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    May 30, 2018
    Friend, graphic designer 'extraordinaire' and co-author Robert L. Peters and I are extremely proud and very excited to launch our book 'Natural Reflections' on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at McNally Robinson Booksellers. The launch begins at 7:00 PM in the Atrium of the Winnipeg store in Grant Park Mall. We invite you to check out the Facebook Page called 'Natural Reflections' to read more about the book as well as browse some sample pages.

    Rob and I met back in 1990 when he joined the young enterprise called 'Praxis Photographic Workshops' along with commercial photographer Paul Martens, Naturalist/Photographer Celes Davar and I, Forestry Technician/Photographer. Together we provided photographic instruction to the local community for a couple of years before our full-time jobs and family responsibilities made it simply unsustainable to continue. Celes and I had young families and challenging positions with the Federal Government while Paul serviced commercial clients in Winnipeg and abroad and Rob managed a small team of graphic designers at Circle (Design) designing work for clients around the world.

    Early on, Rob and I recognized that we had similar publishing interests and we began working on the framework that would become 'Natural Reflections'. Through a number of all-night stands after busy work days, we drafted the outline of five chapters and made extensive notes that became the ideas for each chapter. On and off, as time permitted, we reviewed the draft documents, made revisions and edited images. We pledged that some day we would see this project to fruition. Finally, in the summer of 2016, I met publisher Don Gorman of Rocky Mountain Books at an American Writer's Conference in Missoula, Montana and, after some brief communication, he commissioned 'Natural Reflections' for a future publication.

    We are both looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible to the upcoming launch on June 21, also coinciding with the Summer Solstice (First Day of Summer) and the National Indigenous Peoples Day. Mark your calendar!
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    May 7, 2018
    If you are a CREATOR - a visual artist, writer, editor or translator - please lend your support to ACCESS COPYRIGHT ! Whether you are a Creator with much experience or just starting out, please come out to the formal hearings and public, open-mic sessions for the statutory review of the Copyright Act in 5 cities across Canada this coming week from May 7 to 11, 2018. I will be there at the Winnipeg Hearings this Thursday in Winnipeg. Please see the schedule for hearings in the different cities below.

    This is what it's all about. Most of this information has been gathered from the Access Copyright website, newsletters and email messages I received as an AFFILIATE OF ACCESS COPYRIGHT. Access Copyright is a collective voice for creators and publishers in Canada. As a non-profit, national organization, it represent tens of thousands of Canadian writers, visual artists and publishers, and their works. Through agreements with sister organizations around the world, Access Copyright also represents the works of hundreds of thousands of foreign creators and publishers. This rich repertoire of content is highly valued, by educators, students, researchers, corporate employees and others who need to copy and share content. Access Copyright licenses the copying of this repertoire to educational institutions, businesses, governments and others. The proceeds gathered when content is copied, remixed and shared are passed along to the copyright-holders. These investments help to ensure the continued creation of new and innovative works.

    The addition of “education” as a fair dealing exception to Canada’s Copyright Act in 2012 has led the majority of Canadian universities, colleges and school boards outside Quebec to adopt “fair dealing” content use guidelines that set out the education sector’s interpretation of what can be copied without compensation to creators or publishers. A study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) - engaged by Access Copyright to conduct an independent economic assessment of the impacts of the education sector’s “fair dealing” guidelines on the Canadian market for educational content - determined that the education sector's "fair dealing" guidelines have already significantly harmed the educational publishing industry in Canada and that the negative impacts are expected to continue. The guidelines and weak market are expected to cause educational publishers to reduce their investments in Canada; meaning fewer Canadian titles and less content variety. The guidelines also significantly lower incentives for creators to create content for the educational publishing market.

    This week is our opportunity to show our support for Access Copyright and attend in person the formal hearings and public, open-mic sessions hosted by The Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology. The Committee invites individuals and organizations from all industries and sectors, experts and non experts alike, to participate in these events. To participate, individuals must register on location: arrive 30 minutes in advance and bring a piece of identification. Participants will be given two minutes to express their views. The Committee will hear participants until the session runs out of time.

    These sessions are a critical opportunity for you to speak directly in front of committee members conducting the critical Copyright Act review to share your personal story of how you have been impacted by 2012 amendments to the Act.

    Open-Mic Schedule

    Monday, May 7 – Halifax, Nova Scotia
    Time: 7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.
    Location: Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
    1919 Upper Water Street
    Room: Nova Scotia AB

    Tuesday, May 8 – Montreal, Quebec
    Time: 7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.
    Location: Delta Hotels by Marriott
    475 Président-Kennedy Avenue
    Room: Opus

    Wednesday, May 9 – Toronto, Ontario
    Time:7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.
    Location: Courtyard by Marriott
    475 Yonge Street
    Room: Courtyard Hall AB

    Thursday, May 10 – Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Time: 7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.
    Location: Radisson by Canada Inns
    288 Portage Avenue
    Room: Ambassador A

    Friday, May 11 – Vancouver, British Columbia
    Time: 7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.
    Location: Coastal Coal Harbour Hotel
    1180 West Hastings Street
    Room: Coal Harbour

    If you are not in a city where the Committee will be traveling, there are still many ways to get involved.

    Visit to send a letter to the members of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology and the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage who are collectively responsible for the current Copyright Act review.
    Share on social media using the hashtags #IValueCdnStories #CreativeCanada #ValueGap #INDU #cdnpoli
    Encourage your friends to get involved too.
    Prepare a written submission (maximum length of 2,000 words) to

    Every action you are able to take will make a difference !!!

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    May 2, 2018


    I am always looking for an opportunity to learn and be inspired; that's how I grow as an artist. Books, magazine articles and online portfolios provide excellent ways to learn about all aspects of photography but nothing beats attending a live performance by a distinguished artist. Whether you are a novice, intermediate, advanced, semi-professional, professional or accomplished photographer, there is always something you can learn and take away, depending on how receptive you are!

    PAUL ZIZKA, this year's presenter at the 5th Annual Manitoba Photo Event, will provide an excellent opportunity for you to learn and be inspired. Paul, an award-winning photographer from Banff, Alberta will be presenting a one-day seminar on Saturday, May 12, 2018 which will run from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. The event takes place at the:

    St. Boniface Hospital - 351 Taché Avenue

    Topics to be covered in the seminar include:

    Based upon his travels and explorations over 7 continents, Paul will present on:

    The Power of the Human Element in Landscape Photography
    Field Workflow
    Adventure Photography
    Shooting Stars: A zooming introduction to Astrophotography

    The EVENT is sponsored by The Manitoba Camera Club, Manitoba Foto Friends and the Winnipeg South Photo Club.

    You can read more about PAUL ZIZKA online.


    You may also register in person before the event from 8:00 to 9:00 AM.

    You can pay cash at the door (exact cash required) and admission is $100 per person or $50 per person for high school students with valid student photo ID.

    Seating is limited!

    Come and learn and be inspired !

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    April 30, 2018
    The latest issue of 'Outdoor Photography Canada' Magazine (Spring / Summer 2018) is now out! Check out my most recent installment of 'Discovering Canada' as I explore the 'Saguenay / Lac Saint-Jean Region' of Quebec.
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    April 23, 2018
    I am saddened to announce the passing of Fred Chapman, friend, artist, teacher, long-time member and Board Member of NAPA (now CAPA - the Canadian Association for Photographic Arts), promoter of the arts and 'lover of nature'.

    Fred was a kind, gentle soul, full of vitality and creativity. He made people laugh, he made people think, and he made people care. He was very thoughtful and unselfish, always thinking about how he could help. He was a very important part of the success that NAPA (now CAPA) enjoyed over the years. He was instrumental in growing the Pacific Zone of NAPA (the National Association for Photographic Arts) in the 70s, 80’s and beyond. He also played an important part in many British Columbia camera clubs. He loved the Cibachrome process and printed for what seemed to be generations! Fred had a wonderful life and he will be missed by many. The photographic community has lost a true friend and a wonderful artist.

    Below are the words of his son and friend as they announced the passing of Fred:

    "Monday morning, our friend headed down the long road and up the sunny grassland side of the big hill to where the Saskatoons grow the best.
    He fought hard to stay here with us. But it was time for him to carry on, on his quest to visit his favourite places, memories, friends, plants, birds and animals.

    This slightly modified quote from Pericles seems appropriate to us - we hope you agree.



    Fred Chapman was born May 17, 1923 in Empress, Alberta and passed away on April 16, 2018 at 10:40 am. in Burnaby, British Columbia.

    There is no service or remembrance planned at this time but there will likely be one at some time in the future.
    If you wish to be included on an invitation list please send an email to:

    If anyone wishes to make a contribution on Fred’s behalf, we recommend:

    a) Burnaby Hospice Society - please specify St. Michael’s Hospice

    b) BC Cancer Foundation, Lymphoma Research

    Greg Chapman
    Karen Marotz

    Farewell Fred !!! We will miss you dear friend!


    P.S. Below you will find an article I wrote about Fred Chapman in the third issue of Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine, Fall / Winter 2017. It is reprinted here with permission from editor, Roy Ramsay.

    Hope you enjoy!


    by Mike Grandmaison

    Many of us weren’t even born when Fred Chapman picked up his first camera as a teenager, a Kodak Bullet which utilized 127 B&W film. He still remembers capturing his first photograph on the family farm, a portrait of a horse with a cat in a basket. At 84, this is amazing in itself since I occasionally can’t remember what happened last week!

    Fred was born on the Canadian Prairie in 1923 in a little border town called Empress. He came into the world just 300 meters into Alberta but lived his childhood just across the border into Saskatchewan. For those who are familiar with the Great Saskatchewan Sand Hills, that’s just a little west of the Hills as the crow flies. At 23, Fred left the prairie for British Columbia in a 1926 Studebaker camper.

    Shortly after arriving in British Columbia, Fred found a job in the logging industry. Four years later, a broken leg ended his logging career and took him to Vancouver to convalesce. He needed to find another way to make a living so, as a reluctant entrepreneur, Fred started a small business as a building contractor specializing in renovating homes in the Burnaby - Vancouver area. His only child, Greg, apprenticed with Fred for a number of years until he took over the business after Fred retired nearly 20 years ago after 35 years in the business.

    It wasn’t until 1966 when Fred was able to afford better camera equipment that he purchased his first SLR. He practiced his craft and was now able to start creating the images that he had envisioned. While mostly self-taught, Fred credits local New Westminster club member Anne Hau as his first important mentor. “She saw a spark of ability in me, encouraged me and got me involved in photography” says Fred. Freeman Patterson also influenced Fred through his excellent series of instructional books and writings.

    In 1970, Fred registered in an evening photography class but found the course very disappointing. “After one particular class, Fred and classmate Don McGillivray began a spirited discussion about what they felt were the shortcomings of the course and resolved to form a group dedicated to pursuing photographic excellence. Fred believed strongly that if they could find a way to interest others in the art of photography, the inevitable exchange of information and ideas would benefit everyone in the group. Fred was much involved with the Burnaby Photographic Society during its formative years and is still a most active and highly respected member” wrote friend and colleague Dave Martin in “Just How Old Is Fred Chapman? - The first of a Two-Part History of the Burnaby Photographic Society”. In recognition of his many years of service to the BPS, Fred became the group's first life member on June 13, 1988.

    Another fine example of Fred’s dedication to photography was his involvement with NAPA, the National Association of Photographic Art - now called CAPA. One day Freeman Patterson called upon Fred to help out on the Board of Directors. Fred agreed and served as NAPA Vice-president from 1980 to 1982. He also served as Pacific Zone Director from 1981 to 1990 and was very active with NAPA's Annual Traveling Exhibition during many years. In 1987, he was awarded the Silver Medal for Distinguished Service to NAPA. Recently, he was awarded CAPA’s Honorable Fellowship Award by the Board of Directors. Pierre Rochon, CAPA’s current Quebec Zone Director, adds: “Fred was an excellent photographer and a master black and white printer. I always considered him a gentleman, a tireless worker and a real good friend.” In addition to serving on the Board and various other committees, Fred helped organize workshops, seminars, outings and print shows and he proved to be very creative in getting people involved in the organization. District Representative for Edmonton, Mufty Mathewson recalls: “Fred is a prince of a guy. He and I served on the Board together for many years. He was always fair and just and a hard worker always giving much of himself”.

    Fred, an Honorary Member of the North Shore Photographic Society and the Lion’’s Gate Photo Club, actively supported all local camera clubs, large or small. “Fred is a bit of an "icon" in this part of the world as he started and helped just about anyone that was interested in photography and especially nature photography. He is a top notch print maker and also mentor for so many people” remarks Betty Andres, current president of the NSPS. His role as mentor to so many photographers looking for feedback, guidance or a little encouragement was probably his greatest gift to photography. And he would seldom, if ever, disappoint. “Several years ago, when my wife and I expressed an interest in learning how to work with Ilfochrome, Fred welcomed us into his darkroom and showed us how to use the process. Since then he has been most supportive and is always full of helpful suggestions”, adds Dave Martin. Adam Gibbs, another accomplished Canadian photographer, credits mentor and friend Fred Chapman for “introducing me several years ago, to the fine art of photographing frost patterns on glass”. These anecdotes exemplify Fred’s eagerness to help anyone who would ask and, through the years, this has given Fred much satisfaction.

    So what did Fred like to photograph? It wasn’t the “big landscape” that drew him outdoors; it was more the intimate views, the little details, close-ups of wildflowers, reflections in water, abstracts of colour, form, shapes and patterns. You get a sense of this love for the outdoors in the accompanying portfolio of images. They speak for themselves. “When I go out to photograph wildflowers for instance, I still feel a sense of wonderment. I’m not a “church goer” but I can sit on the ground and worship nature. It’s often a spiritual experience for me. It just blows me away”!

    Fred learned the craft of black and white printing early on and created many beautiful prints. In the late 1970’s, the introduction of practical home Cibachrome processing slowly pulled him away from black and white to colour printing and he still loves spending hours in his darkroom, always excited about the magic of that next print. Fred has had numerous solo exhibitions including at the Burnaby Art Gallery, Surrey Art Gallery, Richmond Art Gallery, John Nichols Gallery (Santa Paulo, CA), Milne Gallery, Richmond Gateway Photo Gallery and has exhibited several times in the Showcase Project, a NAPA-sponsored theme show. From 1981-1990, he was one of the organizers of the BC Photographers print shows at Robson Square Media Centre, the largest show of its kind in Western Canada. Fred also lectured extensively at photography seminars in Canada and the western USA. While his images have been widely published in books, calendars, magazines and as fine art prints, he now shoots mostly for himself.

    Fred’s opportunity to travel in his retirement was limited for 10 years as he cared for his wife Grace, a victim of Alzheimer’s. After 50 years of marriage Grace passed away last year. Spending so much time close to home forced Fred to keep busy photographing to keep his mind active. While he had always looked at patterns in nature, he began experimenting with mylar, doing close-ups, making abstract reflections and the like.

    Fred is content in his Burnaby neighborhood, with a backyard of greenery and flowers which can keep him busy photographing all year round. He likes to hike and he is traveling a little more now. He prefers working on a specific project at any one time. He might select a series of images from a current project, print them on ... yes ... Cibachrome and organize a print exhibition in his “home gallery”, something he has done for over 30 years. If you are fortunate to run into Fred walking the trails of Burnaby, he will likely invite you to visit his gallery and view his latest project. Recently, I had the privilege of spending a day with Fred and thoroughly enjoyed looking at his library of more than 1,000 prints! Fred has a keen sense for designing images and his love for the natural world permeates his work. “I’m a colour junkie”! he says in a soft spoken, mild mannered way. I can just see him smiling through his long, white beard, radiating peace and joy. And that beard .... it’s a photographic subject in itself!

    Fred is good-natured to say the least. Nature photographer Dennis Fast recalls a cherished moment back in the summer of 1983. “I spent several weeks with Fred Chapman, Chris Harris, and Freeman Patterson (among others) in the Queen Charlotte Islands. One day I was attaching my flash and looking for a place to put the small screw-in cover for the on-camera pc flash connection. Fred noticed this and asked if I had trouble losing those little things. I said , "Yes." "I’ve never lost one yet," Fred replied. "How do you manage that," I queried. "It’s simple," he said. “Whenever I get a new camera I remove all those caps and throw them in the garbage; that way I never lose any!" After a good laugh I threw mine away too, and I've never lost one since! That’s Fred - practical and no-nonsense, but with a great sense of humor!”

    “Now 84 years of age, Fred is reluctant to make the switch to digital imaging, but he is always interested in seeing the results of our digital printing and in learning more about digital photography. We are constantly amazed when we visit to discover the many new creative projects that he is constantly experimenting with in his basement studio” comments Dave Martin. “Fred is not one who seeks out rewards or who feels comfortable being singled out for recognition. In speaking to him recently Fred remarked”, "I would be satisfied just to know that some of my suggestions have been helpful to other photographers." His son Greg points out that “Dad gets as much enjoyment from teaching and sharing images with young and old as he does in creating them. The mentoring is more important than a box full of awards, ribbons and trophies”.

    Sometimes we need to acknowledge photographers not only for the excellent body of work they have produced over the years but also for the significant contributions that they have made in mentoring, encouraging and inspiring photographers over many, many years. You have touched many of us Fred and, for this, we Thank You!


    As a follow up to that article, I would like to add that Fred did make a transition to digital photography in his mid 80s ! I remember him asking me whether he should make the switch. He was obviously interested! I said: "Fred, it is going to be a challenge and a significant learning curve but, if you have good support around you, it can be a lot of fun!". Fred received a lot of support from his friends from the local camera clubs, etc and he had much fun in the process. It was always a pleasure to receive a new image from Fred in an email. In the summer of 2016, I had a very pleasant visit with Fred, his son Greg and my traveling companion Brad Smith at Fred's home. As usual, Fred always had a smile and loved to kid around. He still walked about a mile each day then. Little did I know that would be our last visit.

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