Reader Escapes: Monna and Damien Cross the Canadian Prairies

Reader Escapes: Monna and Damien Cross the Canadian Prairies

Gregory Han
Aug 26, 2008

Name: Monna and Damien
Location: Ontario
Description: Damien found a beautiful broken-down frame in his parents' basement a few weeks before they moved to Calgary. He held the frame in his hands and envisioned a photography project that we could take on the road. When we packed for our trip across the prairies, the frame went into the trunk. Our plan was to capture the changing landscape as we passed through Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. The first time we hauled out the frame in public was in Tobermory, Ontario where we were taking the ferry over to Manitoulin island and then heading up north. A woman said, "Now that's what I call framing a shot!" A man asked Damien to take a photo of him with his little dog in the frame. ...

Somewhere in Northern Ontario, we pulled into a lookout and there was a group of bikers trying, loudly and unsuccessfully, to take a group shot. Damien got out of the car and volunteered to take their photograph.

Then we pulled our old wooden frame out of the trunk and took a few shots of the lake. One of the women sent her partner over to help me hold up the frame. He was wearing a t-shirt that said "Got Harley?" There is, without question, a camaraderie between people travelling the TransCanada, a kindness that says we're all in this long drive together.

Then we reached Saskatchewan. I began to think that perhaps, when God was creating the world, this was where he lay down for his afternoon nap. South of Regina, the land was so flat that we could almost see Alberta. We found ourselves driving through fields of golden canola and took some of our favourite shots from the trip.

With not a little sadness, we left the frame in Calgary. Our Barcelona life is too compact for such a large frame. Perhaps, we will find another one here. Something smaller, more European, for new photo experiments and travel adventures.


"Crossing Canada, Frame by Frame"

  1. Canada Goose at Wawa, Ontario
  2. Windmills in Grey-Bruce County, Ontario
  3. Canadian flag on ship at Tobermory, Ontario
  4. Masts of a ship docked at Tobermory, Ontario
  5. View of the highway from Wawa, Ontario/Lake Superior north of Thunder Bay, Ontario
  6. Canola fields near Regina, Sakatchewan
  7. Dirt Road near Rouleau, Saskatchewan

[Photos by Damien Pitter]

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