November 12, 2014
The goutweed near the patio is waiting for Mother Nature to smother it under snow. In this season between 'fall and winter', it is, for now, a 'study of lines', in which I created 'order from the chaos'.
November 10, 2014
What a difference a day can make! I made this image of drifting snow on pavement with my iPhone coming back from babysitting the grandkids this evening.
November 10, 2014
Along with water, trees have been a major focal point throughout my career, first while working in forestry for some 18 years and then as a nature photographer for the other half of my working career.
Trees, however, offer much more than practical benefits. They also have a way to make us feel good! Trees have inspired countless artists in their art and are fascinating subjects in themselves. Whether they are depicted as individual objects or as part of a forest scene, they offer the viewer limitless variations on the themes of line, shape, form, texture and color. There is a tree for all seasons!
Trees, however, offer much more than practical benefits. Trees have inspired countless artists in their art and are fascinating subjects in themselves. Trees have a way to make us feel good! Whether they are depicted as individual objects or as part of a forest scene, they offer the viewer limitless variations on the themes of line, shape, form, texture and color. There is a tree for all seasons!
Text from 'A Singular View' - Fine Art Photographs by Mike Grandmaison (2012)
Design by Jef Burnard
Printed by Friesens in Altona, Manitoba
This 'stately' cottonwood is a recent discovery, about 10 minutes from my home. While it is a great specimen, it is not always accessible as the narrow 'dirt road' leading to it is more or less made from 'Winnipeg gumbo' and becomes extremely slippery when wet, even for an all-wheel-drive vehicle. In the middle of winter, the road is not plowed and therefore it is also impassable until the ground dries up in late spring. I made this image yesterday morning just as the first rays of the rising sun began to illuminate the 'plains cottonwood' tree and its wonderful branch structure as the moon was setting in the western sky. I made three, overlapping images (up and down the tree) to create a panorama with the 'shifting' movement of my 20mm PC lens (perspective control). I then decided to crop the image to a square format because it just 'felt good'.
November 9, 2014
'La Cathédrale de Saint-Boniface' and 'Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes' are the first two books to be published in a new book series called 'Lieux et paysages du Manitoba' (loosely translated, it means 'Places and Landscapes of Manitoba'). Over the course of the next few years, many new titles will be added, including 'Le Manitoba' (Manitoba), 'Churchill et les ours polaires' (Churchill and polar bears) and 'Saint-Léon' in the coming year. This series is published by Les Editions des Plaines and Vidacom of Winnipeg, designed by Tetro Design and printed by Friesens in Altona making this a truly 'Manitoba Made' Project. The books are available in both French and English editions.
It is exciting to be collaborating with renowned architect Etienne Gaboury and 'Plaines' president Joanne Therrien in 'La Cathédrale de Saint-Boniface'. The book features fascinating historical facts, archival photos and recent photographs from your truly. 'Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes' is the first of a series of books to honour the many 'French speaking villages in the Province of Manitoba.
October 2, 2014
Last night I attended the launch of FlashFest, Winnipeg's First Photographic Festival at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. As the very first event of its kind in this city, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. I was however very happy to see a ‘full house’ of very enthusiastic photographers! Leif Norman, the organizer of this festival, along with a handful of volunteers, deserves our praise for making this happen!
I found it particularly interesting that the vast majority of people who attended last night’s launch were very young. It is true that I have been creating images for 39 years now, albeit only for the last 20 years as a full-time professional. There were few ‘veteran’ photographers to be seen. Most of the photographers I know were noticeably absent. It was however a pleasure to chat with new folks. But it makes me wonder a little about how much enthusiasm remains with the veteran photographers, the camera club members, etc.
As photographers, we often work in isolation so we don’t often have opportunities to meet our colleagues, especially when there is no center for photographers to meet. I miss the Pixels 2.1 Photography Gallery as it fulfilled that community role so well. It’s too bad it could only go on for a couple of years. This town is ready for a permanent photography center. Seeing a roomful of such energetic and interested photographers last night gives me hope that perhaps it could happen here one day.
So Winnipeg's First Photographic Festival has officially begun. For the entire month of October, Winnipeg photographers will be displaying their work in various venues across the city, demonstrating interesting techniques and nearly forgotten processes, and talking about their work. Personally I will try and see as many of the exhibits and presentations as I can. Tomorrow evening (First Friday) starting at 7:30 PM at Aspire Studios (289 King Street), it will be my turn to chat about photography. Leif will interview me about my work and other things. My exhibition of color prints entitled ‘Prairie and Beyond’ will also be on display. Admission is FREE so … ‘come on down’ !