Newsletter #179: April, 2020
© Chris Harris. All rights reserved.
While isolating at home, I embarked on a photographic project that connected me with all my images of the past three years. What a valuable and memorable journey it has been.
I discovered several dozens of wonderful images which I obviously did not appreciate at first glance after making and downloading them. I also found many images that were poorly edited, so did not speak to the purpose of the image.
This whole experience of re-visiting and re-discovering these images of the past has provided me with a deep sense of appreciation; for how I have chosen to live my life, what I have accomplished as a photographer, and how I can contribute to helping others re-establish a connection with nature and live a more biophilic life.
Last summer, with family members, I went to the foothills of the Coast Mountains to observe the effects of climate change. With canoes strapped to our De Havilland Beaver floatplane, we flew to Jacobson Lake to paddle, explore, and photograph the glaciers and icebergs, which continue to melt at an alarming rate.
Arriving at Jacobson Lake where we would spend 10 days exploring and photographing
Here are a few images, which I overlooked immediately after that trip. It was a reminder; not to discard raw image files until we have spent a considerable time distancing ourselves emotionally from the images and our experience of capturing them.
Exploring the icebergs that are calving more frequently as the glaciers retreat
First light illuminates’ ice that is 1,000’s of years old
Expressions of ice as seen at dawn from my canoe, I
Expressions of ice as seen at dawn from my canoe, II
Expressions of ice as seen at dawn from my canoe, III
Expressions of ice as seen at dawn from my canoe, IV
Expressions of ice as seen at dawn from my canoe, V
Three water drops speak to the narrative of climate change and melting glaciers
Shadow and Light
Tone and Texture
Expressions of an iceberg, I
Expressions of an iceberg, II
Expressions of an iceberg, III
Behind our camp was this magnificent mountain peak which we called the Chief. It had a deep presence; we felt it looked after us. I photographed it daily in ever changing light. Impressionistic in style, this is the image that speaks to me more than any other. It’s an image of deep meaning to me.
Together We Are Seeking A New Sense of Balance
Presently, we are allowing the planet, and all forms of life on it, to breath more deeply
Covid-19 has broken our addiction to life as we knew it. Science is telling us that the noise level above and below ocean level is quieter now, that air and water pollution is being reduced, and that the rate of climate change is lessening. Birds, plants, and animals are reclaiming an ancient rhythm. We are allowing the planet, and all forms of life on it, to breath more deeply. I feel optimistic.
While looking through my images and reflecting back on so many wonderful experiences, I regained a deep appreciation for the small part of the planet I have photographed during the past 30 years. Along with my wife, family members, and close friends, I have experienced a vast diversity of landscapes.
To celebrate, I am sharing a few photographs made within the Cariboo Chilcotin grasslands ecosystem. This entire ecological community is a fraction of British Columbia’s Cariboo Chilcotin region, the most bio-diverse region in all Canada. I hope these images will inspire a universal appreciation for nature – provider of all that we have and want.
The sun rises over towering cliffs, exposed by the ever-carving erosion of
the Chilcotin River below
Ranch lands and grasslands reside side by side within a vast open landscape
The yellow hues of autumn seem magnified by warm morning light
Driving through the scent of big sagebrush, a rancher drives to town for supplies
Textured layers of firmness are exposed by the erosive power of the Fraser River
Light reveals treasures of grassland beauty known to few
In the quietness of grassland splendour, horses roam freely
As moisture carves its way from one grassland plateau to another, it provides
nourishment for a sage-textured landscape