Within the Landscape ~ Art Respecting Life

  By Evelyn Drake

Discover the breathtaking beauty of our planet and learn about
biodiversity by exploring seven biomes through the photography of Dr.
Roberta Bondar.

Included with General Admission or Membership to TELUS Spark
Jan. 30 – Jun. 15, 2014

Biomes are communities of plants and wildlife within a particular environment. By looking more closely at biomes, we can begin to understand how intrinsic these ecosystems are to various life forms and, ultimately, the health and wellbeing of human beings.

This limited-time Travelling Exhibition and Learning Experience features fine art photography from The Roberta Bondar Foundation, capturing natural landscapes from forests, lakes and rivers, coastal and marine, desert and semi-desert, grasslands, wetlands and ice across biomes.

This remarkable collection includes 51 major fine art photographic pieces that span Canadian National Parks (such as Kluane National Park and Reserve of Canada, Puaskwa National Park of Canada, Wood Buffalo National Park of Canada, and Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada); the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in the USA, Sahara Desert, and the Masai Mara National Reserve of Kenya.

In addition are a selection of framed student images and their artist statements including winners from Bondar Challenge competitions from elementary and secondary schools, wilderness and summer camps.

Expect to:

  • Learn about biomes and biodiversity across our planet
  • Appreciate the complexity of our natural environment
  • Uncover the patterns of our planet, and what they might mean
  • Explore climate and changes in natural landscape patterns

Learn more by visiting The Roberta Bondar Foundation Blog

Organized and circulated by The Roberta Bondar Foundation and the Art Gallery of Algoma.

Artist’s Statement:

“New patterns of our planet as seen from the vantage point of outer space, move me to explore the layers of colour, shapes and textures that lie within them. A myriad of life forms and physical elements of planet Earth comprise what appear from a distance to be curves, angles and tones that sweep across an image, simplifying the world around us.

But what do the patterns mean? What are they and why are they there? Can I learn from them? How could they affect my life? Will they always be there? What changes their patterns? How does climate affect them? If life did not exist, would the patterns be different? Through the creative expression of art that stimulates the critical thinking of science, I can explore the planet with curiosity and wonder.

Landscape and nature photography bring me closer to understanding the natural environment and the place of human life. Writing with light is more than a single capture of a moment in time. It is a moment in history of us as a life form and a moment when both light and life have come together in a way that will never be repeated—the right perspective in the right light, for the natural palette holds many hues, shadows, contrasts and lines.

Not wanting to confuse the brain with extra colours and details that might detract from the emotion that the portrait conveys, I enjoy the challenge in the field of simplifying the compositions. Including few colours allows me to approach the ideal image. The photographs become the gateway to other worlds within one planet.

Looking into each global biological community or biome, we understand better the complexity of the diversity of life on planet Earth—the life that gives us those remarkable patterns we see from space. They are the key to new discoveries that will save lives and will keep us healthy. Extinction will follow loss of this biodiversity.

The photographs in the exhibition, Within the Landscape ~ Art Respecting Life, are intimate portraits of Earth’s unique surface and singular biodiversity. Through these images, The Roberta Bondar Foundation hopes to rejuvenate interest in and develop respect for the natural environment in its complexity. If we love what we see, we will engage in how to protect it.”

– Roberta L. Bondar O.C. O.Ont. MD PhD FRCP FRSC (Hon)

Photo Credit:
Roberta L. Bondar
Glacier End, photographed 1999, Kluane Nat’l Park and Reserve of Canada, Yukon
Kodak Professional Ultra Endura Paper Chromira print
The Roberta Bondar Foundation
Copyright 1999-2014 Roberta L. Bondar


Evelyn Drake has been in the camera business since 2004. She has been involved in every aspect of The Camera Store's operations with a focus on marketing and event-based initiatives. She also hosts our YouTube channel The Camera Store TV.