A Canadian photojournalist who travelled across the country last year capturing images of Canada is in Prince Albert this week promoting his new coffee table book.
Richard Erlendson is in Prince Albert today signing copies of his new book, Oh Canada! A Visual Celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary. The book is Erlendson’s tenth coffee table book of photos.
Erlendson will be at Safeway in Prince Albert from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today to promote the book, which features images from communities across the country. The book features more than 1,000 images of rodeos, parades, nature, animals, sports, and even last year’s wildfires.
Erlendson said the idea had been on his bucket list for years.
“I’m always looking for the wonder of the moment, or the wonder of the setting," Erlendson told paNOW. "I knew every day that I was privileged to have the time and expertise to do it."
Erlendson has been shooting photos since the 1970s. He grew up in Melville, Sask., but now lives in Calgary where he also teaches at Mount Royal University. Erlendson said he keeps busy shooting weddings, family and corporate events, and sports tournaments. The key to getting a great photo is to stick with it, he said, study the scene, and take various photos under different settings and angles.
“It’s amazing how the return trip is often more fruitful than the first visit,” Erlendson added. “That was the deciding factor in terms of whether a photo made the book or not, because I wasn’t wanting it to be just a collection of touristy pictures across Canada, but a collection of absolutely outstanding photographic images.”
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