James Robert Durant, ‘Green Around Red White Blue’, 2011, Oeno Gallery
James Robert Durant, ‘Green Around Red White Blue’, 2011, Oeno Gallery

In the latest series of works, James Robert Durant explores the ways that tourists see paradise as a commodity. Durant’s current infatuation is with a collection of vacation images circa 1940-1984 that romanticize and glorify the idea of the vacation. His stressed photographs of tropical destinations challenge the concept of paradise as a marketing construct.

Durant studied Applied Photography at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. He graduated as Top Scholar in photography in 2003. Later that year, he boarded the Dawn Princess as a cruise line photographer for Princess Cruises. He returned to Toronto in 2004 with an extended portfolio and inspiration from the fascinating fantasy of vacationers, resorts and cruise life. This inspiration led to new bodies of work dealing with his interpretation of the concept of “all inclusive”.

Each work is unique, 1/1.