Friend, graphic designer 'extraordinaire' and co-author Robert L. Peters and I are extremely proud and very excited to launch our book 'Natural Reflections' on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at McNally Robinson Booksellers. The launch begins at 7:00 PM in the Atrium of the Winnipeg store in Grant Park Mall. We invite you to check out the Facebook Page called 'Natural Reflections' to read more about the book as well as browse some sample pages.
Rob and I met back in 1990 when he joined the young enterprise called 'Praxis Photographic Workshops' along with commercial photographer Paul Martens, Naturalist/Photographer Celes Davar and I, Forestry Technician/Photographer. Together we provided photographic instruction to the local community for a couple of years before our full-time jobs and family responsibilities made it simply unsustainable to continue. Celes and I had young families and challenging positions with the Federal Government while Paul serviced commercial clients in Winnipeg and abroad and Rob managed a small team of graphic designers at Circle (Design) designing work for clients around the world.
Early on, Rob and I recognized that we had similar publishing interests and we began working on the framework that would become 'Natural Reflections'. Through a number of all-night stands after busy work days, we drafted the outline of five chapters and made extensive notes that became the ideas for each chapter. On and off, as time permitted, we reviewed the draft documents, made revisions and edited images. We pledged that some day we would see this project to fruition. Finally, in the summer of 2016, I met publisher Don Gorman of Rocky Mountain Books at an American Writer's Conference in Missoula, Montana and, after some brief communication, he commissioned 'Natural Reflections' for a future publication.
We are both looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible to the upcoming launch on June 21, also coinciding with the Summer Solstice (First Day of Summer) and the National Indigenous Peoples Day. Mark your calendar!
Looking for ADVENTURE, EXCITEMENT, KNOWLEDGE & INSPIRATION ?
I am always looking for an opportunity to learn and be inspired; that's how I grow as an artist. Books, magazine articles and online portfolios provide excellent ways to learn about all aspects of photography but nothing beats attending a live performance by a distinguished artist. Whether you are a novice, intermediate, advanced, semi-professional, professional or accomplished photographer, there is always something you can learn and take away, depending on how receptive you are!
PAUL ZIZKA, this year's presenter at the 5th Annual Manitoba Photo Event, will provide an excellent opportunity for you to learn and be inspired. Paul, an award-winning photographer from Banff, Alberta will be presenting a one-day seminar on Saturday, May 12, 2018 which will run from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. The event takes place at the:
SAMUEL N. COHEN AUDITORIUM
St. Boniface Hospital - 351 Taché Avenue
Topics to be covered in the seminar include:
Based upon his travels and explorations over 7 continents, Paul will present on:
The Power of the Human Element in Landscape Photography
Shooting Stars: A zooming introduction to Astrophotography
The EVENT is sponsored by The Manitoba Camera Club, Manitoba Foto Friends and the Winnipeg South Photo Club.
You can read more about PAUL ZIZKA online.
You can REGISTER online at MANITOBA PHOTO EVENTS.
You may also register in person before the event from 8:00 to 9:00 AM.
You can pay cash at the door (exact cash required) and admission is $100 per person or $50 per person for high school students with valid student photo ID.
Seating is limited!
Come and learn and be inspired !
December 2, 2017
The 2018 'Manitoba' calendar features my photographs from 32 years of extensive traveling throughout my adopted province. In 2016, I also published a book called 'Manitoba - Land of the Unexpected' (Vidacom Publications). The calendar was 1 of 8 published by Wyman Publishing featuring my photography exclusively. Thank you kindly in advance for supporting my work! Enjoy!
November 1, 2017
With camera in hand I am an explorer. Sometimes I travel to the far reaches of this great country we call Canada discovering new locales but often I explore for new possibilities in the comfort and proximity of my own backyard. It’s important for me to create and just as important for me to create without any thoughts as to how an image might be used in the future. This personal work is important for growth as an artist and it brings much contentment. No matter what the tools are (iPhone) or what the technique being used is (ICM Intentional Camera Movement), the resulting image can be as important and fulfilling as any other. If I don’t come away with an image, the experience of being out there was enough. As Freeman Patterson said many years ago, this is simply “Photography For The Joy Of It”.
This coming Saturday, April 29, Manitoba Photo Events is sponsoring their fourth annual weekend extravaganza by hosting fellow photographer from Prince Edward Island DAVE BROSHA. Dave will present a one-day seminar about his work. Then, on Sunday, April 30th, he will conduct a workshop for a smaller group of participants.
The Saturday event runs from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM with registration from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM. The event takes place at the SAMUEL N. COHEN AUDITORIUM of the St. Boniface Hospital at 351 Taché Avenue in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
A wonderful way to grow as a photographer is to be inspired by the work of fellow artists. No matter who you are, one should always be receptive to seeing the work of other artists. I have attended dozens of photo seminars over the years and they have proven invaluable to my growth as an artist. I plan on attending! Are you?