A great wedding with a great couple Leah and Neil in August
Had some fun this one in March:
July 2012 – Some Favourite Images from the Centennial Calgary Stampede.
June 10, 2012
Some fun with the dogs at the 2012 Calgary Humane Society Dog Jog.
I was lucky enough to spend a few days this winter shooting in Fort Chipewyan in Northern Alberta to document the town and life there for a project organized by the Banff Centre’s Aboriginal Leadership and Management program. I had only ever been to Fort Chip in the summer and that was by canoe. The town sits at a stunning location on the northern shores of Lake Athabasca. The only way to reach the town for over half the year is by water or air. But several months every winter the town can be reached by several hundred kilometres of rugged winter road, and the town scrambles to stock up on everything from fuel to food.
A large cairn overlooking the town and Lake Athabasca honours the early explorers and fur traders who established the first trading post at the spot.
Religion and the fur trade defined Fort Chip’s early years and those legacies remain, the oldest buildings in town are its churches and despite the influence of the economic powerhouse of Fort McMurray some in Fort Chip like Robert Grandjambe still make a living off of the land. I had stopped to photograph Grandjambe’s father who runs a dog sled tour company when he asked me if I would like to see his son skin a wolf. Grandjambe had shot two while tending to his trap line 80 km and a 5 hour snowmobile ride outside of town.
It was fun to photograph long-time Fort Chipewyan resident Margorie Glanfield. She remembered the red canoes from St. John’s School of Alberta that used to arrive late every spring en route to Yellowknife. I was one of those paddlers and after living on hard tack and dried food for 10 days I still vividly remember the thrill of the Hudson’s Bay Company store and its chocolate bars and especially the feast that St. Paul’s Anglican church, where Glanfield is now a canon, would put out for us.
I was also very lucky to go to a community round dance while in Fort Chipewyan. It was a chance for the members of the Mikisew Cree First Nation to reconnect with each other and their cultural roots.
March 17, 2012
I often find myself transiting through downtown Calgary between assignments usually on foot, I am always impressed by the Calgary’s stunning architecture both the classic and the modern, these are a few photos shot this past month