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.
Grolle Fine Art will be displaying a selection of my fine art photographs this coming Saturday, April 18 from 1- 6 PM. From 1-4 PM, I will be available to chat about my work and sign copies of my latest book 'Mike Grandmaison's Ontario' (published by Turnstone Press) which was released just last Thursday. At 4 PM, I will speak formally about my work, about my thoughts on my techniques and approach to my art. I will also discuss the creation of some of my most memorable images.
I am looking forward to meeting you this Saturday.
The exhibition is on display from April 17 to 24, 2015.
Grolle Fine Art is situated at Fort Garry Place, 81 Garry Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Phone 204-691-6112
This coming July 10-26, 2015, the city of Toronto in ONTARIO, Canada will host the 2015 PAN AMERICAN GAMES. In addition, the city will also host the PARAPAN AM GAMES from August 7-15, 2015. Together, TORONTO and ONTARIO will welcome visitors, tourists and delegates from all over the world as well as from various parts of Canada. The World will be focusing their sights on ONTARIO this coming summer.
‘Mike Grandmaison’s ONTARIO’ recently released book will make an exceptional souvenir for anyone looking for a fine memento or gift of their travels to ONTARIO.
“From the ancient mineral deposits of the northern Canadian Shield to the fertile farmlands of the South, Ontario offers a myriad of spectacular landscape that acclaimed photographer Mike Grandmaison expertly captures. His wide-ranging lens covers Ontario’s vast and varied terrain, teeming with plant and wildlife.
Beyond the photographs, Dr. Gerard Courtin provides expert essays on Ontario’s flora, fauna, and geology. Grandmaison’s anecdotes and composition insights in the Stories Behind the Photographs are a fascinating glimpse into the conditions and circumstances surrounding his work.
A vision of riotous colour, grace, and beauty –‘ Mike Grandmaison’s Ontario’.
"Mike Grandmaison's Ontario is my Ontario. Every image in this collection takes me to a place I know, a place I've seen a thousand times, and yet a place I'm seeing as if for the first time. It's the Ontario I see when I close my eyes. Except for an occasional silo or lighthouse, it's the Ontario that has been here for 10,000 years, and now, thanks to these superb photographs, will remain with us for a long time to come." - Wayne Grady
The book may be purchased singly at many fine book stores throughout the province of Ontario and beyond or online. If multiple copies are required, the publisher Turnstone Press can offer a volume discount as well as fulfill your order quickly and efficiently.
Mike Grandmaison's Ontario will make a wonderful keepsake for years to come.
February 3, 2015
The Ontario book is mostly behind me now. The photographs have been selected, laid out and prepared. All the text has been written and now I wait for the call to drive to Altona, MB to do the prepress work to make sure that the images print as close as possible to what I have envisioned. Once we receive the proofs and check them over, I will return to Altona to print the book. Press checks are always a little stressful because that is when you see the final product on paper (signatures) before the book is actually assembled. About a week later the book should arrive in Winnipeg at which point the distribution to book stores and boutiques begins. Marketing has already started but will jump into 'high gear' once the book is printed. We will start with book launches in Winnipeg followed by a book tour to various cities throughout Ontario. Producing books is a lot of work; I guess that's partly why a book is called a 'labour of love'!
My publisher Turnstone Press has planned a book launch at McNally Booksellers in Winnipeg for April 9. More info about book launches coming soon.
December 10, 2014
I am currently working on a few book projects, one of which is a book about Alberta. I moved to Edmonton in the late 70s and lived there for about seven years. It was the beginning of a 'travel bug' I caught while working with Forestry Canada. Part of my job involved extensive traveling across the Canadian Prairies, as well as the Northwest Territories and the Rocky Mountain parks in British Columbia. My time in Alberta also coincided with my burgeoning interest in photography. While I moved to Winnipeg in the mid 80s, I would return to Alberta to photograph on numerous occasions, sometimes to photograph for other books such as 'The Canadian Rockies' while at other times simply to visit family, friends or photograph for other projects. Always, I would have a camera with me! Here are a few images I hope the editors will include in this new book scheduled to be published this coming spring.