I’ve been working with a Pattern Energy since 2014 to create a library of images for their developments in Southwestern Ontario.
This is a multi-stage project, with new developments opening almost annually. My brief is to photograph the turbines in the context of the landscape, as well as photographing any towns or sites which are part of the project. I can’t think of a better fit with my skills and my love for the five-one-nine area code than to spend all this time finding its most beautiful moments.
I started with a day in the Chatham area, South Kent to be exact. I worked from dawn to dusk, covering 400km of this beautiful rolling farmland. The next adventure? Two days roaming Ontario’s West Coast, Huron County. Beautiful weather, gorgeous countryside, and some of the loveliest people I have ever met at the K2 Wind Grand Opening. And finally, I spent time in the Kincardine area, which brought me to my beloved Lake Ontario.
And every time, I fell in love.
While I know that wind energy brings about debate, the people of Pattern, and the landowners, have made this project one of my favourites. I have heard so many stories from the landowners, as we made our way to the ribbon cuttings, and I look forward to seeing more of this province and its people.
You can a sampling of my favourites here: http://gallery.fiveonenine.ca/recenthighlights/pattern/ and the slideshow from K2 Wind can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/H0ATJVJkMMU
Choosing only a handful of images over three years of work was impossible, but so incredibly rewarding. I’ve been back to Huron County, South Kent, and Bruce County many times since, and I am grateful for my time with Pattern which brought me here.