Project Mentorship: Bragging Wall Part II

Last week we posted Lynn Schwehr’s project about ‘seeing’ the incredible diversity and beauty of flowers. Today we want to share Erin La Place’s project from the 7/365: The Mentored Photo Project eCourse. We are excited to introduce Erin’s work in part because she engages with subject matter close to our own hearts – the prairie.

©Erin LaPlace

©Erin LaPlace

Erin works at a fulfilling but demanding job in health care in a busy city. Calling herself a prairie girl at heart, Erin heads out, camera in hand, to Alberta’s backroads and secondary highways whenever the strains of work pile up. We guided Erin to take on a challenging project theme: develop a visual narrative that brings the viewer along on her journey from stressed to discovery, healing and transformation. Here is how Erin described her project:

My project is about how I, this big city girl, when overwhelmed by the stressors of life, retreat to the Prairies to calm my senses and soothe my soul. This series of images will reflect my personal journey towards peace and healing, as I travel the roads less traveled in South and Central Alberta.

It was a pleasure to review Erin’s images which were all well-composed. Not a pokie, merger or black hole in sight! Because of Erin’s superior composition skills, she was able to successfully tackle an advanced project theme that was refreshingly original and unique. It takes bravery to put deeply personal work out there, and we salute Erin for doing so. So, here is a tightly curated series illustrating Erin’s journey. A stressed out city girl finds comfort, peace and discovery through visual meditation on the prairies, allowing her to return home transformed and healed.

©Erin LaPlace

©Erin LaPlace

©Erin LaPlace

©Erin LaPlace

©Erin LaPlace

©Erin LaPlace

©Erin LaPlace

©Erin LaPlace

©Erin LaPlace

©Erin LaPlace

©Erin LaPlace

©Erin LaPlace

©Erin LaPlace

©Erin LaPlace

©Erin LaPlace

©Erin LaPlace

©Erin LaPlace

©Erin LaPlace

©Erin LaPlace

©Erin LaPlace

About the Author

Photographing the incredible beauty of natural things, filming quirky videos, trying new foods with unpronounceable names, curling up with a good book, sharing ideas on how to live lighter on the Earth...these are a few of my favourite things!

15 Comments

  1. Joanne Bradley
    August 8, 2016

    Gorgeous collection!

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    • Erin
      August 23, 2016

      Thanks so much, Joanne

  2. Sam
    August 8, 2016

    Beautiful and moving.

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    • Erin
      August 23, 2016

      Thank you, Sam. I’m so touched that my images impacted you.

  3. Lynn smith
    August 8, 2016

    Each photo provokes emotion. Great work!!

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    • Erin
      August 23, 2016

      Thanks Lynn for your kind words. I’m so pleased that my images connected with your emotions.

  4. Janet Barclay
    August 8, 2016

    Beautiful work!

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    • Erin
      August 23, 2016

      Thank you so much, Janet; I’m grateful that you liked my project results.

  5. Karrie
    August 9, 2016

    Great images…perfectly timed to get the canola in bloom…nothing like Alberta prairies.

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    • Erin
      August 23, 2016

      Thanks so much, Karrie. I agree, our prairies are so beautiful, especially when the canola is blooming!

  6. Bob Melnyk
    August 9, 2016

    Very nice work.. sets the bar higher for me to try and catch up.

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    • Erin
      August 23, 2016

      Awe, thanks Bob for such a nice compliment. It’s always great to have some come of challenge to push ourselves to the next level, isn’t it?!

  7. Supuneet Bismil
    August 11, 2016

    These images are absolutely ‘WOW’! Great work Erin!

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    • Erin
      August 23, 2016

      What a wonderful compliment, Supuneet; thank you so much!!

  8. Lisa Redburn
    September 3, 2016

    These are fabulous images! You capture the vastness of the prairie in a tender and intimate way.

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