Buttertown Church – Revisited

St Louis Mission - Buttertown, Alberta 1
St Louis Mission – Buttertown, Alberta 1
St Louis Mission - Buttertown, Alberta 2
St Louis Mission – Buttertown, Alberta 2

We are well into spring and time has been moving quickly as we move, speeding on, toward June and summer. Two weeks have already passed since I took in a photography workshop with Dave Brosha, a photographer from Yellowknife, NWT. What was extraordinary is that Dave had made the return journey to Fort Vermilion, Alberta, his childhood home to offer a workshop on portraiture and landscape photography. The day before the workshop, at the end of a longer workday I got out to Buttertown’s St. Louis Catholic Mission and photographed the Church that is more than one hundred years old. Two days later, during the landscape portion of the workshop I was able to take Dave and our photography group out to this same site. Dave recalled that his father, a former teacher with the Fort Vermilion School Division, had taken Dave to this same site as a child – a memory from childhood. Dave’s father passed away this year.

Listening to: Jose Gonzales’ ‘Stay Alive,’ David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ (featuring Kristen Wiig) and Rogue Valley’s ‘The Wolves and Ravens’ – all music from the ‘Mitty’ soundtrack, a movie that all photographers should check out.

Quote to Inspire – “In addition to romanticism (extreme or not) about the past, photography offers instant romanticism about the present. In America, the photographer is thus not simply the person who records the past but one who invents it.” – Susan Sontag, ‘On Photography’

2 Comments on “Buttertown Church – Revisited

  1. I Really like the Silver Birch lining up in both these pictures, giving vertical lines like track treads leading into the picture. Reminiscent of Klimts forest paintings.


    • Hey there, Jim:

      Thank you for that Jim … I have had a look at Klimt’s forest paintings and enjoy his use of colour (I hadn’t known of them – 🙂 ); twenty years ago, one of our Bachelor Fine Arts instructors was big into Klimt. The walls of her classroom displayed one or two Klimt prints. We also had Alex Janvier in to the school that year – he’s someone to check out; there’s some derivation from the Group of Seven in his work.

      Take care … 😉

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