A Sight Better: Portraits of the artists


Photographer and Arctic veteran Martin Lipman, who has worked for years with our partners at the Canadian Museum of Nature, has been photographing winners of the Governor General’s Award for visual arts since 2005.

A Sight Better: Governor General’s Award Winners in Visual and Media Arts, 2005-2013 collects those portraits for public display. The show opens June 14th at the School of Photographic Arts Redwall Gallery in Ottawa. A complimentary exhibition opens June 17th at Exposure Gallery.


Martin Lipman will also present an artist talk at Exposure Gallery on Thursday June 20th at 6:30 pm. Martin will discuss his experiences travelling around Canada and photographing some of this country’s most influential artists.

(We hope Martin will tell the story of being present for the discovery of the Arctic camel on Ellesmere Island.)

Congratulations Martin!

Photographer Martin Lipman will be representing the Canadian Museum of Nature on Heart of the Arctic,June 24 – July 6, 2013

The Arctic camel

What better way to celebrate ‘Hump Day’ than with a camel?

The camel in question is really an ex-camel; actually, it’s not even an entire ex-camel, but a few dozen bone fragments. It’s been dead for a terribly long time—an estimated three and a half million years, in fact.

All of which would be somewhat anticlimactic, if it weren’t that those chunks of very old bone were dug up in approximately the last place you’d expect to see a camel today: Ellesmere Island, in the Canadian High Arctic.

The CBC has the whole Ancient Arctic Camel story, and it’s a fascinating one: scientists believe the Arctic was once much, much warmer than it is today, and during that warm period, camels flourished on Ellesmere Island.

We suspect this hapless long-dead camel will be rapidly recruited to the post of mascot, by man-made climate change skeptics. They’ll use the camel to suggest global warming is the most natural thing in the world.

Intriguing as the camel fossil find is, when we visit the High Arctic, we’d rather see the polar bears of today, than the camels of yesteryear—or tomorrow.

Visit Ellesmere Island on our Out of the Northwest Passage trip, Aug. 20 – Sept. 5, 2013.