Come see the world through the eyes of Reiko, a Montreal-based photographer and filmmaker whose life is fueled by her drive to document it all.
Reiko’s passion for film-making, photography and travel is a family legacy. Her maternal Zaide, Ralph Silverstone, was a war veteran and dentist who spent every spare moment behind his 35mm lens and Super 8 camera. Growing up amid vibrant images of the life he shared with Reiko’s Bubby Ann – seven children, the Park-Ex vintage shop Ann ran, rustic cottage weeks, community, Expo ’67, family trips– instilled in Reiko an instinctive desire to capture it all herself.
Since the age of 17, she has journeyed the globe solo, experiencing nearly every continent through her viewfinder. Along with her youth and gender perspectives, Reiko brings an acute awareness of and appreciation for the multifaceted histories that influence every present moment, into her work. Themes of family, geography, emotion and spirituality filter the lens of every frame she chooses. It is this openness to all that the world offers that stokes a constant flow of inspiration, and an easy ability to reveal the untold stories that cross her path.
Reiko loves the solitary nature of her work. Free from external forces, her bond with her visual subjects and art in turn strengthens her bond with herself. Work becomes an opportunity to tap into fluid mental and physical states, to find stillness and clarity. She calls this process “photographic meditation.”
Although she focuses on solo artistic exploration, Reiko is also inspired by cooperative energies, remaining open to new streams of expression through creative collaboration. Please contact our space if you have inspiration to share or wish to display your work.
Everything in our world is connected. We reflect our experiences and we reflect each other, even if the other is a two-toed Camelid. ALPACA explores the profound similarities we share in the collection of experiences that is life. This exhibit is a call to action- to unite and blur the lines of “other.” In what respect is there an “other” when we are one?
We typically see animals through our human-centric lens as a simple-minded inhabitant of our world. But the animal world is complex, featuring unique instinctual pathways that inform survival techniques, multifaceted social connections and kinesthetic intelligence that we don’t yet understand. This exhibit encourages us to be humble, open, and to appreciate and help preserve the life that surrounds us.
Like alpacas, we procreate, live in connection to family, pilgrim as one. Like us, they need companionship to thrive, and like us, alpacas are social herd animals that set their own boundaries of "personal space" within their family and group structures. We all have a deep-rooted, inescapable connection to family and its power dynamics.
Each photograph frames the vibrancy and simplicity that surround the alpaca’s existence. We have a lot to learn from these brief opportunities; the depth of life one can capture in an observed present moment. This collection is about what we have to gain when we can just BE, surrounded by the beings we call family.
For this exploration, Reiko documented her 16,000-foot high trails in Bolivia’s Sajama National Park, located next to a crossing between Chile and Bolivia. She captured these images in October 2018.