Photographer Chris Attrell's new book features some great shots of the several hundred grain elevators that are still standing, St. Albert's included. MACINTYRE PURCELL/Supplied
You can't deny the sense of nostalgia many people feel for grain elevators. Once peppering the Prairies by the thousands, now many have been laid to waste by the ravages of time and neglect. Entire communities used to be built around them. The growth of our population depended on it. A grain elevator was a sign of prosperous times.
Ah, but the heyday was decades ago. These structures just aren't the focal points of the grain trade they used to be. Still, they evoke a certain wonder and pride for many.
For those reasons plus the appreciation of a fine art photograph well taken, the new book Grain Elevators: Beacons of the Prairies is a fine addition to anyone's coffee table collection. Photographer Chris Attrell explained he has had a lifelong fascination with these once majestic buildings ever since his youth.