Fri - September 15, 2006

Paddling, Canoeing, Rowing and Sailing - Calendars for 2007

Rowing Calendar 2007 Joel Rogers

Wilderness Paddling Calendar 2007 Gary and Joannie McGuffin

Kayaking Calendar 2007

Canoeing Calendar 2007

Days are getting shorter, I photographed the first snow, the end of the year is getting closer, and the time to look for the 2007 calendars is coming.

For the last few years I used to buy wall calendars by R. C. Gorman, a great Navajo artist. I was ordering his calendars for myself and my mother in Poland who is a real admirer of Gorman's art. But Gorman died last year and I don't see his calendars any more. You can only order his unsigned posters ...

I am returning back to kayaking or other water sport related calendars. I have been a fan of Joel Rogers' photography since the first edition of his Hidden Coast in early nineties. Unfortunately, it looks like he does not have a sea kayaking calendar for the next year, but his rowing calendar may be spectacular.

I am also watching photography by Gary and Joannie McGuffin. Their book about Lake Superior introduced me to Verlen Kruger's boats. They offer 2007 Wilderness Paddling calendar.

I do not have any more detailed information about the kayaking and canoeing calendars displayed here. They may offer collection of pictures from different photographers. Judging from browsing calendars at there are fewer 2007 paddling related calendars than we could see in the past years. As usual you can find a great selection of sailing calendars.

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Sun - September 10, 2006

Northern Exposures: Photographing and Filming the Canadian North, 1920-45

Northern Exposures: Photographing and Filming the Canadian North, 1920-45, 2006 by Peter L. Geller.

I have learned about this book from the post YouTube's an Old Tube by Canadian Ckayaker. He confronts his attempts as a kayaker trying to shoot videos with a strugle of these early photographers and cinematographers. I have similar feelings. The front cover of the book shows an unknown Hudson Bay Company cinematographer filming in 1919 with a hand-cranked camera. What a contrast with my compact and waterproof Pentax Optio W10 !

Book description

To many, the North is a familiar but inaccessible place. Yet images of the region are within easy reach, in magazine racks, on our coffee tables, and on television, computer, and movie screens. In Northern Exposures, Peter Geller uncovers the history behind these popular conceptions of the Canadian North.

This book examines the photographic and film practice of the Canadian government, the Anglican Church of Canada, and the Hudson’s Bay Company, the three major colonial institutions involved in the arctic and sub-arctic. In the first half of the twentieth century, visual representations of the region were widely circulated in official publications and presented in film shows and lantern slide lectures.

Focusing on the work of prominent and prolific northern image-makers, including federal government special investigator Major Lachlan T. Burwash, first Bishop of the Arctic Archibald Lang Fleming, Beaver magazine editor and publicity expert Douglas McKay, and photographer-filmmaker-author Richard Finnie, this book engages in a contextual approach to "reading" images, analyzing the interrelated aspects of production, circulation, and reception. Geller reveals the varied ways in which taking and displaying pictures of northern people and places contributed to the extension of control over the northern reaches of the Canadian nation.

Northern Exposures contributes to understandings of twentieth-century visual culture and the relationship between photographic ways of seeing and the expansion of colonial power, while raising important questions about the role of visual representation in understanding the past. It will be of interest to those concerned with Canadian and cultural history, Northern and Aboriginal studies, film and communication, art history, anthropology, and visual culture.

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Tue - February 7, 2006

Paddlers' Guide for Treating Medical Emergencies

Paddler Medical Emergencies There is a new book just released in January 2006, Paddlers' Guide for Treating Medical Emergencies by Patrick Brighton (120 pages, Menasha Ridge Press). I believe it may be useful for every paddler. I haven't seen it yet, but I have ordered it from

Book description. From drowning to ear infections, the author covers everything a paddler needs to know to stay alive and well on the water. Emergency Medical Procedures for Paddlers is an indispensable resource whether out for a Class-I float or a whitewater journey.

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