Long gone are the days of traditional art galleries with their perfectly controlled lighting and ubiquitous white walls. These days art is popping up everywhere, including the rooms at Vancouver’s Opus Hotel where photographer Joshua McVeity will host his first solo exhibition in Vancouver, appropriately titled Hotel Room.
Originally inspired by a photographic story of a young gay couple in and around an old hotel that he did for the gay French publication Pref, McVeity has assembled seven pieces featuring models in various cities he has visited since.
“I have been shooting models in different hotel rooms for a number of years traveling from city to city shooting for different model agencies,” said McVeity. “I enjoy the idea of hotel rooms and the stories of different people that pass through them.”
Seeing them as voyeuristic windows into private moments, McVeity describes the photographs as sexy but not sexual.
“They are sexy yes, but not meant to be sexual with intent to arouse the viewer,” he explained. “They are soft images, sharing quiet moments.”
In creating those soft images, McVeity says composition is important to him with little formula as to the time it takes, or the amount of direction given to his models.
“I try to give enough direction to get the composition I want while keeping a natural feeling to it,” he said.
While certainly appropriate for an exhibit of photographs that take place in hotel rooms, the Opus connection came after McVeity showed the images to owner John Evans who liked them enough to invite him to showcase them at the hotel.
“The opening preview of the work will be held on the second level of the hotel after which the pieces will be placed in several of the hotel rooms during the Outgames and Pride Vancouver. So they will only be viewable to the public on opening night for the preview”.
A graduate of Alberta College of Art and Design, McVeity’s work has been published in Pref Magazine (France), Outlooks, LOV Magazine and Xtra West and has been a profiled photographer by Australia’s DNA Magazine. Having taken up residence in Vancouver for just a year now, McVeity is looking for this exhibit to establish himself locally and as an introduction to the community.
The hotel room is used as a stage in which you are placed in the position of voyeur. Various stories made up by McVeity. Models selected, story telling directed, fantasies played out. These boys show obsessions and refuse elucidation. McVeity’s imagination shares these private moments. In some pieces the models are simply allowing you to watch and in others more demanding on the viewer. Known for his use of natural light combined with his “hands off” approach during a shoot, the result is an honest and spontaneous look. These boys share moments of a story that leave a lot to the viewer.
McVeity has assembled together seven pieces for his first solo photographic exhibition in Vancouver. Following the opening night reception McVeity’s works will be displayed in various rooms of the Opus Hotel Vancouver during the North American OUT Games and Vancouver Pride.