Monthly Archives: August 2015

Wes Olson | Back To The Land

The go-to bison guy Wes Olson On my first few days in Val Maire, Saskatchewan I continued my pursuit in finding people with interesting stories. I managed to find Wes Olson randomly by one of the ladies that runs the coffee shop at the local museum just off the main highway as you pull into Val Marie. […]

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by Jeremy Fokkens

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August 29, 2015 - 9:38 am

Connie Henuset I have known Wes and Johane for 30 years and I am blessed to have them as friends. They are very unique in their own ways.

I like the colour of shirt Wes worn for the photo shoot. The blue is subtle against the blue sky which reflects Wes’s personality – never one to stand out in a crowd (however it is difficult not to notice him because of his physique) and goes about in a humble way doing his work.

Thanks for giving a well deserved friend the spotlight!

August 29, 2015 - 11:44 am

Gail Beuhler I met Wes and Johane about a year ago and heard Wes give a talk on bison. I agree that the information that he shares leaves you wanting more. A very interesting couple and I am pleased to have met them.

January 24, 2016 - 7:49 am

Jane Kawalauskas Please let me know when your book is finished and on sale.
It’s very rare to see ‘portraits’ anymore. This series has moved me deeply. I feel my history in these photos. Thank you.

Neil Jones | Back To The Land

Self taught artist Neil Jones from Rockglen, Saskatchewan Having only spent less than a week on the road, I am still in awe of the endless skies and rolling hills that meet the horizon in the province of Saskatchewan. It’s wave like grasslands and wheat fields dance in the wind reminding me of coral reefs swaying in […]

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August 25, 2015 - 8:34 am

Paul Campeau Hi Jeremy, I remember you when you went to Prince of Peace school with Renata. My Grandfather & an Uncle are both buried in the Val Marie cemetery which I have visited a number of times. I enjoyed your article on Neil Jones. Keep up the good work.

Val Marie, Saskatchewan | Back To The Land

Beekeeping in Val Marie, Saskatchewan. After photographing Arthur James in Orkney, Saskatchewan and thrilled having found my first subject for my “Back To The Land” project, I continued East and headed towards Val Marie, which lies on the borders of Grasslands National Park. As I pulled off the highway, I made my way down centre […]

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by Jeremy Fokkens

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August 17, 2015 - 11:42 am

Carly Amazing!! 🙂

August 17, 2015 - 12:14 pm

Lindsay WOW. Amazing photos, Jeremy! You are so talented! And I’m so jealous you got to see John and Carly’s work up close(though not of the bee stings, haha). They are good friends of mine. So glad you got to meet them and capture this part of their lives. So loved looking at each photo.

August 18, 2015 - 5:09 am

Shelley Thank you so much for capturing this amazing family hard at work! I love the story and being a Professional Photographer I admired the beautiful pictures. It sure gave me an insight of how hard owning an Appairy really is!!!

August 18, 2015 - 3:06 pm

Shawn Great captures!

Full of character.

I especially like the shots with the swarms of bees in the air and the light catching their wings.

Somehow a metal guitar soundtrack seems appropriate.

August 18, 2015 - 3:58 pm

Malcolm You’ve got some great work in these shots Jeremy….nicely done.

August 18, 2015 - 5:34 pm

Robert Scott Beautiful as always Jeremy!

August 18, 2015 - 6:37 pm

John Reynolds Jr. Now this Brothers & Sisters will be a book worthy of the read 😉
Any project Jeremy is involved in he sets the bar very high so please like/share and talk Mr.Fokkens into the opportunities he dreams of.