December 21, 2014
For the better part of a week, I struggled over which images would be included in my ONTARIO book. In the end, I selected about 10% of the original 2,300 images I had preselected. Part of the difficulty was choosing images that would work well opposite each other on a page spread. I was mindful of the geography, the seasons, colors, format and big landscape vs intimate views vs closeups, which proved to be a difficult task indeed. However, I achieved what I set out to do. Selecting the images and laying them out is the most difficult part of producing any book but it is also the most enjoyable, with the exception of producing the images and the actual experience itself. I meet with my publisher in a couple of days to finalize the layout. The next tasks include writing a preface, the captions and the stories behind the photographs. Plenty of work left to do!
Above are a few additional images that will appear in the book.
December 13, 2014
Now that the 'Alberta' book is mostly behind me, I am immersed in the production of my 'Ontario' book! I have been thinking about doing this book since 2005 just after I released my 'Canada' book. I seriously began photographing for this book in 2008 after publishing two other books: 'Georgian Bay' (2008) and 'Muskoka' (2010). When Key Porter Books went into receivership in 2011, those plans fell through. Luckily for me, I had retained the rights to all of my books and Turnstone Press of Winnipeg (publisher of my 'Prairie and Beyond' book) agreed to take on the Ontario project.
While the 'Canadian Prairies' has become my adopted home, I was born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario. That's where all my childhood memories are. While attending university and up until I left Ontario for Alberta in late 1978, I managed to experience much of the Central region of the province (what the politicians call Northern Ontario!). In the late 1990s, I traveled through many parts of southern Ontario to produce a number of business/tourism books for cities like London, Hamilton, Kitchener & Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph. I even collaborated on 'Healing The Landscape' book (2001) about the reclamation of the Sudbury Region. When I moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1985, I then began to explore Northwestern Ontario. Through the various trips back and forth from Edmonton / Winnipeg to Sudbury to visit family and friends, as well as all those business trips, I accumulated a significant amount of imagery of the province.
This week I rummaged through a filing cabinet of Ontario slides and short-listed 400 slides. I then searched for high res files on my hard drives, found 560 and copied them to a folder for further consideration. Then came the task of going through 8 hard drives of RAW unprocessed images to select another 1300 images. My first round of editing resulted in a first selection of 2,260 images. In the next couple of days, I will edit the 2,260 photographs down to about 250 images, thus rejecting 90% of that initial selection. It's not an easy task to be sure, especially when many of these are my favorites. But there is only room for so many images in a book and one must be ruthless during the editing process. Images will be chosen for various reasons including: geographic representation, variety of subject matter, landscapes vs intimate views, wildlife and plants, seasons, time of day, color, horizontal vs vertical, etc. I will then spend a great deal of time matching or pairing images on a 'page spread' so that the images complement each other creating continuity, visual flow and harmony. I thought you might enjoy some insight into what goes on in producing a book. I hope to produce the best Ontario book yet!
Attached is a small sampler of some of the images from different regions that will probably be included in the book. Wish me luck !
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 14, 2013
I will be conducting a one-day photo workshop on the Sunday as part of the 'Word On The Water' Book Festival taking place in Kenora, Ontario from October 25-27, 2013. In 'Viewfinder To Print', I will lead participants outdoors for a sunrise shoot near Kenora. I will demonstrate my process of setting up to capture an image, as well as talk about the decisions I make as I look through the viewfinder to execute the best image possible in-camera. Later we will return indoors to edit and process the images and learn more about expressing your vision in the final image. The workshop will end with a critique of the participants' work. The workshop is limited to 15 people.
Learn more about the workshop at 'Word On The Water'.
December 27, 2011
As you plan your next trip through the immense province of Ontario, you will undoubtedly find 'A Photographer's Guide To The Ontario Landscape' an indispensible guide to countless photographic locations. My friend and colleague, Andrew McLachlan, has produced an outstanding e-book to direct you to these wonderful locations. I had the pleasure of traveling and photographing with Andrew during some of these excursions. Throughout the book, Andrew has interspersed many tips about making fine images.