September 23, 2013
I look forward to presenting at this year's 'Word On The Water' Book Festival in Kenora, Ontario on beautiful Lake of the Woods. I will share some of my thoughts about my approach to photographing the natural world as well as talk about the 'how and the why' behind some of the images I make.
On Sunday, October 27, I will conduct a one-day photo workshop - 'Viewfinder To Print' - which will involve an outdoor 'sunrise session' as well as an indoor session where we will edit, process and learn about translating our vision to the final image. Finally, we will critique some of the morning's photographs.
From October 11 to November 9, I will exhibit NATURAL REFLECTIONS, a selection of large scale photographs at Tangled Tree Framing & Gifts in Kenora. The exhibition is co-sponsored by Tangled Tree Framing & Gifts, Elizabeth Campbell Books and Word On The Water Book Festival.
September 14, 2013
I will be conducting a one-day photo workshop on the Sunday as part of the 'Word On The Water' Book Festival taking place in Kenora, Ontario from October 25-27, 2013. In 'Viewfinder To Print', I will lead participants outdoors for a sunrise shoot near Kenora. I will demonstrate my process of setting up to capture an image, as well as talk about the decisions I make as I look through the viewfinder to execute the best image possible in-camera. Later we will return indoors to edit and process the images and learn more about expressing your vision in the final image. The workshop will end with a critique of the participants' work. The workshop is limited to 15 people.
Learn more about the workshop at 'Word On The Water'.
September 14, 2013
I am pleased to announce that I will be part of this year's 'Word on the Water' Writers Festival in Kenora, Ontario from October 25-27, 2013.
On Saturday, I will be presenting an illustrated talk about my photography. In 'Stories Through The Lens', I will look at some of my favorite images and discuss the how, where and why these images work.
On Sunday, I will lead 'Viewfinder To Print', a hands-on photo workshop.
The latest issue (August - September 2013) of Country Magazine features my story 'Sentinels of the Canadian Prairie'. Here I chat about some of the old buildings I encountered as I traveled across the Canadian Prairies. Also included are some of my favorite photographs. Of course, I have many, many favorites! Click on the link above to read more.....
It's clear that the days of the grain elevator are numbered! As I traveled across the Canadian prairies over the last 35 years, I have always kept an eye out for photo possibilities. As I drive closer and closer to the elevators, I begin to consider how I might capture this particular one, from which direction should I photograph it from, from which vantage point, what should I include as part of my composition, etc. Often, the lighting would be dictacted by the time I happened to drive through but, at other times, I would make an effort to explore the elevator at different times of the day. This included photographing elevators at night with stars trailing and northern lights dancing, some times also accompanied by the howling of coyotes. I have captured many of the sentinels on film and as digital captures. While my collection is far from a complete document of their existence, my photographs represent some of my favorite experiences with grain elevators.
"As 'Prairies North, the magazine of Saskatchewan' marks its fifteenth year, we tip our hat to the wooden elevator, its concrete replacement, and the farming life behind it all" states editor Lionel Hughes. 'Prairies North' is a very fine and important magazine. In last year's Summer 2012 issue, 'Prairies North' also featured images from my latest book 'Mike Grandmaison's Prairie and Beyond' (published by Turnstone Press). View the Summer 2013 issue of 'Prairies North' for more of my favorite photographs of these vanishing 'prairie giants'. And if you happen to be traveling through a Manitoba town this next year, keep an eye out for my print exhibition 'Prairie and Beyond' which also features one of these prairie giants.