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Poster for Arctic Faces & PlacesA special addition to the Kingston-area launch festivities for the new book, in collaboration with Wayne Morris and David Menard, co-owners of Kingston Frameworks Gallery, James is mounting an exhibition and sale of some of his spectacular photographs taken during his four-year journey around the circumpolar world to research Circling the Midnight Sun.  

Although James is perhaps best known for his writing, award-winning images from his adventures have been published by a host of outlets including National Geographic, Canadian Geographic, Nature Canada, Explore, The Globe and Mail, and his work has been featured in many books and exhibitions over the years. And, of course, his insightful and often arresting photographs are always a memorable feature of his popular lectures and public presentations.

Arctic Faces & Places is a rare chance to experience an intimate glimpse into the lives and locales James visited in Iceland, Scandinavia, Russia, Alaska, Canada and Greenland on his way around the world.  Stay tuned for details of exhibit launch events in conjunction with Kingston Writersfest (September 24-28) and Art After Dark (Friday, September 25th).

Every memento has a story

At just about every stop along way around the world at the Arctic Circle, people gave to me, as part of their welcome, local crafts and curios, things to wear, and other mementos to help take a piece of each place home.  It was only after a couple of years on the road that I came to the realization that this marvelous little collection of precious things was in itself a portrait of the people and the journey as much as my journals, photographs, audio or video recordings.  Each artifact is made of local material by local hands in the tradition of the people of that place.  And none more beautiful or meaningful that the Love Bracelet made by Albert Olanna in Shishmaref, Alaska. Read more