October 8, 2015
I will be presenting 'The Art of Making A Book' on Friday, October 9, 2015 at McNally Robinson Booksellers from 7:30 - 9:30 PM. Donovan Bergman of Friesens will be joining me to discuss everything you want to know about making a book. It will also include a Q&A. The presentation is sponsored by FlashFest (Winnipeg's Annual Photography Festival), The Manitoba Photo Friends and Friesens. The class is full but we are taking names on a waiting list for a potential second class in January. If you are interested in attending a future class, please email email@example.com and let us know! We already have about 14 names.
October 4, 2015
On Tuesday, October 6, I will be participating in a fundraiser for Uniquely Manitoba, a local art organization that I belong to. The event is called 'In Someone Else's Shoes', a Celebrations Dinner Theater. It will feature a dinner, dance, choir and an art display and sales with about 30 Manitoba Artists attending, including myself. Last year, I was honored by UM with a 'Rising Star Award'.
At the event, I will have some of my books available for sale, including 'Ontario', 'Beautiful Alberta' and 'Canada'. In addition, I will have note cards and a few framed fine art prints. This is an excellent opportunity to start your Xmas shopping and support a good cause at the same time! Sorry, but Xmas isn't too far away!
The event takes place at the Canad Inn in Fort Garry at 1824 Pembina Hwy in Winnipeg.
The Art Display/Sales is free to the public and will take place from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm and again from 8:30 pm - 9:30 PM. Tickets for the Dinner/Show are $35 and may be purchased by contacting Marilyn at (204) 784-8263 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to see some of you there!
October 3, 2015
'Les Editions des Plaines' (Winnipeg) recently released the latest edition of my Canada book. Originally published in 2005 by Key Porter Books (no longer in business), Canada sold 25,000 copies throughout the country. A French translation is currently in progress.
While this edition sports a new cover, this edition is significantly different than the last three. When I was asked if I wanted to release this book again - it had been out of print for a year or so - I insisted that all the images be re-scanned - which I did. The color is now more accurate, with much better contrast. The text remains unchanged but a few images had to be replaced because I could not find a few of them; the images however are simply a different version of the original images that appeared in the book. Another significant change is that the images are no longer cropped so they reflect my original vision. The layout has been altered to create a uniformly consistent display of the images. Designer Jef Burnard did an outstanding job re-designing Canada. I am currently working on 3 other titles for 'Les Editions des Plaines', 2 of which should be released in the next few months.
Canada is available in books stores and online.
October 3, 2015
'Beautiful Alberta' was released just a few weeks ago. During the summer of 2014, I was commissioned by Firefly to produce a coffee table book about Alberta. Although I had an extensive collection of Alberta images already in my image library from numerous trips to the province as well as having lived there for 7 years, I did not hesitate a single minute to spend 3 weeks traveling throughout Alberta in August 2014 to capture even more images. I covered the region north and south and east and west, discovering new territory all the while.
Upon my return, I selected a number of images and sent them to the publisher. Besides writing an introduction and captions to the images, I also sourced a few images from other photographers for the publisher, which include images from colleagues John Marriott and Gail Foster among a few others.
The book is available in books stores and online. On Friday evening, October 6, I will launch 'Beautiful Alberta' at McNally's in Winnipeg at 7 PM.
October 3, 2015
Canada Post recently published my 'Double Rainbow' photograph as one of five stamps that comprised the 'Weather Series'. 'Double Rainbow' was created in St. Gedeon a few years ago as I was touring the Lac St. Jean area of Quebec. Driving through a rainstorm I noticed a rainbow forming and stopped on the side of the highway. It was still raining but, undeterred, I started shooting and made a series of a half dozen images. I later had to remove a couple of drops from the image that has fallen on the lens during the shoot.
The stamp series was released on June 18 following my Ontario book tour of 'Mike Grandmaison's Ontario'. I has previously been interviewed by The Weather Network and Canada Post. The other contributors to the 'Weather Series' stamp series were: Dave Reede (Lightning), Daryl Benson (Hoarfrost), Frank R. Reardon (Sundog) and Geoff Whiteway (Fog).
'Double Rainbow' was also used on the First Day Issue Cover, the Booklet and the Uncut Press Sheet which are also available for purchase. I have signed a number of First Day Issue Covers that have been sent to me by stamp collectors from Canada and the USA.