Calendar features local photogs
Whistler 2000 captures Whistler’s best vistas
By Paul Andrew
Paul Morrison, Bruce Rowles, Bonny Makarewicz, Dave Buzzard, Blake Jorgenson. All of these names are synonymous with world-class photography, mostly of the Whistler area.
Their photos have appeared in glossy magazines, national and local newspapers, and Whistler/Blackcomb promotional material. They have recently been brought together in a calendar that features some of the best nature photography of the Whistler area.
Susan Butler, senior graphic designer at Whistler/Blackcomb, said she got the idea last year after she realized there was no calendar available that she could buy for relatives in her home town in Eastern Canada — nothing to remind them of Whistler, anyway.
"I started to contact some Whistler photographers, not telling them what the project was," Butler said this week. "But I ended up getting pages of slides. I was looking for something more than just skiing and snowboarding, but still a Whistler setting. You know, moss on trees and shadows on snow."
The result is a 13 month calendar, which includes January 2001. Each month has two separate photographs by local photographers; one played large and another as an inset. Richard Glass, Luke Macmillan and Whistler black bear researcher Michael Allen have also contributed to the calendar.
Being a designer well aware of the magic of colour and the intricate details that go with it, Butler has up to five shades of colour on the calendar half of each page, each one complementing the natural colour in the adjacent photograph: alpenglow on Wedge Mountain, snowcamping on the Spearhead Traverse, the rough and tumble water of Brandywine Creek surrounded by a dark green rain forest, or ducks in the dawn mist on Alta Lake.
"The cover shot is Steve Kauffman on Diseased Ridge," Butler explained. "It was taken by Bruce Rowles the day Geoff (Lumpy) Leidal died and they said they saw a big sun dog in the sky. They though it might have been Lumpy’s sprit. So there’s a lot of emotion in these photographs."
Butler has completed an initial run of 5,000 calendars, printed on high quality glossy stock. It is available at most shops on or at the base of Whistler or Blackcomb mountain, in addition to souvenir shops in Whistler Village. So far, the response has been positive, Butler said.
"People were really enthusiastic about it when I started contacting shops," It was like; ‘That’s exactly what I need. People have been asking for this kind of thing.’"