Photos will focus on pulp plant and effects

Published on August 22, 2014
Marianne Fraser, a professional photographer, and Gerry Farrell are organizing a photo exhibit to raise awareness of the issues surrounding Northern Pulp. JOHN BRANNEN – THEN NEWS

PICTOU – Marianne Fraser believes in the power of a picture. In her opinion photographs are one of the strongest forms of communication.

“I think that an image speaks to you directly and bypasses logic and reasoning. It goes directly to the heart,” she said.

That’s why she and Gerry Farrell, director of Palliative Care at the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow, are organizing an exhibition of photography and are seeking works by photographers who are affected, moved and/or inspired by the issue of emissions of the Northern Pulp Mill in Pictou and the effects it has on health, the environment and the general wellbeing of the people in Pictou County.

The title of the exhibit is Clean Air: A Basic Right and it will open at the deCoste Centre in Pictou Tuesday Sept. 23. The deadline for submission of work is Sept. 6. The photographs for the show will be chosen by a selection committee and will be made in consideration of the exhibit as a whole and the available space.

The purpose of this exhibition, they say is to raise awareness of the magnitude of the impact of the emissions of the Northern Pulp Mill on human life and the environment as a whole.

Fraser moved here in 2003 from Holland. She and her husband, a native of New Glasgow, now live in Lyons Brook.

She met Dr. Farrell and his wife through the Gyro club and they became friends. It was through their friendship that the idea of raising awareness of the problem with pollution through pictures developed.

“We talked about doing an exhibition of pulp mill photos for the last two years,” Fraser said. “It came up in conversation and at the dinner table all the time.”

She could think of no better way to raise awareness of the issues surrounding the mill.

 “I think that an image speaks to you directly and bypasses logic and reasoning. It goes directly to the heart,” she said. “It’s open to give people a chance to express their personal emotions because there are a lot of emotions. Facebook is not always the best place to go for that.”

She said she wants the exhibit to focus on how people are feeling and convey emotion about how big an issue it is here.

“It can be tricky sometimes, but I don’t think that anybody wants the mill to close permanently. We feel for the people who work there. But the management and government officials must follow the rules.”

She said the photos people submit can be of anything around the mill such as Boat Harbour since it’s part of the pollution.

“I hope the exhibit will resonate with people.”



• Each photographer is allowed to submit 3 works. The digital files are to be sent by email to in JPEG format and should not to be larger than 5 MB. The chosen images will be printed from the largest files.

• The selected photographs will be printed in large format and is done by the organizers

• With the submission of the photography the following information is requested: Name of the photographer, title of the photograph and technical info: camera, focal length, shutter speed and aperture.

• With the photos people should submit a short statement – around 100 words or less – describing the work and the inspiration behind it

• The extra photographs will be shown as a video during the opening and possibly during the remainder of the show

• Further inquiries can be made by email or phone: Gerry Farrell or to

Marianne Fraser, (902) 485-2713