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.
October 3, 2015
'Les Editions des Plaines' (Winnipeg) recently released the latest edition of my Canada book. Originally published in 2005 by Key Porter Books (no longer in business), Canada sold 25,000 copies throughout the country. A French translation is currently in progress.
While this edition sports a new cover, this edition is significantly different than the last three. When I was asked if I wanted to release this book again - it had been out of print for a year or so - I insisted that all the images be re-scanned - which I did. The color is now more accurate, with much better contrast. The text remains unchanged but a few images had to be replaced because I could not find a few of them; the images however are simply a different version of the original images that appeared in the book. Another significant change is that the images are no longer cropped so they reflect my original vision. The layout has been altered to create a uniformly consistent display of the images. Designer Jef Burnard did an outstanding job re-designing Canada. I am currently working on 3 other titles for 'Les Editions des Plaines', 2 of which should be released in the next few months.
Canada is available in books stores and online.
October 3, 2015
'Beautiful Alberta' was released just a few weeks ago. During the summer of 2014, I was commissioned by Firefly to produce a coffee table book about Alberta. Although I had an extensive collection of Alberta images already in my image library from numerous trips to the province as well as having lived there for 7 years, I did not hesitate a single minute to spend 3 weeks traveling throughout Alberta in August 2014 to capture even more images. I covered the region north and south and east and west, discovering new territory all the while.
Upon my return, I selected a number of images and sent them to the publisher. Besides writing an introduction and captions to the images, I also sourced a few images from other photographers for the publisher, which include images from colleagues John Marriott and Gail Foster among a few others.
The book is available in books stores and online. On Friday evening, October 6, I will launch 'Beautiful Alberta' at McNally's in Winnipeg at 7 PM.
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 !