February 24, 2015
I am pleased to announce that I will be touring select communities and cities in Ontario during the latter half of May following the release of my recent book 'Mike Grandmaison's Ontario' by Turnstone Press. You can preview a few images from the book from past blog postings. Clicking on the image above will allow you to connect on other links.
The various events will include some traditional book signings as well as some illustrated presentations. See the list below for an event taking place near you.
We are currently working behind the scenes to book additional signings / presentations in other venues and cities. We will be adding more venues in the weeks to come so please check in regularly to see any new updates.
I am looking forward to meeting many of you along the way - friends, family, photographers, naturalists, and anyone interested in beautiful images from the great province of Ontario!
Before we start the journey through Ontario however, we launch the tour in Winnipeg with the pages just barely dry from the press at Friesens!
Thursday, April 9 7:00pm (Atrium)
Book Signing at McNally Robinson Booksellers (Grant Shopping Centre)
Tuesday, May 19 7:00pm
Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at Dryden Camera Club
Wednesday, May 20 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Book Signing at Chapters (797 Memorial Drive)
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Wednesday, May 20 7:00pm
Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at 'Imagetrekkers Photography Club'
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Thursday, May 21 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Book Signing at Coles
Cambrian Mall (44 Great Northern Road)
Sault Ste Marie, Ontario
Saturday, May 23 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Book Signing at Costco
Sunday, May 24 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Book Signing at Chapters
Sunday, May 24
6:00 pm Walkabout with Gerard Courtin and 'Friends of Lake Laurentian'
7:30 pm Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at the 'Friends of Lake Laurentian'
Tuesday, May 26 7:30 pm
Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at the 'Trillium Photographic Club'
East Plains United Church, Peart Hall
375 Plains Road East
Thursday, May 28 7:00 pm
Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at the 'Grand River Imaging and Photographic Society' GRIPS
Kitchener East Presbyterian Church
10 Zeller Drive
Saturday, May 30 Noon to 3:00 pm
Book Signing at Indigo (Bay and Bloor)
55 Bloor Street West
Sunday, May 31 7:00 pm
Book Signing at Chapters
South Keys Shopping Centre
2210 Bank Street
Tuesday, June 2 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at the 'RA Photo Club'
February 3, 2015
While working on the Ontario book, I literally viewed thousands of images. Many of these images were stored on hard drives and had yet to be processed. This particular image is one of the many that I had simply forgotten and rediscovered while going through the various folders on my hard drives. I made the initial discovery in the summer of 2011 on 'Lake of Bays' in Muskoka as the warm colored sunlight skimmed above the slow moving blue water just before the sun dipped below the horizon. A lazy summer day!
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 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 !