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

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