December 21, 2017
I have always loved Black & White photography. It's what I cut my teeth on back in the mid 70s when I started out on my photographic journey. While the genre has always maintained some popularity, I have had few opportunities to showcase my B&W imagery over the years as the genre was never high up on my clients' lists. This changed a little this year with a couple of publications featuring my Black & White photography. Outdoor Photography Canada magazine recently featured an article that I illustrated in the latest issue (#44) of the magazine. 'A Black & White Primer' introduces the topic. A second article by colleague Wayne Simpson explores the medium further in his article 'Lifting the Veil of Colour'. Also, check out my newest calendar called 'CANADA in Black & White' by Wyman Publishing.
December 21, 2017
The latest issue of 'Outdoor Photography Canada' magazine (Issue #44) is now on the bookstands. My latest 'Discovering Canada' article features British Columbia's 'HAIDA GWAII' - the highlight of my 2016 travel season. What a place! As I mentioned earlier, OPC celebrate its 10th Anniversary this year ! It is hard to believe that I have now illustrated 44 different locations in 'Discovering Canada'! Lots of other excellent articles too by some excellent photographers!
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
The latest issue of 'Outdoor Photography Canada' magazine is now on the bookstands. Issue #39 features my latest 'Discovering Canada' article on 'British Columbia's Sunshine Coast'. It's hard to believe that I am now working on my 40th article for OPC magazine which will celebrate it's 10th Anniversary in 2017 ! Lots of other excellent articles too!
September 22, 2014
A colleague and friend, Dion Manastyrski, is currently running an Indiegogo campaign to fund the printing of his first book 'Prairie Sunset: A Story Of Change'. The book will be printed at Friesens in Altona, Manitoba - a place I know very well as I have published all of my books with this great printer. Indiegogo is a crowd-sourcing mechanism for people all over the world to join forces to make ideas happen. Dion has been working hard on his idea to produce a quality book about the vanishing prairies for some 10 years now.
I had the privilege to meet Dion this past summer as he traveled to Manitoba to gather information from The Manitoba Archives and to create a few more images for the project. We also spent a day together photographing in the Pembina Valley. 'Prairie Sunset: A Story of Change' is a book of beautiful photographs of the Canadian Prairies to be sure but it's also a book about how the prairies have changed. Based on more than 70 interviewers that Dion has conducted himself with 'prairie settlers', this book will be one to cherish for years to come.
“In my search for understanding, as I roamed the homesteads of a vanishing era, I photographed the abandoned structures, and talked to the people of the prairies. I listened to their memories of the past and their feelings about the changes, and gathered some of their thoughts and anecdotes. In these writings and photographs, the story of the homesteaders emerged. Collectively, they have a remarkable story to tell, and I would like to share this with you in an upcoming book” says Dion.
Following is a quote from an interview that Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine published recently in my 'Prairie Giants' piece for 'Discovering Canada' (Issue #30):
“In 1938, my dad drove a horse and sled to the nearest phone, 4 miles away, and phoned the doctor. The doctor came by snowplane, which is an enclosed cabin on skis, powered by a gas engine with a large propellor at the back. I remember being afraid of the noise when the snowplane approached the house, and I thought the noise and blown snow might break the windows” remembers Helen Manastyrski of Ponass Lake, Saskatchewan.
If you're interested in the prairies, consider supporting Dion's venture by pre-ordering a book or making a donation.
You can see more of Dion's images as well as read more about the project at: www.prairiesunset.ca