A CHRONOLOGY OF OUR CHALLENGES

CHRONICLING ONTARIO’S NORTH – LOUISE LARIVIÈRE, CHIEF OF MISSION

This trek across Ontario North challenged us in many ways. Although weather and logistics were ever present in our thoughts, we also had to keep in mind the reason for this expedition – to return with strong images. I had the privilege of working with two fine photographers: Jim Ross, an extremely solid photographer, and Chris Young who brilliantly juggled ground and aerial photographs. When I look back at the Ontario trek, I think of them and of pilot Phillip Wilmer, who consistently sought out the best locations and lighting conditions for Jim and Chris’s photographs. I also often think of the people working at Wasaya and how they were always there to support us and ourmany changes of plan. RESPECT is primarily about aerial photography, but it is also about the generosity of the North.

Pilot Phillip Wilmer Chris Young Louise Lariviere Jim Ross

The following chronology is a glimpse of the team’s experiences, jotted down by Louise Larivière.

WINTER TRIP (MARCH 31 – APRIL 9, 2009)

After a memorable stay at Gull Bay where we experienced ice fishing, the cameraman Tomi Grgicevic and I headed to Sioux Lookout to join Jim Ross and Phillip Wilmer. Pickle Lake was our next location. There, Jim braved the minus 40 degree temperature, hanging out of the window of our Cessna to capture the winter landscapes, and Phillip looked for every opportunity to take him up. The cameraman and I moved on to Kingfisher Lake, where I met charismatic Chief James Mamakwa. He and our cameraman drove the winter road together.

SPRING TRIP (MAY 29 – JUNE 10, 2009)

Mike, Wasaya Pilot In Cockpit Tomi Filming Dick On His Boat While Louise Watches Peggy In Church Planes In Sunset Taken On Dock Next To Restaurant Filming Karl From Beach While He And Horse Are In Water Helicopter Team In Cockpit

Mitch The Videographer Rigged Up Filming From Helicopter Chris, Louise and Tomi Moses Playing Flute Mayor Wayne Taipale

 

The journey | Chronology of our Challenges | The narrator and producer | The photographers