October 28, 2016
This coming Thursday, November 3 (2016) at 7 PM, I will be launching my new book 'MANITOBA - LAND OF THE UNEXPECTED’ in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers store in Grant Park Shopping Centre, 1120 Grant Ave) in Winnipeg, MB. This book was published by Les Editions des Plaines in Winnipeg and printed in Altona, Manitoba, making this another great 'Made In Manitoba' project, at least in my mind! This book is the result of some 30 years of exploring one of Canada's best kept secrets! I look forward to sharing it with you.
September 29, 2016
'Manitoba - Land of the Unexpected' has been printed! The page signatures are now drying and will be assembled, collated and bound in the next few days. This latest book by 'Les Editions des Plaines' should arrive in Winnipeg towards the end of next week.
I spent the day yesterday proofing and approving the page signatures as they came off the press. We experienced absolutely no glitches whatsoever as we had done due diligence a few weeks earlier during prepress making all the necessary conversions and tweaks to the photographs. A big thank you to the good folks at Friesens - Gaylan Hildebrand, Printer, Aron Friesens, Customer Service Representative, Donovan Bergman, Sales Representative and Ralph Hamm - as well as to Joanne Therrien, Publisher of 'Les Editions des Plaines'.
Click on the main image to see some of the production photos.
Stay tuned for an announcement about the book launch.
September 26, 2016
This coming Wednesday I travel to Friesens in Altona, Manitoba to print my latest book 'Manitoba: Land of the Unexpected'. It’s always a pleasure to spend time at Friesens. I particularly enjoy browsing through the recently published books in their library. Between the many visits to the pressroom, I peruse as many books from my hand-picked selection as I can, often at the expense of catching up on my sleep!
This latest book by ‘Les Editions des Plaines’ is the first in a series about Canadian provinces. Last year, ‘Les Editions des Plaines’ reprinted my ‘Canada’ book and, the year before that, they published our book about the ‘Saint-Boniface Cathedral’ as part of yet another series on special places and icons of Manitoba. More books to come in the future!
Creating any book always involves a lot of hard work as well as a great deal of time. The many steps involved include coming up with a concept followed by the photography, the processing of images, the writing, the layout, the editing, the proofing, the prepress work, more proofing, and more proofing still and, finally, the printing. A book launch has been scheduled for McNally Robinson in Winnipeg on November 3rd but more on that later!
September 26, 2016
2016 was a busy summer, photographically speaking. It started with me traveling to Grasslands National Park in extreme southern Saskatchewan, first waiting out some rainy weather and then having fun experimenting with my new B&W infrared camera. Then I crossed the USA border to attend the 2016 'Outdoor Writers Association of America's Annual Conference' in Billings, Montana from July 16-18. At the request of Friesens Corporation, I sat on a panel about book publishing alongside Don Gorman (Publisher at Rocky Mountain Books), Riley Blott (Sales Manager at Friesens Press) and David Frank (Western Sporting). Doug Symington (Friesens Corporation) moderated a well-attended session that dealt with evaluating different options offered through traditional publishing, self-publishing and specialty publishing. I met some great folks and had lots of fun chatting about books.
After the conference I headed west to gather some news images of British Columbia for upcoming projects. I focused mostly on locations that I had not seen yet or had spent little time in so far. Locations included The Paint Pots in Kootenay National Park, the endangered antelope-brush ecosystem in Osoyoos, Manning Provincial Park, the hoodoos in Fairmont, the dry areas around Kamloops, Cache Creek and the Fraser Canyon, island hopping on Salt Spring, Mayne and Saturna islands (part of the Gulf Islands), Port Renfrew, the Sea to Sky Highway, totem poles carved by First Nations people in the villages of Kispiox, Kitwanga and Kitwancool (some of which have been painted by Emily Carr) and finally headed to Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands) to explore this remote area. I had an opportunity to visit friends and family and, as usual, there was not enough time to see everyone or discover all the wonderful places that are still left undiscovered.
The above image was created near Cache Creek in the British Columbia Interior as sunlight broke through the stormy sky just before sunset. I will post new images soon.
"We all have a book inside us waiting to be written".
I am pleased to announce that I will be presenting 'The Art of Making A Book' for a second time on Friday, March 18, 2016 at McNally Robinson Booksellers from 7:00 - 9:00 PM. The presentation had originally been scheduled for last month but had to be changed because of a death in the family. To all those who had already registered for the full-house, thank you kindly for your understanding. The first presentation on October 9, 2015 was also a resounding success. Space is limited so register by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Donovan Bergman of Friesens will be joining me to discuss everything you want to know about making a book. The event will include a Q&A and some publishing materials will also be given out. The event is sponsored by Friesens, The Manitoba Photo Friends and FlashFest (Winnipeg's Annual Photography Festival). I am looking forward to seeing you there!