He has photographed the landscape for many years, exhibiting in various galleries in his home town of Chilliwack in 1978 and onward. While indeed successful there, a move to the prairies in 1989 brought a complete shift in perspective. While he had begun his career using all of the accepted formats, now the very wide Alberta skies and the sprawling landscape began inducing him to go on a completely different tack. Instead of west coast imagery, his specialty in the last 20 years has simply become the Alberta panoramic landscape. Anybody who lives in this province knows that drama in nature is not lacking; what more fascinating subject could there be than Canada's wheatfields and grasslands bravely thriving underneath the fiercely changing skies above. What can capture the imagination more than untold histories hidden in old farms and equipment so elegantly preserved?
So, noting that almost every other landscape photographer sticks to lakes, mountains and sunsets as subjects, Gordon took up a different challenge. He became dedicated instead to capturing the prairies, to understand fully the spirit of the land and to pass the things he found on to viewers of his work. Truly, a Canadian photographer.
Gordon lived in Three Hills, AB, for awhile but is now firmly rooted in Red Deer; many of his images are taken from the surrounding territory. His workshop gallery is open for visits for those who would like to see the images firsthand.
My images are of very high resolution so that they can be enlarged to almost any size for any location! Three feet long, ten feet long, canvas or metal, it doesn't matter.
In order to make these very large specialty images I have important partners in both Calgary and Edmonton.
In Calgary we have Calgary Custom Photo Services, highly skilled tech wizards who are able to perfectly reproduce my work in any size. Fast because they are efficient, at the same time they will spend all night working on one of my enlargement if they have to, to make it absolutely right. Can't beat that. If you need a mounted print but no frame, they will have your order ready for pickup when you need it, I fully trust them.
Calgary Custom Photo Services will also be licensed to print and sell selected images from the catalog, as soon as we work out the details.
In Edmonton we have Vestate, who also will mount onto any format including metal. They have frame types on display as well. They are new to my world but my discussions with them have proven both promising and exciting regarding the future.
If you are anywhere near the Lacombe area I can point you to a great examples of very large canvas and photographic prints in a business boardroom environment.
Why I don't like to name places, at least not precisely.
Sometimes while standing before some twisted rubble, perhaps some old workshed falling down into its own foundation, I feel I can dimly hear something of the bustle of activity that used to be. One just needs to be still for a moment, kneeling, listening, to be able to hear a Cockshutt motor starting up, or a hammer on nails, for the sounds seem to be embedded into the very fabric of these old structures of wood and stone. I remember well the first time I ever came out to these wonderful prairies, standing in the broken shell of an old wood corral, the wind whistling lightly through grass and fence. Sure, I could hear in the air, and rumbling in the very dirt, the pounding of cattle hooves. I froze, of course, caught in some kind of a flashback that I could not have possibly experienced. I looked at my surroundings, realizing then for the first time that the prairies have a spirit, something which never really dies, or if it does it takes a long time in doing so.
Names? No, I don't like too much to name the places where my pictures have found their inspiration and source. Though if someone asks and really wants to know, I will say. There are some times, after all, when the name takes away from the sense. For the most part, I like to say these are simply 'the prairies'; the sky and grass and the plains have no names. When you ponder my pictures of dust and storm, wood and remnants of wood, windmills, sheds and flowing plain, seeing the spirit that lies there in the ground and grass, if being still for the merest moment before these images of mine you sense the spirit too ... then I have accomplished my purpose.
And art cards: I use the highly acclaimed Red River luster art card paper. Those will be added to the store as well, but for now look for them at my various public exhibitions. Prices yet to be determined.
For 2020 I am taking requests for low aerial photography of farms and other types of properties, using a drone. The camera used will be the same quality as I am currently using, and the style will be the same panorama style as you see on the website. Introductory flat rate of $500 plus travel gives you a large framed panorama print up to 48".
For the foyer - the best first impression to visitors
Gordon's prints make a perfect addition to any Alberta business, especially those dealing in sensitive areas such as the environment. There is a such a strong emphasis on the purity of nature and the grandeur of the prairie sky in this artwork that it cannot help but complement the environmental goals of any corporation or large business.
What Gordon would like to see happen is to be able to bring his prints to you, either a select handful or a full-on standing display. Make the contact today and see where it will lead!
For the office
Experience the outdoors on your wall. Rustic framed prints for purchase or rent.
For awards and gifts
The perfect award for those who have earned recognition. Plaques available too.
Gordon Hiebert, one of Canada's premiere landscape photographers, and one of very very few in the world who specialize in the panorama alone.
Cell Phone 403-877-1556
Located in the Pines in Red Deer, AB. Visit his workshop/gallery by prior arrangement.