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Images on display to mark the World Photography Day

Posted by on 19. August 2015 in Blog / Journal, News & Events | Comments Off on Images on display to mark the World Photography Day

Images on display to mark the World Photography Day

Did you know that the World Photography Day is observed around the world on August 19th? It is a day to celebrate the art of photography, whether you are a casual or a full-time professional photographer. Photography has changed the way we see the world around us. It has allowed us to connect and learn about lives and interests of fellow human beings. It allowed us to share our stories, places we have explored and memories of loved ones. In the era of digital photography, this ability to share became ubiquitous – millions of images are posted on “sharing” sites at speeds not possible just a short time ago. Don’t be shy. Grab the camera, snap a few pictures and share the beauty. The World Photography Day was first celebrated in 2009. August 19th was chosen to mark the day in distant 1839, when the French government announced the invention a rather practical gift to the world: the Daguerreotype photographic processes, developed by Joseph Nicephore Niepce and Louis Daguerre. The French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift “free to the world”.     Select London Drugs stores throughout Western Canada will mark the World Photo Day with photography workshops and display of work by local artists. Good folks at the LD photo lab invited me to prepare several images to be printed and displayed at the 8th Street location in Saskatoon. I am honoured that they picked my work to mark this festive occasion. If you have time (and you live in or near Saskatoon), drop by the London Drugs store located at 2323 8th Street East. Walk around and look for 24 x 36 inch prints hanging from the ceiling. You can also enjoy viewing a small selection of landscape images from around Saskatchewan on a massive 75-inch TV screen. The display will be active until Saturday, August 22nd. And while you are at the store, check out the manager’s special – last time I visited they had (my favourite) Lindt chocolates on sale.  ...

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Jane’s Walk – photo walk in downtown Saskatoon

Posted by on 1. May 2015 in Blog / Journal, News & Events | Comments Off on Jane’s Walk – photo walk in downtown Saskatoon

Jane’s Walk – photo walk in downtown Saskatoon

I have been invited to lead a photography walk in downtown Saskatoon as part of the 2015 Jane’s Walk festival. The Saskatoon festival will start on Friday May 1st in the evening and end on Sunday, May 3rd. There will be 16 guided walks this year. The photo walk that I led last year was a great success. On a rather cold and windy morning, a group of brave souls joined me for a walk along the Meewasin Trail. This year I will lead a group to explore the familiar downtown scene with fresh eyes, snap a few pictures and exercise our creative side. The idea is to slow down, look beyond the obvious and make a more personal connection with our city. We will look for reflections, patterns and shapes in facades of downtown buildings and aim our lenses at overlooked architectural details. There are many photography gems hidden in back alleys, waiting to be discovered. Time: Sunday, May 3, 2015 (3:00 to 4:00 p.m.) Place: we will meet at the bandstand (gazebo) at Kiwanis Memorial Park south of Delta Bessborough hotel     I will lead the group along the river past the Friendship Park and spend some time photographing in the River Landing area. After that, we will head north along the 2nd Avenue S, turn east on 21st Street E and return to the starting point via Delta Bessborough hotel. Although we will be walking on a paved surface, please bring shoes with adequate ankle support and non-slip soles. And remember to watch both ways before we walk across busy roads. Bring a camera with a (preferably telephoto) zoom lens. Free parking on Sunday is available along Spadina Crescent E and 20th Street E. Our meeting point is only a few blocks from the main public bus terminal. City of Saskatoon bus route and schedule information is available at www.transit.saskatoon.ca     Jane’s Walk is a global movement of neighbour-led walking tours inspired by urbanist Jane Jacobs. The idea behind Jane’s Walk is quite simple: encourage people to walk, talk to their neighbours and build a community based on diversity. Full schedule for 2015 Jane’s Walk in Saskatoon is listed at www.janeswalk.org/canada/saskatoon (direct link to the photo walk) You can read more about the festival program in this Star Phoenix article by Paul Hanley Yes, there is even an app for Jane’s Walk. You can get a direct access to event details on your phone by downloading a free app Eventbase and search for “Jane’s Walk Saskatoon”...

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Saskatchewan landscapes – an illustrated talk

Posted by on 23. April 2015 in Blog / Journal, News & Events | Comments Off on Saskatchewan landscapes – an illustrated talk

Saskatchewan landscapes – an illustrated talk

Just a reminder that on Friday, April 24, 2015 I will present an illustrated talk Saskatchewan Landscapes at the Frances Morrison Central Library (311 – 23rd St East, Saskatoon). The show starts at 2 p.m, and admission is free. Drawing from over 15 years of exploring the wilds of Saskatchewan, I will share images from my favourite places in the province. If you are passionate about Saskatchewan landscapes, join us for a journey of discovery and inspiration.     In the eyes of many Canadians, Saskatchewan landscapes are no more than endless fields of wheat and barley. In reality, our province is blessed with an immense diversity of landscapes, ranging from sand dunes, rugged badlands, dry grass prairie, to emense boreal forests of the Canadian Shield.     During the first part of the presentation, I will take the audience on a virtual journey around the province; from Cypress Hills and Grasslands National Park in the south, to Prince Albert National Park and Churchill River in the north.     After a few short audio-visual clips, I will talk about my sources of inspiration and what drives me to devote a large part of my life to explore and capture the beauty of natural environments. I have spent may years photographing “birds and the bees”. Recently, I have put more effort in documenting lives of people who live and work on the prairies.  ...

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Spring equinox, 2015 solar eclipse and supermoon

Posted by on 20. March 2015 in Blog / Journal, News & Events | Comments Off on Spring equinox, 2015 solar eclipse and supermoon

Spring equinox, 2015 solar eclipse and supermoon

Happy first day of (astronomical) spring. On Friday, March 20th spring will officially arrive on the prairies at 4:45 p.m. CST. When I woke up this morning, the ground was covered with a thin layer of fresh snow. Not exactly a spring-like weather.     Let’s then celebrate the vernal equinox, one of only two days of the year when all places on Earth (outside of the polar regions) see the sun rise at due east and set at due west along the horizon. Remember that when you set up your camera to capture the sunrise or sunset this week. The sun appears directly overhead at Earth’s equator and all latitudes get approximately equal amount of daylight and darkness. Actually, the sun has been up for more than 12 hours over the last three days. What’s up with that? Sunrise is defined as the first appearance of sun’s circle above the horizon, and sunset as the last moment we see the sun’s circle before it falls below the horizon. Thanks to atmospheric refraction,  an optical phenomenon that causes light from the sun to bend while passing through the Earth atmosphere, the sun circle appears slightly higher on the horizon that it is in reality. Together, these factors add a few extra minutes of daylight to the equinox.     An even more interesting astronomical event occurred this morning – a total solar eclipse. Unfortunately, the eclipse was not visible from North America. The best places to see it was in North Atlantic, south of Iceland, Faroe Islands and Swalbard, a remote archipelago in northern Norway.   Here is an animated gif showing from where the partial and total solar eclipse could be seen. The small black spot that passes within the elliptical shadow (area where you can see a partial eclipse) is the best area to see the total eclipse. Animation source: NASA Solar Eclipse web site. We will have to wait 19 years, until March 20, 2034, to get solar eclipse and spring (vernal) equinox on the same day. To add to the excitement, the moon on Thursday evening was a “supermoon”. This is a point when the moon reached lunar perigee, its orbit’s at closest distance to Earth.  The moon was in a new phase and not visible. If the moon were visible last night, it would appear slightly larger in the sky. Think positive. The spring equinox marks the half-way point between the dark days of winter and the long, sunny days of summer. Over the next few weeks we will experience the most dramatic gain in the length of daylight hours....

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Stegner House Dinner and Art Exhibit

Posted by on 27. February 2015 in Blog / Journal, News & Events | Comments Off on Stegner House Dinner and Art Exhibit

Stegner House Dinner and Art Exhibit

If you happen to be near Eastend, Saskatchewan on Saturday, February 28th, do not miss the 28th Annual Stegner House Dinner and Art Exhibit. This event is a fundraiser put together every year by the Eastend Arts Council in efforts to to keep the Stegner House Artist Residency up and going. The Stegner House residency program is available to writers, visual and performing artists from around the world. Follow the link if you are interested in spending some time in Eastend to explore and photograph this unique part of the Canadian Prairies. The 2015 residency schedule is completely booked up, so do not delay with your application for 2016.     One of my large canvas prints will be on display and sale during the fundraising dinner. This canvas was part of the Visions of Eastend Travelling Exhibition that toured around Saskatchewan and Alberta over the last few months. Image of the sunset over rolling prairie hills was captured at the Old Man on His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation Area, the Nature Conservancy of Canada property near Claydon. OMB is about 45 km south-west of Eastend. This shot of canvas on display is by Saskatchewan artist Petrea Jensen. Trea put an incredible amount of work in organizing the traveling exhibit and I would like to express my gratitude for all of her efforts and dedication.     Bring the wallet with you  – this will be a perfect opportunity to support a good cause and take home a great art piece (in my not-so-humble opinion). And if you decide not to purchase any of the art pieces on display, you will have a chance to win a copy of the Great Sand Hills book as a door prize. The dinner will take place at the Eastend Memorial Hall, 135 Oak Street N. Cocktails start at 5:30 p.m. Main dinner is at 6:30 p.m., followed by the performance by singer & songwriter Catherine Lewans. Check out this cool video of her singing Amazing Grace inside an empty grain bin. I newer new that graineries could have stunning acoustic properties. Well, having a singer with great voice helps too. Guest artists, Saskatchewan poets Doris Bircham and Anne Slade will read some of their works. Doris is a wonderful lady who lives on a ranch just east of Maple Creek. I was fortunate to be able to contribute to Doris’ book of poetry Where Blue Grama Grows. My image of a prairie landscape in Cypress Hills close to her home graces the book cover. I also took the artist’s portrait.     Hope you can make it to the Stegner House Dinner and Art Exhibit. It will be a great evening....

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