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The drama of this landscape is in the
sky, pouring with light and always
moving. The earth is passive. And yet
the beauty I am struck by... is a fusion:
this sky would not be so spectacular
without this earth to change and glow
and darken under it. And whatever
the sky might do, however the earth
is shaken or darken, the Euclidean
perfection abides. The very scale, the
hugeness of simple forms, emphasizes
stability. It is not hills and mountains
which we should call eternal. Nature
abhors an elevation as much as it
abhors a vacuum; a hill is no sooner
elevated than the forces of erosion
begin tearing it down. These prairies
are quiescent, close to static; looked
at for any length of time, they begin to
impose their awful perfection on the
observer's mind.

I am fortunate to be able to see many
of my subjects at different times of day
at various times of year when travelling
the various routes to Manitoba's
89 provincial parks, giving me time
to study scenes and determine the
best angle of view, composition and
light conditions in which to shoot.
The round shape accentuates and is
accentuated by the play of sunlight
across the corrugated steel, in varying
states of wear and tear. I try to take
the photos form a low vantage point to
exaggerate the verticality of the silos,
or from slightly elevated to exaggerate
the open space. Of course, I can't
predict when I will pass a particular
site, and can't sit waiting for long when
I have meetings to get to, so a lot of
times the conditions are actually just
plain luck.

Despite this variety of perspectives and
light conditions, I often feel like I keep
taking the same photo, over and over
again. The silos, off centre, often pushed
as close to the edge of the page as I dare
to accentuate the land or the sky, sit
solidly and in defiance of the landscape
and the elements, much the way Stegner
describes them. The images invariably
become a minimalist elevation, consisting
of the horizon line, the square base (which
is a circle in plan) and the triangular roof
of the silo, with the occasional tree or
hydro pole thrown in, all of which serve to
emphasize the scale, power, colour and
light of the earth and sky. This scene, to
me, in the frequently flat terrain of the
prairies, perfectly captures the geometric
beauty of this agricultural landscape, over
and over again. Rurality, as I have come to
define it.
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TO BEGIN WITH | POUR COMMENCER
WRITERS | NOS RÉDACTEURS
PROLOGUE > FR_ EN_LP
ESSAY | ESSAI LA BEAUTÉ COMME EXPºÉRIENCE
THREE PILLAR CONCEPTS OF CHINESE LANDSCAPE AESTHETICS
LA BEAUTÉ D’UNE INFRASTRUCTURE VIVANTE
SOUS LES ÉTOILES
BEAUTIFUL BOKEH – ACTIVATING THE WINTER LANDSCAPE THROUGH COLOUR
METAMORPHOUS
UNE ÉTRANGE BEAUTÉ
CRITIQUE
I KEEP TAKING THE SAME PHOTO
THE PARTING SHOT | UNE DERNIÈRE SALVE
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - ESSAY | ESSAI LA BEAUTÉ COMME EXPºÉRIENCE
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - THREE PILLAR CONCEPTS OF CHINESE LANDSCAPE AESTHETICS
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - LA BEAUTÉ D’UNE INFRASTRUCTURE VIVANTE
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - SOUS LES ÉTOILES
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - BEAUTIFUL BOKEH – ACTIVATING THE WINTER LANDSCAPE THROUGH COLOUR
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - UNE ÉTRANGE BEAUTÉ
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - I KEEP TAKING THE SAME PHOTO
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