I am pleased and very excited to announce that I will be editing a new book about Canadian Nature Photography for Rocky Mountain Books. This beautiful art book will be published in the fall of 2018 and will showcase a wide variety of some of the best nature photography made by Canada's visual artists specializing in photography. Besides an essay on nature photography by yours truly, the book will also feature a foreword by Freeman Patterson, arguably Canada's finest photographic artist. The submission process is now open and we are seeking submissions from photographers who have created a large body of excellent nature imagery. The publisher will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book to a Canadian environmental organization to be determined in the near future.
As some of you know, I have been involved in promoting Canadian photography for years, going back to my humble beginnings in the early 80s. During the ensuing decades, I lectured and presented on various aspects of nature photography to various camera clubs and organizations, including the National Association for Photographic Art (NAPA). NAPA eventually merged with the Colour Photographic Association of Canada (CPAC) in 1996 to form the Canadian Association for Photographic Art (CAPA). The last 20 of my 40 years in photography have been spent pursuing a full-time career as a freelance photographer, specializing in nature photography.
It has been nearly two decades since Canadian nature photographers have been collectively featured in book form. The first major celebration that I can remember came in 1967 during Canada's centennial year when Lorraine Monk, celebrated Executive Producer of the Still Photography Division at the National Film Board, edited 'Canada – A Year of the Land'. This monumental work featured some of Canada's finest photographers of the day. In 1980, well-known Canadian photographer, J.A. Kraulis, edited a book called ‘The Art of Canadian Nature Photography’ and, in 1982, edited a second book called 'Canada: A Landscape Portrait'. In that same year, Lorraine Monk edited 'Canada With Love', a special tribute celebrating Canada's 115th birthday and the patriation of the Constitution of Canada. In 1990, Canada's photographic icon, Freeman Patterson, edited 'The Last Wilderness - Images of the Canadian Wild', a remarkable portrait of our wild places. Finally, Lorraine Monk returned in 1999 to edit 'Canada: These Things We Hold Dear – A Millennium Celebration' Honouring Canada’s Photographers'. It is our hope to continue this fine tradition by producing a new book featuring fine nature photography from Canada's exceptional photographers currently practicing today. I look forward to reviewing the submissions and eventually adding this book alongside the above mentioned titles to my personal collection of art books.
Anyone interested in being considered for possible inclusion in the book should consult the information provided on the Rocky Mountain Books website under 'Call to Nature Photographers'.
The submission process is now open and the deadline for receipt of submissions is December 15, 2017.
The League of Landscape Photographers
‘The League of Landscape Photographers’ is a self-identified group of artists who photograph the natural world around them in accordance with high ethical standards. Essentially, it’s a movement of artists who create with a conscience. As the assault on our environment continues with garbage dumping, desecration of the land by graffiti, over-trampling and general disregard for the environment, its time has come.
As a naturalist, photographer and educator for more than 40 years, I strived to live life by a code of ethics that has governed my activities during my travels and at home. I respect the environment I explore by learning about it and not causing any undue stress upon either the environment or its inhabitants, the wildlife or the plants. I also respect private property.
I encourage others, whether photographers or the general public, to live life by a Code of Ethics. Respect is due not only to the environment or its inhabitants but also to the people who visit these areas and I afford them the same respect I would like them to bestow upon me.
I urge you to visit the ‘League of Landscape Photographers’ website at: leaguelandscape.com
February 9, 2017
The 10th Anniversary (Winter 2017) issue of Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine is now at the newsstands. Congratulations to editor Roy Ramsay and the staff at OPC! Ten years ago, I began writing and illustrating a feature called 'Discovering Canada' in each issue of the magazine. With this 40th issue, I explore the northwestern region of Ontario, the Lake of the Woods area in and around Kenora that borders the eastern side of Manitoba. Each issue of the magazine features interesting and topical articles by some of Canada's finest nature and outdoor photographers ... and the images aren't too shabby either! In every issue, editor Roy Ramsay runs a profile with an interview and portfolio of images from either an aspiring or seasoned photographer. And there is much, much more too! I invite you to have a look and join us!
January 24, 2017
This year, in 2017, Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary as a country. Join me this coming Friday, January 27 at 7 PM as I illustrate some of this country's prime landscape destinations as well as discuss some of my favorite images. I understand that attendance for this event is near capacity but, if you really want to come and see it, call Photo Central at 204-774-4343 and ask to be included on the waiting list. Invariably, there are always some folks who can't attend an event at the last minute for various reasons. See you Friday evening!
Photo Central is situated at 957 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Canada, across from DeLuca's.
December 20, 2016
As one year draws to an end, another is just about to begin. I managed to get out photographing a few times in the last 10 days or so, albeit during the coldest stretch of winter to date. I travelled to Lake Winnipeg at Victoria Beach on one occasion, the open prairie around Lorette and Grande Pointe on another, Birds Hill Provincial Park on a third occasion and finally, Sandilands Provincial Forest on the final one where I made this image of the sun setting through jack pine trees. It was bitterly cold with temperatures hovering around minus 30 degrees Celsius. With a cutting breeze, the windchill dropped the temperature to around minus 40 degrees Celsius. I was toasty warm walking through the forest except for my face and hands. I have yet to find a balaclava to work well with with glasses (I now have three of them including a very expensive one). I managed to keep the fingers from freezing but I had accidentally left the thinner silk gloves in my other winter coat; I normally slip these thinner silk gloves into a slightly thicker pair when temperatures are extreme.
I love the silence at this time of year! I thought this image was fitting for the coming festive season.
Wishing you Happy Holidays and All The Best for 2017 !