Grand Landscapes of Canada
Reviewed: November 22, 2005
By: J. A. Kraulis
Publisher: Firefly Books
224 pages, $49.85
After a quarter century of photography, J. A. Kraulis feels that he has managed
to capture a definitive collection of Canadian landscape photography. Grand
Landscapes of Canada is an impressive way to advance that claim.
The more than 200 photos in the book include 16 from the Yukon, and concentrate
on landscapes with almost no sign of human intrusion. Waterfalls, lakes, seashores,
clouds, forests and mountains are his main subjects, with the exception of
a few cultivated fields. There are some photos which show the results of human
activity on farmland - patterns of planting and harvesting, for instance -
but thatís about as close to people as he gets.
What I notice most about Kraulisí pictures is the incredible sense of depth
they have. This seems to be the result of a high horizon line sandwiched between
the landscape and some kind of cloud activity.
In his introduction he indicates that he has a fascination with lighting
effects and with moments in nature, rather than with the recording of actual
ďAnd for this reason, even if you stood in the exact same spot where I took
these photographs, you are unlikely to ever see what is recorded in them.Ē
I would think this would be especially true of his work on waterfalls, where
he seems to favour long exposures that make the falls look like continuous
This is an impressive coffee table book, one in which the pictures need more
than one look to be appreciated.