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.
"*"Welcome to my first subscribers MartinPrairies.com. Bruce for being the first even though I didn't know if any of this was going to work. And Eric from Alberta who I haven' seen in years. And Gary who lives down the hall. I'm just being introduced to Mailchimp, a program that set up things like subscibe pages. So hopefully I will continue to learn - and if anybody out there has any advice for me, please offer it.
I recently wrote an artist statment to go with a submission of my work. It had to be very short and too the point something that I wasn't going to be able to do without my editor husband. I tried to say what I thought was what I I wanted but I t wasn't a collage esseay. At that point I just email to his computer and then I had exactly what I need for the gallery.
This is it
The images in my heart and mind of Alberta landscapes, where I grew up, were imprinted on me by the light, the sky and the undulating land. In my 20s I learned photography and developed an artistic vision, but I needed more skills. I enrolled at Ryerson in Toronto, and on graduating with a BAA in photography in 1981, got an Ontario Arts Council grant to finance a summer of shooting in southern Alberta. Before I could do much of anything with all the film I’d exposed and developed myself, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which has plagued me nearly 40 years.
At last, in my 60s, the MS has let me be for a few years, my mind is clear again and I have been working with Fidelis Art Prints to scan my negatives and produce prints, which I have been selling at art fairs and private functions. Some of the prints portray eternal landscapes, but many others show scenery and buildings that have disappeared in the last 40 years. I think they will appeal not only to people who share my love of Prairie landscapes, but also to those who see a classic stillness in my work that is not tied solely to time and place.
But then I discovered this in an old version
My Imagination has the prairie sky in it. A sky that is infinite, angry, luminous. In the winter time, when it is cold enough to be clear out, it will look black on B&W film. My imagination has undulating lines tracing the crops around land forms. Rivers that twist back and forth in bows. (google it). Hills that you can see in another country.
My imagination acknowledges the presence of human beings on and under this land.