This month the Frame-It Store in Red Deer, who always have a few of my prints on their waill (thanks!), are hosting a Red Theme. A number of artists submitted artwork that contained red as a dominant or as a surprise element in their artwork. Here are the ones that I supplied, it is outside of my  usual style but was very enjoyable to put together for the exhibition:

















The bicycle is an outdoor prop at a fruit stand in Sicamous. The boat is tied to the dock at Tofino, BC. And the doorway is from Nakusp, BC, where there are many quaint old homes and community buildings.

Some storms careen so quickly over the countryside that I have trouble getting a worthwhile shot. I just barely caught this one before it vanished over the horizon toward Stettler. It took me so long to catch up that the day was well spent, and so the colors became quite reddish and muted. I think it worked out well because fortunately there was still enough light for me to take the shot.

Image #165455

I am digging out this photograph of the Wimborne elevators back in the '90s. They are not there now. I was just out and about with my camera, getting used to photographing the prairie landscape.



At the same time I rediscovered a really old film photograph of a dark storm over a harvested canola field. While not a really high quality image, it appears I can print it at the normal 15"x48" (framed) size, which should be just fine. This print really does have dark undertones, it was taken after dusk with a timed exposure.

Dark Storm

Looking through old negatives, I found one of the elevators at Trochu. 

Scan 140708 0024

To create a fine-art photograph, the key is to have a quality of light throughout which unifies the whole image. Alfred Stieglitz, the father of fine-art photography, was doing this already at the beginning of the 20th century. We need to see more craftmanship like that today.
Here is an image that may illustrate what I mean. The diffuse light coming from the overcast sky this particular day had a warm quality, yet not altogether inviting. This gave the abandoned home a sense of having been lived in, yet deserted and alone. Light means everything when composing an image, and to ignore it is to ignore the ground root of all photographic imagery.

Image 2582 - from "The Trip to Trochu" series