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I have been discovering even more creative outlets - I slide along veggies displayed on the street, and my camera is there - I take a picture - and then you have leeks in your face. These would look real good BIG.


I'm going to start showing you many of the street photos I take most days as I travel on my mobiity scooter.


Yesterday, I received an email from Dallas Jeffs, the editor of the blog of my website builder, Artist Run Website, telling me I was going to be the featured artist on the blog. When I saw it, I had to ask her to take it down. It was talking about images that I know are liked but are no longer on my site because theis close to my show and sale at Roedde House I want people to focus on my prairie shots.

 


I'm going to delete the galleries of recent work and just concentrate on the Prairie photos 'till after christmas.


I am in the process of arranging this year's show and sale at Roedde House and Museum. Jacynthe Beaudoin is going to play the Steinway again. I will have Martin Prairies Vol 1.1 available for $20. I also going to having polymer coasters and wall switch plates.available.

 

The date is Nov. 9, 4:30 to 9:30. Refreshments will be available. Please share this.


I haven't been able to do much on my website or getting my subscribers and MailChimp going because I've had a lot of health issues this summer.


I have added a lot of images so people in my building can see a variety to choose from to add prints to our lobby.




These pictures were shot while driving on country roads in the summer of 1981, stopping whenever something caught my eye. I had just graduated from Ryerson (now University, then Polytechnic) in Toronto with a degree in photography. Growing up in Alberta the lines, the forms of the prairies landscape, the light imprinted on my heart and mind my basic visual vocabulary

When I saw this old Gas pump in a small town I was passing through of course I had to take a picture, or several. I saw a man in overalls come to the doorway where he stood watching me. His face was in shadow and I didn’t know his attitude. Only   when I was scanning the negative did I realize he had a big smile on his face that warmed my heart looking at. I couldn’t remember  the name of the town where this was so I posted it on a Facebook group of Alberta photographers.

The town was Orion and I discovered that this building burned down on Christmas Day 2016. All the years of saving everything burned to the ground. The owner, the man in the doorway  is Boyd Steven third generation owner. I wondered to what had happened to him so I wrote a letter to the editor of the Medicine Hat newspaper. I got 6 replies. He still lives in Orion so I sent him a copy of the print he’s in

He sent a thank you letter handwritten in pen and the canceled stamp from Orion he probably stamped himself.



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