“Aristotle once called contemplation ‘the highest form of human activity.’
My intent is to awaken beauty where it isn’t always seen and to help us find that same beauty in ourselves.”

“Aristotle once called contemplation ‘the highest form of human activity.’
My intent is to awaken beauty where it isn’t always seen and to help us find that same beauty in ourselves.”

Cheryl Hassen

Photographer

In her relatively short time as a professional photographer, Cheryl Hassen has won four international photography awards in the Professional Fine Art Abstract Category at the International Photography Awards and the Tokyo International Foto Awards. Her first group exhibit was at the Lunenburg Art Gallery in 2015 where she launched her slate ‘rock portraits’ photography collection. She is delighted to share this powerful body of work, now primarily exhibited in her own gallery, Hassen Hall.

 Filmmaker and Producer

Cheryl is the former Creative Head of Children’s and Youth Programming at CBC Television. She moved from Toronto to take up her position as Creative Consultant and Executive Producer with Halifax Film and her position as Chief Operating Officer for DHXMedia. She went on to produce and direct three award-winning documentary films: Change You; Uncementing My Heart; and In A Cobweb, which aired repeatedly on CBC’s documentary channel. Cheryl is currently the President of Purple Office Productions Inc., a production company that combines tradition with technology to tell great stories.

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Awaken Beauty,

Awaken Self

Photographic Expressions

By Cheryl Hassen

Cheryl’s new book, Awaken Beauty, Awaken Self, captures the often-ignored splendour in Nova Scotia’s rocky landscape. Just as much as there is colour and texture and composition in Cheryl’s photography, there is story. There are stories of strength and courage, of honour and determination, of hidden beauty and the connection of all living things.

“Cheryl Hassen’s images consistently invoke both a profound reference to the beauty that surrounds us and the ability to see that beauty. Geological subjects are a rich trove that when captured as thoughtful compositions are analogous to good abstract paintings. They are at once real and surreal, and Cheryl’s work exploits those possibilities very successfully.” – Phil Secord, Secord Gallery

“Nature affects all of us everyday. But sometimes we blindly walk through the world not noticing the splendour that surrounds us. Cheryl Hassen is an artist who sees, through the eye of her mind and the lens of her camera, the magnificence in Nova Scotia’s rocky landscape. The structures and formations she captures in her photography are as striking as any painting — and can often be mistaken for one. Some of us see beauty in nature. Cheryl hunts, captures and showcases a whole new world to those willing to participate.”Deb Usher, Arabella Magazine

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