Perret, John L.; Love This Saskatchewan; self-published, printed in Canada by Friesen Press, Winnipeg, MB; ISBN 978-0-9958458-0-0 (hardcover)
A directive to follow: Love This Saskatchewan is a brand new book by John Perret, the accomplished Saskatoon photographer I was privileged to take a class from at Emma Lake five years ago. And we all know what happened after that… John’s enthusiasm for photography and this province is contagious and I have fully embraced capturing scenery near an far.
While John’s book contains carefully selected images made by him over many years he took this colourful anthology a step further and invited internationally renowned Saskatchewan writers to add their personal reflections in word. From Yann Martel to Bill Waiser, Connie Kalder, Arthur Slade, Brenda Baker and Trevor Herriot, to name just a few, this book is rich in imagery and prose.
I have owned my copy for a short three weeks but find it hard to put down. Each time I turn the pages I find images that evoke strong emotions and memories of places I have visited and still desire to search out in our province of Saskatchewan.
The essays and poems accompanying the land and sky scapes, city scapes and wild life capture each season in the best light (pun intended!). To me it is a road trip through our vast province! If there was ever a book that shows Saskatchewan and its diversity, this is it! If you love open spaces, do yourself a favour and pick up this book! You will appreciate the 4 a. m. sunrises and Northern Lights dancing till late into the night. This photographer is dedicated to his craft and showcasing Saskatchewan the way it truly is. John Perret has “bridged the gap”, a term so often used to describe this province, especially on the weather network. 😉
From the book jacket: John Perret lives in Saskatoon and enjoys living in a city small enough that he can be out in the countryside in a matter of minutes, to view the horizon and open sky. He has had many passions in his life, but by far one of the greatest has been to travel the province and capture the beauty of the land through the lens of his camera.
He has a Batchelors of Education from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters of Photographic Arts from the Professional Photographers of Canada. He has been the recipient of many awards and his photographs have traveled as far as China and Bogota, Colombia.
John has always had ties to the land and he co-owns a quarter section of natural grassland along the North Saskatchewan River. From trips to the north to summer on a farm near Lilac, from berry picking along the back roads to camping in the Nisbet forest, John has come to deeply love and appreciate Saskatchewan.
To obtain a copy check with your local book store or contact the author directly:
John Perret, Light Line Photography
Saskatoon, SK, Canada