Pictou photographer looking to chronicle the great white north in winter

John Brannen
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PICTOU – Why fly across the second largest country in the world when you can drive? At the beginning of winter, mind you.

Fiddler playing on the street corner, Spring Garden Road, Halifax. PETER YOUNG PHOTO

While some might consider this unwise, it’s the dream of one local photographer from Pictou who is aiming to chronicle his journey from Nova Scotia to British Columbia in photos.

Peter Young is, like many Maritimers, moving to Alberta to look for work.

“Unfortunately, while Nova Scotia is a beautiful province, the amount of work available here – with meaningful pay – is hard to come by,” said Young. “I have always wanted to drive across Canada but with a country so vast and different, it would be an absolute shame to not make the trip worthwhile, as a photographer.”

Since the age of 14, photography has been his passion.

“I have been taking photos since my dad gave me one of his Canon film bodies and a couple of his lenses,” he said. “Now I am 32 and have been photographing professionally for the past six years.”

His aim is to hit the road between Dec. 15 and Dec. 18.

“It may seem like a strange time of year for this kind of trip, but I think heading into winter and the holidays that there will be no shortage of great photo opportunities across this great land. My car is all set with Michelin winter tires.”

The depth of his photographic journey across the nation will depend on the financial support of others however.

“In order to make this happen, I have started an Indiegogo Campaign to raise funds,” said Young. “If you would like to help support me on this project there are some great perks for you.”

Depending on the support level, those who donate will receive Cross Can(ada) postcards, high resolution digital image files and a few different options for Cross Can photobooks.

A donation of $65 to $175 merits a photobook.

“The book I would like to put together for publishing – Cross Can Adventure: A Photographic Journey – will still be a great book, but produced in larger quantity on cheaper materials.”

Even if he doesn't reach his funding goal, the show will go on.

“The amount of funding I receive will affect how much of the country I get to see, and how many images I will be able to photograph,” Young noted. “If I surpass my funding goal, it means I get to take a little longer, see a bit more, and photograph lots!”

If he reaches Vancouver, he’ll link up with his sister Caroline and make his way back to Calgary, where he also has cousins.

For those who can’t or don’t wish to contribute, Young invites them to check out his journey online.

“At the very least, please share my campaign with as many people as you can through Facebook, email, twitter – even over a phone call,” he said. “Maybe someone you share my project with will want to help make this possible.”

Young’s photos can be viewed at www.indiegogo.com/projects/crosscan-adventure-a-photographic-journey and www.peteryoungphotography.ca/cross-can-adventure/.



On Twitter: @NGNewsJohn

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Alberta Canada Vancouver Calgary

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