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Photographer taking Port Dover to Paris, France

Jacob Robinson

By Jacob Robinson, Simcoe Reformer

Selkirk resident Robert Irvine will conduct a photo shoot on Harbour Street in Port Dover for a project that will be featured at the Louvre in Paris, France. JACOB ROBINSON/Simcoe Reformer

Selkirk resident Robert Irvine will conduct a photo shoot on Harbour Street in Port Dover for a project that will be featured at the Louvre in Paris, France. JACOB ROBINSON/Simcoe Reformer

SIMCOE - 

The picturesque town of Port Dover soon will be featured in one the world’s most famous galleries.

Selkirk photographer Robert Irvine was at Norfolk council Tuesday asking for a portion of Harbour Street be closed for an hour in mid-March for a photo shoot. The photo, which will feature 16 local volunteers as subjects, will be shown at the Louvre in Paris.

Irvine’s exhibit, entitled Entropy, was showcased at the famous museum last year and this time around he wanted to keep things close to home.

“When I came back I started to sit down and consider what I would like to actually do and I go, ‘Port Dover, a place where you can definitely recognize it’,” Irvine said. “The lighthouse might not even be in it because I’m trying to get people interacting with each other, but you’re definitely going to be able to see where it is.”

Irvine recently put out a call for volunteers on the Currently in Port Dover Facebook page and quickly had 16 willing participants.

“When I finally said I didn’t need anymore, people are going ‘shoot, I didn’t see this’,” Irvine laughed.

The photo will be an “enigmatic study of human relationships” - Irvine will actually combine between 12 and 14 shots into one canvas that will stretch about 40-45 inches long.

The finished product won’t be your prototypical shot of the south coast landscape, Irvine said.

“I’ve done a lot of photography in Port Dover because it’s a good place to take photographs of,” he began. “When I thought about the Louvre (project), I was very cautious when I asked for volunteers. I was very, very clear that this is not going to be a pretty picture of Port Dover ... I don’t do pretty, I’ve never done pretty. I’m going in knowing what they need at the Louvre because I was there last year.”

In addition to the 16 folks on the peer, there will be about 30 inside the Cuppa Refills coffee shop and a strobe light giving off an orange/yellow light onto the street. Irvine will also enlist the help of four assistants.

The group will gather three hours in advance of the shoot to rehearse.

“They’re really keen because they want to be able to take part in something that’s going to be displayed in the greatest gallery in the world,” Irvine said.

Council approved the closure of Harbour St. from St. George to Main St. at dusk March 18 with a rain date set for March 25.

jrobinson@postmedia.com