The often-rustic landscapes of Southern Alberta are certainly not strangers to film and television productions. The natural, seemingly untouched scenery of Alberta is often called upon to serve as a narrative backdrop to many a historical narrative. Calgary-based visual artist and educator Stacey Watson set out to explore the sets on which these various films are captured. Watson’s photographic works seek to embody the intersection of artifice and landscape, as the props and false landscapes of their respective productions lay dormant on non-filming days.
Paper Moon, the resultant series of Watson’s efforts, is showcasing until August 21 at the Leighton Art Centre located in the foothills of Alberta, just outside of Millarville.
Stacey Watson recently joined host Lisa Wilton to discuss the photographic series and what motivated her to capture film sets at rest: