In This Place: Calgary 2004-2011
By Aritha Van Herk and George Webber
|Author||Aritha Van Herk and George Webber|
|Size||12 x 9 inches|
|Binding type||Hard Cover|
|Release Date||October 25, 2011|
In this Place… is about Calgary.
But it is not the customary view, the postcard tourist view, the souvenir view, the view that lies solely on the surface, oblivious or indifferent to the life that unfolds below that surface, and beyond. This book is about the images, both written and graphic, of the themes that define the city. The overlooked, the feral, the discarded, the unexpected and mysterious. It is about looking backward and forward, inwardly and outwardly, like glimpses through a train window. It is about the images, both written and graphic, that piece together all those the hundreds of little clues to create a grand patchwork that identifies a place you might otherwise not see.
These images are about light – that addictive Calgary light, especially around those sweet hours at the beginning and the end of day. They are about what happens when a shaft of light penetrates a room and cleaves the space in two, a razor edge separating the darkness on the one side and light on the other, the precise place where the photographer chose to place his camera.
These images are about the capturing of all the tiny moments and improbable fragments, all the exquisite little slivers pulled from the stuff of everyday life. They are about the importance of finding beauty, meaning, and mystery in the place you live. These images are about a city that is in the process of transforming itself. They are a little reminder that you cannot take things for granted.
Aritha van Herk is universally recognized as one of Canada’s most original and imaginative writers. She is the author of a number of highly acclaimed books, including Judith (winner of the Seal First Novel Award); The Tent Peg; No Fixed Address: An Amorous Journey; Places Far From Ellesmere; Restlessness; In Visible Ink; A Frozen Tongue; and Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta, which won the Grant MacEwan Author’s Award. She is a passionate lover, critic and devourer of all aspects of Calgary, from its unpredictable history to its unfulfilled potential.
George Webber, the photographer/author of books on Hutterites (A World Within), natives (People of the Blood ) and the last days of Calgary’s nowdemolished downtown taverns (Last Call ), has turned his lens toward what many feel is his finest work, a portrait of the real Calgary as it approached, then passed, the million mark. In his own words, “Calgary is always becoming something else, moving on, moving up, moving out, making room for something new, breaking your heart in little ways. But perhaps there is something here that no amount of steel and glass and asphalt can conceal. These pictures make me hungry for the way the city was.”
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