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Passionate Vision [Paperback]

Roberta Bondar

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Feb. 21 2008

With more than 10,000 copies sold, Passionate Vision endures as a pictorial collection that leads us on a journey from Gwaii Haanas in the west to Terra Nova in the east, Point Pelee in the south to Quttinirpaaq in the north. Dr. Roberta Bondar-one of Canada's most celebrated explorers-presents an exquisite photographic portrait of forty-one national parks, revealing the essence of Canada's rugged, intricate and fragile natural endowment.

More than 100 full-colour photographs plus six stunning images from space are interwoven with lyrical quotations about the land by explorers, poets, ecologists and naturalists and short captions about the diversity of the country's natural areas. Ann Thomas, Curator of Photography at the National Gallery of Canada, situates these images in the long tradition of landscape photography with a brief essay. To this narrative, Dr. Bondar adds her own story: her vision of blending interests in science and photography and her unique perspective of Canada, a largely unexplored and delicate wilderness within a wider universe.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Douglas & Mcintyre (Feb. 21 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553653793
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553653790
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 28.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 975 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #240,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the polar desert of Quttinirpaaq to Saskatchewan's dinosaur-bone-, tepee-ring-studded badlands, and from the Pacific Rim's storm-battered rain forests to Terra Nova's glacier-carved fjords, Canada's rich natural heritage has been preserved in its 41 national parks, and now in Roberta Bondar's breathtaking album, Passionate Vision. The renowned scientist, neurologist, astronaut, and author (Touching the Earth) was first inspired to photograph the national parks in 1992 while serving aboard the space shuttle Discovery. "Space flight has provided me with a special insight and pride in Canada. I want all Canadians, and the people of the world, to share in the vision of our land and our identity with this special part of our planet. Through my photographs, I have tried to broaden our view of what Canada is really about--by emphasizing the country's diversity, enormity, and sheer magnificence."

And she succeeds, beautifully. With Passionate Vision, published in conjunction with a travelling photography exhibition, Bondar brings her unique perspective to the standard stock of nature albums. Anchored in the tradition of nature documentary photography epitomized by Ansel Adams, Bondar offers exquisite microscopic images of sun dew and pitcher plants, ground views of Group-of-Seven-evocative pitch pines, panoramas of icy monoliths, aerial shots of bison roaming the salt plains, and regional photos taken from space. The pictures are supplemented by a preface by Pierre Trudeau, whose government expanded the national parks network, a technical introduction by Bondar, a map, and an index of plates in which the author gives some context to the image-making.

What the reader won’t get here is a detailed history of the National Parks Act, a sustained argument advocating environmentalism, or an educational discussion about geography. For that, interested individuals are urged to check out The National Parks of Canada (with a foreword by David Suzuki). What this book does deliver are flawless production values and superb images that will encourage the viewer to a custodial exploration of the places that are home to rare and endangered species, and to a new attentiveness to the ways the elements sculpt this vast land. --Diana Kuprel --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"If you enjoy nature photographs then you'll enjoy perusing the more than 100 photographs, and six images from space, contained in Passionate Vision...Enjoying Bondar's beautiful photos of parts of Canada's stunningly beautiful natural landscape is a good way to experience Canada's national parks, reserves and marine parks -- at least until you can visit these places in person." (Metroland North 2009-04-29)

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