The Northern Landscape Study is a long-term project where I photograph multiple Canadian Arctic and Subarctic regions and record the traces left by people as they lived in these landscapes. With this photographic archive, I dismantle the prevailing idea of Canada’s North as a pristine untouched frontier, a viewpoint often cultivated by the sublime photographs found in northern geographical and tourism magazines. I, a self-identified northerner, present a more realistic view of Canada’s Arctic and Subarctic as a place inhabited by a variety of peoples and a landscape rich in history and culturally complex. As I photograph these northern landscapes, I concentrated on the imprints left by the North’s various inhabitants. In turn, the type and scope of these traces point at these different peoples’ relationship with the Land and gives insight into their intentions, their social values, and their worldviews.
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