras and the digital darkroom came of age. The images are striking and disparate, reflecting the growth and evolution of both the photographer and the medium.
The exhibit can be viewed free of charge, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. The MacNaught History Centre and Archives is located at 75 Spring Street in Summerside.