It’s a sad day when old buildings fall. There is so much history in them… so many stories. With this particular barn, I have two stories to share.
My sister Elaine, our friend Laurie and I were pleased to have our Perspectives gallery show and sale at the Tiger Hills Arts Association gallery in Holland, Manitoba during the month of May, 2015. The building is a work of art in itself… full of character with its wood floor and framing and best of all, its intricate ceiling. In addition to housing different gallery shows each month, the space is home to a gift boutique… which means interesting things of all kinds for visitors to view and browse through.
I’ve always loved long walks (growing up in the country, I had the chance to wander a lot), but since growing into my love for photography, I enjoy them even more. Whether I’m by myself, walking with my dog, or wandering with a good friend or family member, it’s interesting to push myself to see differently. To see the wider scenes and the small details, to experiment with different camera lenses, to seek texture and colour, and sometimes… to never take the camera out of my bag.
Laurie McPherson, Karenia Niedzwiecki and Elaine O’Keeffe are three women who share common roots and a passion for visual imagery. Perspectives is a collection of fine art photography that reflects their unique view of their varied surroundings. The show and sale includes images ranging from locations in southwestern Manitoba and western Canada to as far away as Australia, Belgium, France, Italy and New Zealand.
As I head off for a week of warm Miami Beach weather, I’m taking a moment to appreciate our beautiful Manitoba winters. Yes, it’s ridiculously cold sometimes, but as we’ve seen this year, it can also be wonderfully warm (for winter). The varying temperatures and wind work to shape the snow… to bring us stunning hoarfrost and to wow us with layers of ice. Early morning or evening walks can be magical when big fluffy flakes are falling, and the air can be so very crisp and fresh. Yes, winter can be a trying season, but it also brings a quiet, chilly beauty that no other season can.
It was a chilly morning in October; so cold that steam was rising off the lake. Canadian geese floated amongst the mist, and colourful fall leaves created a beautiful contrast against the cool, cold water. It was a morning made for photographers, for wandering along the shore and for freezing fingers on camera buttons.
These four photos are now for sale on Crated. I hope that through these images, you feel the magic too.