Svjetlana Mlinarevic of The Portage Daily Graphic talks about Mike Grandmaison's photographs of 'Prairie & Beyond' I Traveling Exhibition currently showing in Portage La Prairie at the Portage and District Arts Central Gallery until June 26, 2013. A number of the prints in the exhibition 'Prairie & Beyond' can be found in Mike's coffee table book 'Mike Grandmaison' Prairie & Beyond' published by Turnstone Press. A current listing of the exhibition locations and dates can be found here.
It’s difficult to capture into words or film the feeling of living under the big blue sky of the prairies and among its golden fields of grain. W.O. Mitchell came close with Who has Seen the Wind and now Winnipeg-based photographer Mike Grandmaison is attempting to do the same with his exhibit Prairie and Beyond I at the Portage and District Arts Central Gallery.
“We’ve had quite a few visitors come through the gallery so far and they’re really, really enjoying the exhibition so far,” said Lori Blight, acting PDAC executive director. “The colours and landscape he has captured in his photos are just absolutely incredible.”
This is the first time Grandmaison is exhibiting in Portage la Prairie. His 26 prints, ranging in size from 16-inches by 24-inches to 30-inches by 40-inches, were recommended by the Manitoba Arts Network (MAN), which is promoting it as part of travelling exhibit throughout southern Manitoba.
“We are touring the show until December 2014. We would hope to hit at least 20 venues during that time,” said Tim Schouten, visual arts program coordinator for MAN. “It’s been one of our most popular shows in years, that’s for sure.”
Born in Sudbury, Ont., Grandmaison has been a photographer since 1976. It was only after leaving his previous profession as a biologist in 1996 that he took up photography as a profession.
“I decided I needed a change and I went into freelance photography,” he said.
His works have appeared in National Geographic, Canadian Geographic and a number of postage stamps.
“I enjoy being out in the natural world. It’s peaceful for the most part and there’s lots to discover,” said Grandmaison, noting he loves to shoot architecture and agricultural scenes as well. “I love to take any photograph that is visually beautiful, or shows some beautiful design.”
Prairie and Beyond I is on exhibit until June 26.