The March Newsletter comprises of two main themes; a new Exhibition to further explore the remote Chilcotin Ark, an extraordinary place of immense power, and a local walk amongst the trees of Walker Valley. These two stories, spoken in the styles of realism and expressionism, point to the value of increasing our photographic vocabulary in order to better express ourselves.
The Chilcotin Ark III: the Itcha Volcano Exhibit
I don’t have the vocabulary to describe the emotional resonance I experienced while exploring the Itcha volcano; it was the most energetic landscape, the one where I experienced my most powerful photographic experience. For several days, the art of planet Earth and my response to it had me on my knees fighting back tears.
Occasionally I take my camera and dog for a walk in Walker Valley; it’s only a 5-minute drive from my home. The valley is a typical grassland; home to small lakes, marshlands, flowering shrubs, and a scattering of aspen and fir trees; a wonderfully diverse area to walk.
As I enter the valley with my camera, I pretend it is unknown to me; the goal of art is to explore the unknown.
Recently, I have been captivated by how the broken brush strokes of Tom Thompson and the Group of Seven have rendered trees of the Canadian landscape. They have inspired me to express traditional tree forms in new ways.
Every tree or group of trees speak a different language. By imagining my camera to be a paint brush, I approach these trees and spontaneously begin conversations.
Trees of Walker Valley I
Trees of Walker Valley II
Trees of Walker Valley III
Trees of Walker Valley IV
Trees of Walker Valley V
Trees of Walker Valley VI
Trees of Walker Valley VII
Trees of Walker Valley VIII
Trees of Walker Valley IX
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18 Replies to “Chris Harris Photographic Newsletter #190, March, 2021”
Green Lake, Greetings, Chris: Your Art engrained into the Trees of Walker Valley is akin to poetry to the soul! Thank you, Chris for sharing this amazing dance with nature… yours from the Cariboo Confines, Lorrie Fleming – A Seasoned Traveler
Great to hear from you! You know doubt know all those trees; friends of yours I’m sure.
Hi Chris, trying to watch the Itcha volcanic exhibit but keeps page from opening.
Hi Arlene. Hit the square icon on the bottom right to make it full screen and it should work. Mine works and I have heard from several folks who have read it all as well. Good luck!
Spellbinding Chris. Thanks for sharing your poetry and artistry once again. You continue to inspire!
Hope you are doing well beside the lake. There are so many people we never see anymore due to Covid. Hopefully we connect one day. Take care Sage.
Thank you Chris for taking us on this fantastic journey through Itcha Volcano landscape – visually and spiritually. I’m also just reading Peter Wohlleben’s “The Hidden Life of Trees” and I’m seeing your trees in a whole new perspective.
You have to love trees! I can’t wait to go back and visit them in the Walker Valley after the snow melts. It will be a chatter of birds!
Take care Fred.
Witnessing your courageous and authentic connection to the seeing/feeling of the energy of the earth and how everything is strung together in the same “vibe” through your camera, is such a delight and inspiration!!!
As someone who really knows all about energy, I thank you.
Chris, these trees are so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your vision.
I love trees!! I feel their vibration from Mother Earth in the way you capture their joy with the dance of colours.
Thank you. Be well. 💖
As always, thanks so much Adbhuta. Hoping you are well and enjoying life.
Hi Chris. Lovely photos. Will show you some of mine soon when you get to Callan if I can figure out how to work my camera- ha ha. Take care – Michael O’Dwyer
Can’t wait to see your pictures Michael! Are they about cows??? Hoping all is well. See you in Ireland one day soon…I hope!
Hi Chris. The variation of landscape in the Itcha Volcano exhibit is truly staggering. Absolutely stunning and very moving photos. Trees in the Walker Valley are also extremely impressive. – Jane
Thanks Jane. So glad you appreciated the diversity; it is truly amazing.