Ryan Bavin Photography Show - Pynelogs 2017
I thought I'd do a blog post about my latest show of photography that is up at Pynelogs Cultural Centre in Invermere, June 20-July 9, 2017
Hatteras and Sugarplum 40x30 inches
First, a bit about the technique and technical aspects of the show!
This is my first show of entirely digital photography, I didn't really think about that until it was put together, but it is. Whether that's good or bad I'm not really sure! All the photos are from the last two years, shot on my Nikon DSLR. Every image is made with a telephoto lens which is a little different for "landscape" photography. Some of the images are shot with a telephoto lens but have the look of a wide angle lens. This is because several telephoto images have been stitched together to create one bigger image. "Mount Assiniboine Lodge" and "Mount Syncline" are made using this method. This allows me to give more depth to the image because I am effectively increasing the image sensor area to a larger format, which gives more separation in the depth of field, much like the old large format view cameras. Something that has always intrigued me about photography in general is the physics involved in how light travels through lenses and what effect this has on the print or outcome that we see. Also I'm interested with how camera lenses relate to how the lenses in our own eyes work, so I can produce something that looks somewhat natural to our perception.
Mount Assiniboine Lodge 40x30 inches
Another part about this show on the technical side is the size of the prints; they are pretty big! Five of the 10 are 36x24 inches, and the other five are 40x30 inches. They are all oriented landscape, or the widest side is horizontal. I've been playing with larger prints over the last few years as I find the subject matter of large open spaces needs the room of the larger area to feel right (at least to me). This also allows the viewer to either get up close to see the detail, or stand at the other side of the room and still see what is going on.
Mount Syncline 40x30 inches
Some other information about the images in the show include the time of year they were shot. Every image was made between late January and late May of 2015, 2016 and 2017. All the photos with the exception of one (Assiniboine Lodge) were made in the Central to Northern Purcell mountains. Of course Assiniboine Lodge is in the Rockies just west of the Continental Divide and south of Banff, Alberta. It snuck in to the rest of the show since you can see Mount Assiniboine from almost all of the locations of the other images in the group.
Mount Nelson and Trafalgar 36x24 inches
A few notes about the locations from where the some of the images were taken!
Obviously "Assiniboine Lodge" is an easy one to figure out, however most of the other photos are not so obvious.
"Mount Nelson and Trafalgar" and "Mount Slade" were taken a few hours apart on the same day; January 31, 2017. This was while on a winter hike up Mount Goldie which is accessible from the top of Panorama Ski Resort.
Mount Slade 36x24 inches
Four of the images were taken in the Northern Purcell mountains in the tenure of Canadian Mountain Holidays' Bobbie Burns lodge. I have worked for CMH since 2009 in both winter and summer and have been known to carry my camera in the field from time to time :)
Wind Forms 36x24 inches
"Wind Forms", "Mount Conrad", "Mount Syncline", were all taken on the ground, or more specifically on skis, and "Hatteras and Sugarplum" was taken out the window of a helicopter. All within the area of CMH Bobbie Burns, which covers over one thousand square kilometres of the Northern Purcells.
An interesting note regarding "Mount Conrad" is that is named for the famous Mountain Guide Conrad Kain. According to history this was Conrad's last first ascent in the Purcell mountains, he had over thirty! Mount Conrad stands among several other mountains all named after his clients, including; Mount Stone, Mount Thorington, and Mount MacCarthy. Mr. and Mrs. MacCarthy were regular clients and friends of Conrad, and they also owned what is now the K2 Ranch, on the southwest side of Lake Windermere.
Mount Conrad 36x24 inches
Two other images; "Jumbo Glacier" and "Mount Toby" were taken on a flight in a small airplane that took off and landed in Invermere. I luckily got invited to go with Gord and Brodie on a beautiful late March afternoon. Gord is an experienced mountain fixed wing pilot, he took us on an hour long tour around the Central Purcells that was incredible!
Jumbo Glacier 40x30 inches
Mount Toby is at the headwaters of Toby creek which flows past Panorama Resort and into the Columbia River near Invermere. It is also situated in the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy which my father Pat helped create back in the early 1970's. There's an article by Dave Quinn in this summer's Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine about Pat's involvement with the Earl Grey Pass Trail, which passes by Mount Toby just to the north.
Mount Toby 40x30 inches
The last photo is of the tallest mountain of the Purcell Range, "Mount Farnham". This was taken on a hike to the top of Mount Bruce in late May 2016. Robert Randolph Bruce, which Mount Bruce is named after, built what is now the Pynelogs Cultural Centre in 1914 for his wife. Pynelogs also happens to be the venue for this show!
At 3493 meters (11,459 feet), Mount Farnham is the 17th highest peak in British Columbia and was first climbed by Mr. and Mrs. MacCarthy with Conrad Kain in 1914. Mount Farnham is named for Paulding Farnham, an American jewelry designer from New York who worked for Tiffany & Co.. Mount Sally Serena just to the north is named after his wife. Farnham lost his fortune trying to develop the Ptarmagin mine, just across the McDonald creek valley to the east of Mount Farnham. He moved back to the United States shortly before the First World War.
Mount Farnham 36x24 inches
I hope this blog has been informative and gives you some insight into some local history and my creative process.
Ryan Bavin, June 2017