The Mountain Legacy Project has long hoped to examine historic glass plate negatives from the Northwest Territories. Last year, while working with research colleagues from Library and Archives Canada | Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, our wish was granted! Let us introduce you to 47 historic images from the stunning South Nahanni in the NWT.
From Oct 2 – 5, 2018, Mountain Legacy team members gathered in Banff Alberta with over 150 other mountain studies practitioners for the Thinking Mountains 2018 interdisciplinary research summit. It was indeed a “peak” experience!! Read more about MLP’s contribution here.
On October 5th, 2018, Spark, CBC Radio’s weekly program exploring technology, innovation and design, went out with the Mountain Legacy Project to do some repeat photography. Full disclosure – the repeat photography session actually happened in August this past summer.
From July 23 – 26th, 2018 UVic’s Mountain Legacy Project (MLP) joined forces with Dr. Liza Piper from University of Alberta’s Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) to rephotograph images from the historic Alberta Coal Branch area. Check out some of the changes in this area where industry interfaces with wilderness.
Mountain Legacy Project director, Eric Higgs, finds himself involved in repeat photography project in Amsterdam, about as far physically and psychologically from the mountains of western Canada as one can get. He is spending the year working on his new book, Changing Nature, which examines the future of ecological restoration in a rapidly changing world. He and his family are based in the northern Netherlands university city of Groningen.
Victorian geography, like other sciences of the era, placed great importance on the act of collecting. Landscape, though impossible to physically retrieve, was systematically photographed and brought back to government topographers as glass plates, to be reassembled, measured, and catalogued. The photographs collected here are from William Ogilvie’s 1895-96 survey of Yukon / Alaska international boundary.