The Shuswap Photo Arts Club hosts renowned professional B.C. photographer Chris Harris at the Salmar Classic Theatre Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m.
Harris will give a slide show and talk based on his latest project and book, Flyover British Columbia’s Cariboo Chilcotin Coast, An Aviation Legacy.
The inspiration to create a book photographed from the air and telling the stories of the pilots, came from the aviators of the region themselves.
As early as 2008, while touring with Spirit in the Grass and already shooting for Motherstone, Harris was approached by several pilots, both working and retired, who extended the offer of flights, should Chris ever wish to shoot from the air.
Coincidentally, he and wife and partner, Rita, had just struck up a closer acquaintance with local author, journalist, historian and raconteur, Sage Birchwater.
From that inspiration, an idea was born and a collaboration struck. The project was underway.
The spirit of independence, adventure, generosity, and confidence that led these aviators to the skies, is the same spirit they so generously shared with Harris and Birchwater.
For Harris, his beloved Cariboo Chilcotin Plateau came to life, revealing beauty he had never imagined possible.
As with astronauts seeing the planet from space, perspective wrought its magic and a new visual world captured his artistic passion.
These are the images he is most excited to bring to an audience; a beauty undiscovered and never photographed before, and seen only by this handful of privileged pilots.
Harris is represented internationally by several major photographic stock agencies, and has been featured in many magazines including Canadian Geographic Journal and National Geographic.
His images are sought after as representative of British Columbia. His website is www.chrisharris.com.
The show is a fundraiser for the Shuswap Photo Arts Club, with a suggested minimum donation of $5.
For more information, call Ian or Wendy Clay at 250-832-2350.