17 August

Audra Shields Compares and Contrasts – 7/365 Mentorship

Photographer Audra Shields completed our 7/365-The Mentored Photo Project course this summer. Not content with just extra homework during the summer, Audra’s project also involved a challenging theme that encouraged viewers to dig beneath the surface of the presented image. Entitled Juxtapose, Audra invited a comparison between buildings in the neighbouring streets and roads of her home in Ohio. Here is her project theme in her own words:

Juxtapose: To create an image collection of contrasting buildings displayed in pairs, provoking viewer curiosity to consider circumstance, history and inhabitants.

Wander through Audra’s world and wonder about the stories of the people who live and work in these places. Visit her website to learn more about Audra’s commercial and fine art photography!

Interested in an intensive mentorship like Audra’s? There’s only 1 spot left in November’s 7/365 – The Mentored Photo Project.

©Audra Shields

©Audra Shields

©Audra Shields

©Audra Shields

©Audra Shields

©Audra Shields

©Audra Shields

 

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22 March

New eBook on the Kootenay Plains and New Tour

Darwin and I are pleased to announce our second eBook on the Kootenay Plains region: Kootenay Plains Spring, Summer and Fall Edition. We’re continuing in the ‘special places’ tradition started with the first eBook on this region so you’ll find lots of cultural and ecological notes on the importance of the area alongside pages crammed with info on great spots to take pictures. This is a varied and gorgeous place that is off the beaten path of the federal parks, so be sure to grab the guide and visit the area if your photographic wanderings take you up to this neck of the woods. This guide is lavishly illustrated so, even if you can’t make it to the area, you can be an ‘armchair traveler’ for ten bucks!

Cover of Kootenay Plains eBook

There's great stuff inside!

In other news, you may have noticed that we’ve sneaked another tour into our roster. On July 5-8, 2012, Darwin and I are leading a photo tour of the Nordegg mine, the Brazeau Collieries. This fascinating industrial complex is largely intact (if not operational) and offers intriguing glimpses into the past workings of a coal mine. From wide angle building views to the most detailed study of a rusty hinge, this place has something to please every shooter. We’ll spend a day and a half here with exclusive access. Plus, we’ll also visit some natural highlights of the Bighorn Wildland and Kootenay Plains. With only 8 max registrants, and the only photo tour we offer to this incredible region in the summer months, this tour is a great opportunity! Like always, we’re based out of cozy Aurum Lodge where we recharge our super-photo-powers by tucking into Madeleine’s fine, home-cooked meals. To learn more, see our write-up here and to register contact Aurum Lodge.

Here are some old film pictures of the mine.

Coal Shuttle, Brazeau Collieries, Nordegg, Alberta Canada

© Samantha Chrysanthou

Old door, Brazeau Collieries, Nordegg, Alberta, Canada

© Samantha Chrysanthou

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