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.
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!
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!
I look forward to returning this summer to conduct another workshop at the Niagara School of Imaging in Ste. Catharines, Ontario. 'Making A Living As A Nature Photographer' runs from August 21 to August 25 and will explore the 'ins and outs' of a working nature photographer's life. Check the web site for full details about the course.
'The Canadian Gallery' was recently launched in Winnipeg, Manitoba to showcase my premiere collection of fine art photographs. A companion, online gallery was also launched which features the complete collection. Corporate art buyers, art collectors and anyone interested in premium fine art photographs can browse the collection based on themes. Each image is offered in one of three editions: an open edition, a limited edition and a signature edition.