September 29, 2016
FlashFest, Winnipeg's Annual Photography Festival, begins this Saturday, October 1 and runs through the entire month of October. FlashFest promotes photography, mostly by Manitobans, via a series of events including photography exhibits and a Dodge+Burn Series of Lectures on October 5, 12, 19 and 26. I will be presenting the first lecture of this series called' Photography Is Not Art, or So It Seems'. The lecture series will take place at Photo Central, 957 Portage Avenue in Winnipeg, Manitoba from 7-8 PM.
An Opening Party is scheduled for Monday October 3rd, 2016 from 8-11pm at Forth (171 McDermot Ave). For a complete list of events, please check the FlashFest website. A printed Program of Events (sponsored by Friesens) is also available at participating venues.
September 29, 2016
Photo Central, Winnipeg's premier photography store, is starting up a lecture series on various aspects of photography showcasing local, acclaimed image makers. I am always excited and supportive of new venues featuring any aspect of photography.
The first lecture of this series takes place this Friday evening (September 30th) featuring one of Canada's finest nature photographers, Dennis Fast (evidenced by the exceptional photo above). While admission is free, registrants are asked to bring a donation of either non-perishable food items for Winnipeg Harvest or a minimum $10 cash donation for Habitat for Humanity, two great humanitarian causes!
Seating is limited and you must sign up in advance at the following link:
The evening begins at at 7:00 PM sharp but registrants are asked to arrive between 6:30 and 6:50 PM so that the presentation can begin on time. Photo Central is situated at 957 Portage Avenue in Winnipeg, Manitoba, across the street from DeLucca's.
Let's support photography in Winnipeg!
September 26, 2016
This coming Wednesday I travel to Friesens in Altona, Manitoba to print my latest book 'Manitoba: Land of the Unexpected'. It’s always a pleasure to spend time at Friesens. I particularly enjoy browsing through the recently published books in their library. Between the many visits to the pressroom, I peruse as many books from my hand-picked selection as I can, often at the expense of catching up on my sleep!
This latest book by ‘Les Editions des Plaines’ is the first in a series about Canadian provinces. Last year, ‘Les Editions des Plaines’ reprinted my ‘Canada’ book and, the year before that, they published our book about the ‘Saint-Boniface Cathedral’ as part of yet another series on special places and icons of Manitoba. More books to come in the future!
Creating any book always involves a lot of hard work as well as a great deal of time. The many steps involved include coming up with a concept followed by the photography, the processing of images, the writing, the layout, the editing, the proofing, the prepress work, more proofing, and more proofing still and, finally, the printing. A book launch has been scheduled for McNally Robinson in Winnipeg on November 3rd but more on that later!
September 26, 2016
2016 was a busy summer, photographically speaking. It started with me traveling to Grasslands National Park in extreme southern Saskatchewan, first waiting out some rainy weather and then having fun experimenting with my new B&W infrared camera. Then I crossed the USA border to attend the 2016 'Outdoor Writers Association of America's Annual Conference' in Billings, Montana from July 16-18. At the request of Friesens Corporation, I sat on a panel about book publishing alongside Don Gorman (Publisher at Rocky Mountain Books), Riley Blott (Sales Manager at Friesens Press) and David Frank (Western Sporting). Doug Symington (Friesens Corporation) moderated a well-attended session that dealt with evaluating different options offered through traditional publishing, self-publishing and specialty publishing. I met some great folks and had lots of fun chatting about books.
After the conference I headed west to gather some news images of British Columbia for upcoming projects. I focused mostly on locations that I had not seen yet or had spent little time in so far. Locations included The Paint Pots in Kootenay National Park, the endangered antelope-brush ecosystem in Osoyoos, Manning Provincial Park, the hoodoos in Fairmont, the dry areas around Kamloops, Cache Creek and the Fraser Canyon, island hopping on Salt Spring, Mayne and Saturna islands (part of the Gulf Islands), Port Renfrew, the Sea to Sky Highway, totem poles carved by First Nations people in the villages of Kispiox, Kitwanga and Kitwancool (some of which have been painted by Emily Carr) and finally headed to Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands) to explore this remote area. I had an opportunity to visit friends and family and, as usual, there was not enough time to see everyone or discover all the wonderful places that are still left undiscovered.
The above image was created near Cache Creek in the British Columbia Interior as sunlight broke through the stormy sky just before sunset. I will post new images soon.
With the exception of the card on the top right, this is one of the first series of QuickChange Payphone cards which featured Manitoba Wildflowers. It was a beautiful series created by the Palmer Jarvis Ad Agency for MTS back in 1999. The QuickChange Payphone card featuring the Winnipeg skyline was used in another series. Today phone cards are generic and lack any creativity or sense of place.