Grain elevator book stands tall
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.
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“My personal definition of what I do is simply image capture and creation,” Ray Mackey explains, introducing this attractive, hard cover album. Inside are page after page of alluring photographs.
Colour photography debuted in 1861, and landscapes were a favourite subject from its earliest days. For one thing, they didn’t move — in its pioneering methods, exposure time could measure eight hours.
Some photographers also employed “pictorialism,” applying paint to black and white photos, for example Edward Steichen’s striking and influential “Moonlight: The Pond” (1904). In the early 20th century, landscape photography was largely an American genre, dominated by figures like Ansel Adams, an environmentalist and precedent-setting artist.
Lost Kootenays: A History in Pictures
Two friends with a passion for the Kootenay region have helped uncover some of the history of the area, giving it new life.
Eric Brighton and Greg Nesteroff run a Facebook page called Lost Kootenays, which represents the diverse history of the east and west Kootenays.
The success of the page has now spawned a book.
At the start of this year, we got a message from a publisher in Nova Scotia, MacIntyre Purcell, who asked if we were interested in turning it into a book. I guess one of the ways to come up with ideas for books is to search for Facebook sites, particularly historical ones with a lot of followers" said Nesteroff.
Open to the journey: Pulitzer Prize-winning Buffalo News cartoonist Adam Zyglis discusses new book, what’s next for career
by: Marlee Tuskes Posted: Nov 10, 2021 / 06:20 PM EST / Updated: Nov 11, 2021 / 09:46 AM EST
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Adam Zyglis said many little steps have led him to where he is today.
"Being open to whatever the journey is I think is important," Zyglis told News 4.
For almost two decades, the Western New York native has been sharing a piece of himself with The Buffalo News readers through his art.
Zyglis said he started drawing at a young age, and that his mother recalled how he would lay on the floor and draw for hours.
After graduating from Alden High School, Zyglis has a decision to make: whether to follow his passion, which was just a hobby at that point, or to study something practical. He chose both.