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!
The League of Landscape Photographers
‘The League of Landscape Photographers’ is a self-identified group of artists who photograph the natural world around them in accordance with high ethical standards. Essentially, it’s a movement of artists who create with a conscience. As the assault on our environment continues with garbage dumping, desecration of the land by graffiti, over-trampling and general disregard for the environment, its time has come.
As a naturalist, photographer and educator for more than 40 years, I strived to live life by a code of ethics that has governed my activities during my travels and at home. I respect the environment I explore by learning about it and not causing any undue stress upon either the environment or its inhabitants, the wildlife or the plants. I also respect private property.
I encourage others, whether photographers or the general public, to live life by a Code of Ethics. Respect is due not only to the environment or its inhabitants but also to the people who visit these areas and I afford them the same respect I would like them to bestow upon me.
I urge you to visit the ‘League of Landscape Photographers’ website at: leaguelandscape.com
November 11, 2013
It was a brutally cold morning as I came across these two leaves frozen in time, alone and forgotten.