Prairie Landscapes

I suspect that my concerns about “framing” likely grew out of having spent most of my youth in southern Saskatchewan where, no matter where you point a camera, there’s no way of avoiding the fact that there’s always so much more. I’ve always found it hard enough to wrap my imagination around “prairie”, let alone contain it within a single, camera image.

Which is why I started working with the panoramic format. It didn’t solve the problem but it did get me going in the right direction. The first images I made in this way were of urban environments but, inevitably, I eventually moved out of the city and attempted to apply the lessons learned from my “new topographics” experience to rural landscapes.

These are a few of the many photographs made in this way.

R.R. No. 6, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

52° 08’ 25.14” N 106° 16’ 53.43” W

April, 1979

R.R. No. 6, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

52° 08’ 25.28” N 106° 16’ 40.74” W

May, 1979

121 Jessop Avenue,

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

52° 07’ 45.06” N 106° 35’ 54.57” W

July, 1979

Patience Lake

R.R. 6, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

52° 08’ 36.36” N 106° 20’ 02.59” W

November 09, 1982

Lake Winnipeg

Whytewold, Manitoba

50° 27’ 08.11” N 96° 57’ 01.80” W

July 29, 2005. 12:52 pm.

R.R. No. 6, Saskatoon

52° 08’ 11.64” N 106° 16’ 48.65” W

May, 1979

Near Melaval, Saskatchewan

49° 41’ 10.03” N 106° 25’ 59.76” W

July 11, 1998. 3:31 – 3:37 pm.

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