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
The 2014 Spring / Summer issue of OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY CANADA magazine is now out! In my regular feature called DISCOVERING CANADA, I focus my lens and thoughts on one of my favorite places, my 'home town of GREATER SUDBURY. It's hard to believe that we've already highlighted 28 other wonderfful locations across this great country of CANADA. Subscribe or pick up your copy at your favorite newstand.
December 22, 2013
In the latest issue of Outdoor Photography Canada magazine, I look at one of Canada's rarest ecosystem, the 'tall grass prairie'. Situated barely an hour south of Winnipeg near Tolstoi, Manitoba, it's a place that I have visited on numerous occasions. Check out the story and photographs in the Winter 2014 issue of Outdoor Photography Canada magazine, Canada's finest outdoor magazine!
In the latest issue of 'Outdoor Photography Canada' Magazine (Summer/Fall 2013), I illustrate an article and discuss some of my favorite lighthouses captured on the Canadian East Coast. I have been producing the feature 'Discovering Canada' every issue since its inception back in 2007. The magazine is available at your favorite newstand or through subscription.
September 13, 2012
Roy Ramsay founded 'Outdoor Photography Canada' magazine more than 5 years ago following a lifelong passion for magazines that started as a kid. In his latest blog post - 'What Do Photographers Feel When They Take A Photograph' - he talks about what he feels when he is photographing and illustrated the short piece with beautiful photographs. While he speaks from a very personal point of view, his thoughts resonate with many of us I am sure. I know I feel much the same way. Well said Roy!