Patricia Calder


I have loved photography since I purchased a Brownie box camera at the age of 16. The play of light through the lens on land and water, the muscles of animals, and the feathers of birds entices me. I want a closer look. I want a permanent record of the beauty in that moment.

In September I visited the Great Bear Rainforest in BC and came home with images of Spirit Bears, black bears, eagles, and whales. In October I drove into Yukon to photograph landscapes studded with glacial rivers and lakes. I met a young grizzly nuzzling along the ditch for berries and ants, a moose cow and calf trotting through a rest stop, three generations of First Nations people on horseback with camping gear, all fodder for my camera.

My past travels have taken me to Sable Island to photograph the legendary feral horses. I spent 5 weeks in Newfoundland, and was especially charmed by Change Islands and Fogo, with the ponies and icebergs, the music and stories.

Prince Edward Island was my home-away-from-home for 15 years. While I was teaching at Kenner Collegiate in Peterborough my dreams were filled with red sand, blue sea dotted with fishing boats, and green hills in summer; red foxes on snowy meadows, ocean sunsets sparkling with ice chips, and my cozy cabin with its woodstove in winter.

I rambled around Europe for 14 months when I was 24, skied all the famous mountains, lived in a commune, danced the vine in an olive grove. I drank it all in, developing my eye as a young photographer.

These days around home I photograph mostly horses at liberty, birds, and dogs.

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