Reflections from local photographer

With immeasurable landscapes throughout Western Canada, Alberta based photographers Mike Drew and Chris Malloy illuminate the natural treasures of the prairies.

Originally born in Ontario, Malloy currently resides in Calgary and has been exploring Canada for more than 11 years.

“We’re really lucky to be here, not many people have [these sceneries] available to them,” said Malloy.

Now a Calgary based photographer, Malloy specializes in invoking a quiet sense of solitude, according to his website, by photographing misplaced vintage buildings, old supermarkets and mom-and-pop-stores around Calgary, and outside of the city with a present day perspective.

With Exposure, Alberta’s Photography Festival, coming around the corner in February, Malloy hopes for a mass of submissions. After displaying work with Exposure for two years, he said it’s very rewarding for people who submit images and for those who view them.

As traditional photography evolves, Malloy said there are still many unknown, skilled photographers who haven’t followed the conventional means to success.

“Just because someone doesn’t have two thousand followers on Instagram, doesn’t make them a bad photographer,” said Malloy.

Though the presentation of photography is changing in more ways than one, the importance in distributing fine art is now more important than ever, whether or not it’s through social media.

The only way photography doesn’t get the justice it deserves, according to Calgary photographer Drew, is when images haven’t been worked on enough.

“If your knees aren’t dirty after a photo-shoot, you didn’t get all the angles,” said Drew.

Drew spends most of his time photographing Southern Alberta’s landscapes and dormant spots. He recently published a book of his work titled, On the Road with Mike Drew. The book features photos of all sorts, all taken throughout Canada.

Drew said that with the market of photography, and the way people consume it, professionals will have to delve into different mediums. For most people, this means delving into videography.

“Anyone can walk up to something and shoot a cellphone picture that will look somewhat good, but not everyone can put together a good video,” said Drew.

Working as a journalist for more than 30 years, Drew said Alberta is the best place to shoot in the world, and people take the scenery for granted.

“I shoot where we live,” said Drew.

“I’ve been to 25 different countries and I know what it looks like. Just think about where we’re at, we are an hour away from Banff, and if you go an hour and a half in any other direction you are in a completely different country.”

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