“Down the rabbit hole” – that is the most concise summary of Bill Hornbostel’s path into photography. While he had studied painting and drawing as an undergraduate at Bard College, his path veered into the study of history, and subsequently meandered into teaching and editing. He exchanged the brush and canvas for the camera in that time, but it was only after a stint in graduate school that he made a concerted effort to dive into photography properly. In this endeavour, he has been largely self-taught, but he still recalls his earlier artistic training in his use of the camera.
His current work is in black and white architectural studies. These are created with a bent toward minimalist composition and the use of long exposure to heighten the contrast between static structures and changeable weather conditions. Other projects have included the use of infrared photography in landscapes, landscape images of Northern Ontario, and studies of the shore of Lake Ontario in winter.
He has been a member of the Colborne Art Gallery, and has exhibited in a number of events such as The Artist Project Toronto, the CONTACT Festival in Toronto, the SPARK Festival in Peterborough, and The New Art Festival in Ottawa.