Travelling to Jasper

“The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.”— Elliott Erwitt

Since March we’ve been travelling quite a bit and I certainly have been neglecting my blog in a sense preferring the immediate ease and feedback of posting images to my Instagram account (@dyannewilson). I also subscribe to Elliott Erwitt’s idea that the whole point of taking photographs is not to have to explain everything. 

Most recently we have returned from a week long trek to Edmonton and Jasper.  The purpose of our trip to Edmonton was to have some car maintenance done which can’t be done where we live in Yellowknife.  Also my Epson 3800 printer needed some repair.  It is a two day drive to Edmonton, which is the nearest major city where these kinds of services can be had.  Since it is hardly worth driving two days just to get car and printer repairs done, and we had a bit of time before Eddie had to get back to work, and with Jasper being just another four hours drive away, we decided to go to Jasper for a mini three day holiday.  I love being in Jasper.  I love the mountains and the cool crisp air.  I love how majestic they are and I contemplate how long they have been there.  I imagined that my mother and father had visited the same place nearly 60 years ago and that now they were gone.  It reminded me of how short our time is on this planet and to reflect on what is important.  I think I could easily just spend a week there by myself with my camera and a notebook.  

I finished reading David Duchemin’s latest book: The Soul of the Camera where he argues that while the tools matter of course, it is only by reflecting our authentic selves and by having something to say can we make work that moves people.  And before you can move others you must make photos that are important to you.  He reminds us that life is not about photography but that photography is about life.  

So then here are the photographs from our recent trip to Jasper and what I deem important.  I hope you enjoy them. 

Originally published June 29, 2017

2017 in Pictures: June-December

Seeing is not enough. You have to feel what you photograph. - Andre Kertesz 

Following our trip to Ottawa we decided that it would be a good time to visit the Rockies one more time as they were only a two-day drive away or 22 hours if you drive straight through which is what we did on the return.  

Contrary to the short winter days, summer days are quite long with the sun setting at 11:45 pm around the summer solstice and rising again around 3:15 am.   The summer can be quite pleasant albeit with a few more bugs then you would find down south. The swimming season seemed to start near the end of June and Saydee and I would find ourselves trying out some Paddleboarding on Back Bay. 

There are also many good festivals to participate in such as the Biannual Fly-In, Folk on the Rock, Canada Day festivities and the Old Town Ramble and Ride. There was also the weekly farmers-market on Tuesdays.  

Against my better judgement, I asked Fujifilm Canada if I could try out their new medium format camera: the GFX50s which sports a 50mb mammoth sized sensor.  I say it was against my better judgement because I thought I might like it too much and given that the camera costs over $8,000 Canadian, that might be a problem.  Oh well it would be something to worry about later.  For our last six weeks in the North and for the beginning of Aurora season I was able, thanks to Fujifilm Canada, really give it a good test run.  I would begin my People of the North project, use it for a Dene wedding and obviously shoot the Aurora which starts up again in the middle of August. Needless to say I was extremely impressed with the quality of the images.  

Finally it was time to begin our journey home to Ottawa.  We left Yellowknife on October 6th and drove for 10 days via High Level, Edmonton, Banff, Moose Jaw, East Braintree, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie and Ottawa.   We arrived in Ottawa on October 16th after covering approximately 5800 kilometres.  We have such an incredibly large and beautiful country and we have much reason to celebrate.  And people from all over the world, particularly the Asian countries are flocking to Yellowknife for it is the best place in the world to see the Aurora.  Just saying.

I guess to summarize, photography for me is personal.  It is how I best express my inner self.  I am not doing it to try to impress anyone or for the glamorous lifestyle :)  Certainly I appreciate that others seem to enjoy my photographs but it is not my raison d’etre. It is to discover and remember that which is important to me: beauty of our land, legacy and home. 

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