Who would have guessed:
Canada is art?
Photography by Roberta Bondar
Now Showing at the London Regional Art and Historical Museum through
By Alisa Mamak
Photo by Roberta Bondar
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Anyone who is really passionate about Canada is sure to enjoy this
patriotic vision of our homeland compiled by former astronaut and Western
graduate Roberta Bondar.
Canada's first female astronaut and Western graduate, Roberta Bondar,
is once again pioneering new frontiers; however this time, it's in the
field of photography.
Bondar's exhibit, Passionate Vision, is currently showing at the London
Regional Art and Historical Museum from 12-5p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
It features photographs taken by Bondar during two years of travelling
through Canada's national parks by helicopter, train, boat and snowshoe.
The collection is a diverse montage of oversized, landscape scenes and
also features an interactive multimedia component in which one can see
the artist speak about specific works and their development.
Although the exhibit comes across as a blatant attempt to arouse Canadian
pride, there are no cliched allusions to metaphoric tossed salads and melting
Instead, Bondar's breathtaking photographs are a tasteful display of
modest pride in the dynamic beauty of some of Canada's greatest hidden
treasures. Through exquisite technical skill, Bondar developed large-scale
photographs of Canadian mountains, waterways and skies in unparalleled
shades of blue set against ice flows which convey the true meaning of "the
Great White North."
It's almost hard to believe all of the photographs were taken in Canada
because, if one wasn't aware of this fact, the photographs would appear
to be a global catalogue of every topographical and meteorological phenomenon
known to man.
Ultimately, one of the biggest mistakes any artist can make is to create
works so conceptual, they become incomprehensible to the public. However,
Bondar's photographs successfully avoid this trap because of their aesthetic
This is art for the masses at its best – photographs in which concept
and intent is secondary. In fact, the only concept or intent the artist
asks the viewer to keep in mind is explicitly stated in the name of the
show – Passionate Vision. The viewer is left to appreciate what they see
with little direction or interference and enjoy the process of simply viewing.
With Canada Day less than a month away, the show is well-timed and particularly
inspirational for those who believe there is something more to being patriotic
than just lighting fireworks.
Bondar's photography as captured in Passionate Vision reveals a side
of Canada that will infect one with the desire to travel and explore.