Author Archives: Jeremy Fokkens

Michelle Colley | Back To The Land |

Ymir, British Columbia   With the southern Saskatchewan stories wrapped up and a final blog post on Jim Commodore, I will have more adventures from southern British Columbia and Vancouver Island as I continue to photograph people from small town and remote areas across Canada. If this is your first time reading one of my posts on Back To […]

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February 3, 2016 - 7:04 am

jmeyersforeman HI Jeremy, love reading your stories. It was nice to meet you Saturday at the gallery opening. The portraits you have taken are wondering, they show a connecting with the people you have meet. And they are impressive when printed in large format. I recommend everyone travelling to Banff to head to the Whyte Museum and see them….
take care

Jim Commodore | Back To The Land

One of the last cowboys and his name is Jim…   Val Marie is gem of a town that lies on the borders of the Grasslands Nations Park surrounded by some of the most stunning prairie landscapes with incredible morning and evening light I have never witnessed. I suggest if you’re looking to explore some of […]

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January 18, 2016 - 10:18 pm

Marcia Stahl Loved seeing these pictures of Jim, and Wes. Have known these guys for an awful long time, too long to say… By Jim allowing you to take his picture and share his time means to me that he thought you were “all right” and what you were doing was alright too! You’ve done a good job capturing some of the love and sharing that Jim has with his horses – and not just his – but all horses I’ve ever seen him handle have been receptive to his way. He shod horses for us for many years and we are lucky enough to call him a friend. Jim is a cowboy through and through!

March 8, 2016 - 9:54 am

Marion Foster Great pictures. Jim is my nephew. Looks a lot like his grandfather.

March 26, 2016 - 5:14 pm

James I made the time to pop into the Whyte Museum to see your photos and they are just wonderful portraits of such a diverse group of Canadians. I was particularly drawn to the photo with the spooked horses behind Jim Commodore – the juxtaposition of Jim and the landscape being so still, against the slightly odd movement of the horses behind him just makes the photo. I spent quite some time just taking it in – this photo is magic. I was also drawn to the Crowsnest Pass photo of Susan Murray – very natural portrait. You have captured something special with these photos – I look forward to seeing more.

If prints or a book of this series become available, I would be very interested.

p.s. I enjoyed seeing your Bangladesh series in Gravity Cafe in Inglewood, but didn’t make the connection that they were from the same photographer until looking up your website. Again – great photos.

Crowsnest Pass | Back To The Land |

Crowsnest Cafe’ and Fly Shop in the heart of the Crowsnest Pass. When I first came up with the project “Back To The Land”, I wanted to create a short trailer to help tell the story of the people I have photographed thus far throughout Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia. So I hired Chantelle Kolesnik from DDG (Deluxe […]

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Ron Aust | Back To The Land

Ron Aust’s General store in Big Beaver, Saskatchewan. On my first few days in Val Maire, Saskatchewan my days were spent visiting the cafe’s and the local hangouts introducing myself to locals, getting a good feel of the surrounding landscape and deciding on who I could potentially photograph. One thing I find interesting about this Back To The […]

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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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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.