Calgary Heritage Candidate
Although not strictly photographic news, I'm so pleased to let you all know that I am running to represent Calgary Heritage in the House of Commons!
What, you may ask?! In addition to being a photographer, I'm also a Family Physician and have practiced in Calgary Heritage more than 15 years. Over that time, through my patients, I've become aware of the issues that affect our lives most profoundly.
Also, my experience as a photographer with Adventure Canada has enabled me to visit some of Canada's most remote and spectacular regions, giving me a sense of Canada's wilderness and resources while also coming to appreciate the particular issues that many remote communities face. These both overlap with and are different from those of my patients.
Taken together they have inspired me to step up and run to be a voice at the table in Ottawa, contributing to Canada's national government. It's an exciting and intense experience and I'm so grateful to be a candidate in this by-election!
If you would like more information about my campaign or to participate or donate, please visit scottforsyth.liberal
A Photographic Journey
When I was a resident in my final years of medical school I began taking photographs of the Rockies, pressed for time but treasuring the moments I was in nature with my camera. The natural landscape is a transformative terrain and my imagination was captivated.
From this beginning I conceived the Canadian Landscape Project, to photograph all the regions of Canada and contribute to our national conversation, making Canada's remote landscapes better known to Canadians and to the world. Photographing this country from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans has deepened my sense of Canada, our connection to each other and our planet.
It has also led me to question what does being Canadian really encompass? Canada is 150 years old this year, but this relatively recent constitutional date belies its ancient geological age and cultural heritage.
An enormous country, we have the world’s second-largest land area and are bordered by the world’s longest coastline. The Canadian Shield contains some of the oldest rocks on Earth, nearly as old as our planet itself, and Canada’s land has been occupied for thousands of years by a diverse and prolific aboriginal presence.
Along my photographic journey I have learned about the changing environment in the north and how this is affecting the communities along the coasts of this vast nation. As I continue my photography project, my perception of what it is to be “Canadian” continues to evolve.
There are many reasons I have chosen to enter politics, but a crucial element are the compelling landscapes I have been so fortunate to see and photograph.
As I've travelled the Rockies and wild Canadian coasts, I've witnessed incredible landscapes: Lake O'Hara in Alberta, Grise Fjord in Nunavut, the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, Torngat National Park in Labrador and many more. You know me best as a photographer so I'd like to end this post with photographs, some of my favourites, from the compelling landscapes of our great country.
Cascades Lakes River, Alberta
Lake O’Hara, Alberta
Schaefer Ridge, Alberta
The Battery, St. John’s, Newfoundland
Torngat Mountains, Labrador
Grise Fjord, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut
Parry Channel, Lancaster Sound, Nunavut
Fort Ross, Nunavut
Mussel Inlet, Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia
Bishop Bay, Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia
Bella Bella, Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia
Thank you all for your support and interest in my photography and now, my newest project, representing Calgary Heritage in Ottawa.
Best regards, Scott