September 28, 2014
I was recently in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on assignment, the first time since last winter when I created the final set of images for the Canada Post stamp which was released last month. On this assignment, I created some interior photos of the space featuring the glass 'cloud'. I also captured a few exterior images at dusk and with the full moon rising behind it. I was 'tickled pink' to see my stamp and First Day Issue Envelope mounted and framed on one of the interior walls.
Click on the image to see more images from this latest series.
September 23, 2014
For the entire month of October, Winnipeg will come alive with PHOTOGRAPHY. FlashFest, the brainchild of photographer Leif Norman, will feature over forty photographers in thirty three venues throughout the city - cafés, shops, public spaces and galleries. Winnipeg has a long and established reputation as a leader in visual arts within Western Canada and this inaugural FLASH Photographic Festival will showcase the diverse range of artists working in the photographic medium.
Personally, I will be involved in three separate events. The first event will feature my photographic exhibition 'Prairie and Beyond ll' at Aspire Studios (289 King Street). The exhibition will run the entire month of October. On Friday October 3rd, I will be involved in an 'Art Talk' starting at 7:30 PM. Rose-Anne Harder, Director of the Manitoba Arts Network, will be on hand to introduce the exhibition. This exhibition, along with 'Prairie and Beyond l', has been traveling to Manitoba communities for the last two years. Leif Norman, Director of FlashFest, will then interview me about my work.
On Saturday, October 25, from 2-5 PM, I will be signing books at the WOW Mabuhay Gift Shop in the Johnston Terminal at the Forks. This new store opened in July and features a number of my photographic prints on display, along with copies of my books.
I will also be participating in a group exhibition that will hang at The Winnipeg Art Gallery's Storm Bistro foyer on the 4th floor. This show will feature one photograph from each photographer participating in this year's photo festival for the entire month of October.
An Opening Reception takes place on October 1, 2014 at 8pm at the The Winnipeg Art Gallery (300 Memorial Boulevard, Winnipeg). Mark your calendar now and plan to see as many photo events as you can during Winnipeg's very first FlashFest. It promises to be an exciting event!
September 22, 2014
A colleague and friend, Dion Manastyrski, is currently running an Indiegogo campaign to fund the printing of his first book 'Prairie Sunset: A Story Of Change'. The book will be printed at Friesens in Altona, Manitoba - a place I know very well as I have published all of my books with this great printer. Indiegogo is a crowd-sourcing mechanism for people all over the world to join forces to make ideas happen. Dion has been working hard on his idea to produce a quality book about the vanishing prairies for some 10 years now.
I had the privilege to meet Dion this past summer as he traveled to Manitoba to gather information from The Manitoba Archives and to create a few more images for the project. We also spent a day together photographing in the Pembina Valley. 'Prairie Sunset: A Story of Change' is a book of beautiful photographs of the Canadian Prairies to be sure but it's also a book about how the prairies have changed. Based on more than 70 interviewers that Dion has conducted himself with 'prairie settlers', this book will be one to cherish for years to come.
“In my search for understanding, as I roamed the homesteads of a vanishing era, I photographed the abandoned structures, and talked to the people of the prairies. I listened to their memories of the past and their feelings about the changes, and gathered some of their thoughts and anecdotes. In these writings and photographs, the story of the homesteaders emerged. Collectively, they have a remarkable story to tell, and I would like to share this with you in an upcoming book” says Dion.
Following is a quote from an interview that Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine published recently in my 'Prairie Giants' piece for 'Discovering Canada' (Issue #30):
“In 1938, my dad drove a horse and sled to the nearest phone, 4 miles away, and phoned the doctor. The doctor came by snowplane, which is an enclosed cabin on skis, powered by a gas engine with a large propellor at the back. I remember being afraid of the noise when the snowplane approached the house, and I thought the noise and blown snow might break the windows” remembers Helen Manastyrski of Ponass Lake, Saskatchewan.
If you're interested in the prairies, consider supporting Dion's venture by pre-ordering a book or making a donation.
You can see more of Dion's images as well as read more about the project at: www.prairiesunset.ca
September 20, 2014
It was a privilege to be interviewed recently by Vincent Dureau of Radio-Canada (French CBC) about my work and the road I have traveled to get to this stage in my life. Coincidentally, Vincent was also born near Sudbury, in a little village called Levac.
If you have a few moments from your busy schedule, grab a cup of coffee (or glass of wine!) and listen to the hour-long interview en Francais. Un grand merci a Vincent et Radio-Canada!
September 19, 2014
I recently introduced a series of 'blank' notecards and photographic prints for retail. This series features iconic images from Manitoba and consists of 14 different images. The series was designed by Circle Design (in conjunction with Tetro Design) and the notecards were printed by Friesens while the photographic prints were done by The Lab Works. I am very pleased with the products and they will be available in fine select retail outlets in Manitoba. The first retail outlet to feature the series is WOW Mabuhay, a newly opened gift store in the Johnston Terminal at The Forks in Winnipeg, Manitoba. More retail outlets will be added as they come on stream.
The 5x7" notecards are blank inside, leaving the customer the freedom to write their own message. The back of the notecard features a brief note about the image. The notecard comes with an envelope and both items are neatly packaged into a 'Crystal Clear Bag'. Each card retails for $ 6.95 each.
The 16x20' beautifully printed image comes packaged into a mailing tube for ease of carrying. Each frameable print retails for $ 74.95.
Each notecard / photographic print will be featured in a future blog post.