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 !
December 10, 2014
I am currently working on a few book projects, one of which is a book about Alberta. I moved to Edmonton in the late 70s and lived there for about seven years. It was the beginning of a 'travel bug' I caught while working with Forestry Canada. Part of my job involved extensive traveling across the Canadian Prairies, as well as the Northwest Territories and the Rocky Mountain parks in British Columbia. My time in Alberta also coincided with my burgeoning interest in photography. While I moved to Winnipeg in the mid 80s, I would return to Alberta to photograph on numerous occasions, sometimes to photograph for other books such as 'The Canadian Rockies' while at other times simply to visit family, friends or photograph for other projects. Always, I would have a camera with me! Here are a few images I hope the editors will include in this new book scheduled to be published this coming spring.
December 10, 2014
The December / January 2015 issue of Country Magazine featured an article and photographs of my experience in the Canadian Rockies. SNOW BOUND is the latest in an on-going series about God's Country!
December 9, 2014
If you are looking for a nice 2015 calendar for yourself, a family member or a friend, you may be interested in this selection of beautiful calendars that feature my photography. Some of these calendars are offered in different sizes like 'large wall', 'mini' and 'desktop'. The Winnipeg title is a brand new calendar for this year! These calendars should be available in many book stores across Canada like Chapters / Indigo / Coles as well as many of the independents like McNally Robinson Bookstores here in Winnipeg. Of course, some regional titles may not be offered in some regions but they can still be available from the publisher. If you can't find a particular title, let me know and I will send you to the publisher's web page. Thank you in advance for supporting my work! Enjoy!
December 9, 2014
This is my fourth and last image in the #treesinfourseasons challenge. Summer is a busy time for most of us. At this time of the year, the foliage of many trees is a kind of dull green color which tends to blend into the background. As humans, we generally look at trees as a whole and seldom look at the individual parts that make up the tree. One of these often overlooked parts is the bark which varies considerably from tree to tree and often times also within a particular tree species. Bark offers an important layer of protection for the tree. Seen from up close, bark can offer a myriad of photo opportunities. Beautiful detail is revealed simply by getting closer and paying more attention to what is around you. Summer is a good time to slow down. Shown here are two images of bark from the Sycamore tree, a deciduous species that can be found in southern Ontario.
I challenge John Marriott - friend, colleague and regular contributor to Outdoor Photography Magazine - to the #treesinfourseasons challenge.
Your challenge images must represent all four seasons, one from each season. With each entry please challenge one other person and use the hashtag #treesinfourseasons so everyone can search to find all the entries as the challenge progresses.