This Friday, January 13th, help celebrate the opening of The 4th Carleton Community Art Exhibition at Carleton University Art Gallery​! From January 13 to 22 in Ottawa, I will be showcasing two photographs from my Bugaboo Spire Centennial Climb Project photo series that is currently on exhibit at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies​ in Banff, Alberta as part of the Hobnails and Hemp Rope​ documentary project.


The Carleton Community Art Show is a biannual exhibition. After graduating from Carleton's Sprott School of Business MBA Program​ in 2009, I have dedicated significant time and effort to developing my second career as an event and expedition photographer. Interestingly enough, after my graduation, the biannual Carleton exhibition has become one of the highlights of my Carleton University journey and I have proudly participated in its every installment to date!


Growing bigger and more diverse every time, the most recent edition of the exhibition included approximately 250 works of art from 150 artists, all of who are either students, staff, alumni or professors at Carleton University. Join the Carleton community for the opening of the exhibition this Friday, January 13, from 12 noon to 1 PM where Carleton University's President Dr. Roseann O'Reilly Runte will officially open the exhibition to public. This year Carleton University celebrates its 75th anniversary, while the Carleton University Art Gallery turns 25! Don't miss this exciting celebration of art in the heart of Canada's capital on our nation's 150th anniversary year!

Congratulations to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll on her 90th jubilee!! Canada admires your longevity and dedication as much as you admire our Canadian Forces Snowbirds squadron on Canada Day. Compilation of my personal photos from 2008 and from the 2010 royal visit to Ottawa.

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Very pleased to announce my latest photography exhibition titled "The First Snow" on now at Ottawa's newly opened Black Walnut Bakery.


This time last year, I had an amazing opportunity to capture some of the magical snow scenes of Baltimore that have quickly become one of my most treasured photographs. These were also the photos that started my love affair with Baltimore's What Weekly magazine, the first and foremost publication about the creative and innovative endeavours of people of Baltimore and beyond.


It's hard to describe in full the beauty of the season's first snowfall. And I am very pleased to have this exhibition at the Black Walnut Bakery in Ottawa's Cumberland Village as part of my winter exhibition that features eight of my photographs of the first snowfalls from two of my favorite cities – Baltimore, Maryland and Ottawa, Ontario. The exhibition is on during the month of January and February. Be sure to stop by to see it and to try some of the best coffee and baked goods North of the border!


If you'd like to see more photos of Baltimore under the snow cover, be sure to visit my online Baltimore and Ottawa galleries! You may purchase any of the photographs that you like either at the exhibition or directly through my website. Your continued support will help me bring to life more exciting stories and projects to life in 2016!




Today the residents of Cumberland Village on the outskirts of Ottawa welcomed the official opening of The Black Walnut Bakery – a world class culinary gem offering one of the widest selection of freshly baked goods in the Ottawa region! The menu includes anything from classic croissants and amandines, to exquisite tortieres, to traditional Ukrainian makivnyks to a German-style holiday stollens with in-house made marzipan.

Owners Isaac Fouchard and Myroslava Mykytyn were well prepared for their opening day!


The Black Walnut Bakery is a child of Myroslava Mykytyn and Isaac Fouchard. Over the past year, the proud owners of city's newest bakery had to overcome many hurdles in order to make their entrepreneurial dream come true. Having rescued an old commercial property that was on the verge of demolition, Myroslava and Isaac with the help of their family and friends renovated the 150-year old house, making numerous exterior upgrades, redesigning their living space and making room for a small sit-down cafe and an industrial-grade kitchen.

The Black Walnut Bakery at Cumberland's annual Harvest Market. Over the past two summers they were busy selling baked good at local farmers' markets in and around Cumberland and catering special events for the local community.


The opening day saw an early-morning queue of customers eager to get their hands on their favorite baked creations...


...with the first official customer Greg Hamre arriving well in advance of the 8:00am opening time!


Cumberland still has all the charm of the 200-year old historical village that it is, thanks in large part to the efforts of devoted village residents, the Cumberland Community Association and the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum to preserve their heritage. Like Myroslave and Isaac, the bakery's first customers see a very bright future for the village. With a little bit of luck, the right circumstances and a few entrepreneurial minds, the village can become an even bigger heritage attraction for Ottawa and the broader national capital region.


Help celebrate this important milestone in the life of the village and be sure to stop by for the freshest coffee and tastiest baked good anytime between Wednesdays to Sundays, 8am to 5pm. The bakery will be taking a short holiday break on December 25-29 and on January 1.




It is a true honour to be part of Ottawa's photography community and to welcome the newly established Canadian Photography Institute to the National Gallery of Canada - a proud home to one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of photographs and related materials. According to National Gallery's director Marc Mayer, it promises to be “the very deepest, most comprehensive and broadly useful public collections of photographs in the world.” National Gallery's new photography space is expected to open in 2016 and will be complimented by a fully digitized collection accessible to the international community all across the world. The collection will include not only art photography, but also photojournalism, documentary photography, and even vernacular photography.


Visit the official website of the Canadian Photography Institute to learn more about this unprecedented Canadian partnership between David Thompson, Scotiabank, the National Gallery of Canada and the National Gallery of Canada Foundation:


This commendable creative partnership is an excellent example of private sector support of the photographic arts in Canada that will help make photographic arts more accessible and appreciated, both in Canada and internationally!


This weekend, don't miss the American Conservation Film Festival (ACFF) taking place in nearby Shepherdtown, West Virginia. The weekend promises to be packed with documentary films highlighting latest nature conservation efforts at home and abroad, featuring engaging discussions and even a filmaking workshop.

To give you a taste of the festival, I'm offering a preview of this weekend's festival accompanied by a glimpse into the annual Best of Fest highlights of last year's festival. We caught up with with Jennifer Lee, the ACFF's Development and Communications Director earlier today to find out all the details.

Ivan Petrov: What can the audience expect from this year's festival?

Jennifer Lee: Our audience can expect their choice of 46 very compelling, beautiful mostly documentary films on topics ranging from agriculture and food to climate change to wildlife with lots in between.  Films are arranged in thematic blocks and range from 2 minutes to almost 2 hours. As well, we are welcoming over 30 filmmakers and special guests who will introduce and speak about their films.  This adds a unique and personal dimension to the films .  

IP: What are the main highlights of this years festival (any special guests, filmmakers in attendance, new/innovative program/activities)?

JL: Our first block on Friday night - Wild, Wonderful, Endangered West Virginia - features films about two critical threats facing West Virginia - the coal mining industry and water quality.  It will include three filmmakers and two subject matter experts to answer questions from the audience.

On Saturday, at the National Conservation Training Center, where films and programs are offered on a "pay as you can" basis, we have four superb film blocks focused on wildlife and nature.  Two blocks are specially targeted to children - Block 4 for young children and Block 6 for older children.  
Three filmmakers will be in attendance for both of these blocks and a hands-on educational tool kit to teach youth about endangered species will be presented following Block 4.

This is our 4th year of our Conservation Filmmaker Workshop, where seven sessions on conservation filmmaking will be presented by industry experts from around the country to aspiring and seasoned filmmakers.  This workshop occurs at NCTC on Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th and is a great opportunity for filmmakers to hone their craft and network with others in the field.

On Friday and Saturday nights following the films, we welcome filmmakers and audience members to join  us at after-parties at two fine eating & drinking establishments in downtown Shepherdstown - a great chance to discuss the films and mingle with new and old friends.

IP: What are this year's most anticipated and talked about films?

JL: Merchants of Doubt is our Green Fire Award Winner - the award bestowed on the film selected as the most outstanding by our selection committee.  It is a critically acclaimed expose on the "spin industry" about people hired to confuse the public on things like pharmaceuticals, tobacco, and climate change.

Unbranded is currently among the top-ranked documentaries in the WORLD!  It is the story of four young men who adopt, train, and ride 16 wild mustangs from Mexico to Canada.  A great adventure with lots of life lessons along the way.

Cowspiracy is a chilling examination of industrial farming and its impacts on our food system and environment.

We are proud to welcome four US Premiers and three World Premiers to this festival.  It really is an incredibly strong line-up of films.

IP: Will the festival feature any discussions of the latest nature conservation efforts close to home, in Maryland?

JL: It will feature discussion of conservation efforts close to home in West Virginia, but not Maryland specifically.  One of our world premiers, City of Trees, is based in Washington, DC, and profiles the effort to put unemployed people to work planting trees.

Many of the issues addressed in the films apply to everyone - agriculture, climate change, waste and consumption, wildlife preservation - and present lessons applicable on a global basis.

Although the festival calls Shepherdstown its permanent home, this year's Best of Fest evening took place at the Frederick's historic Weinberg Center for the Arts on February 28.

The annual Best of Best event offers a lively evening of films, music and engaging discussion and serves as a good preview and introduction to the ACFF.


ACFF's Board Member Dave Kirkwood on stage for the official audience welcome.


Last year's audience award winning film DamNation documents the movement to reclaim thousands of water dams across the country in an effort to return American rivers and its inhabitants to their natural state.  


Serena McClain of American Rivers and Jim Thompson of Maryland DNR discuss dam removal and river rehabilitation efforts in Maryland.

One month into its official North American release tour, I finally had an opportunity to see Meru in my adopted hometown of Ottawa, Canada. What an incredible story of perseverance, determination and high-altitude teamwork of Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk! Don't miss this must see adventure documentary at Ottawa's Bytowne Theatre – September 22 at 9:20PM and September 23 at 6:50PM.


If you are interested in learning more about one of the three main characters – Renan Ozturk – be sure to also keep an eye out for his newest Sherpa Film that screened last week at the TIFF. Read more about his adventures and projects in my February interview with Renan for What Weekly Magazine.







"Ottawa Transformed: The Decade Past"


:: Ottawa Public Library - Main Branch :

: August 20 to 31, 2015 ::


Dedicated to my daughter Thea, born in Ottawa on August 1, 2015.



We find ourselves today on the verge of a major transformation to the landscape of our city: the multi-phase light rail network connecting new and old neighbourhoods like never before, the ambitious redevelopment of the Chaudière Falls into a world-class sustainable community, the Bayview Yards Innovation Centre destined to bolster the city's reputation as “Silicon Valley North,” the Ottawa Art Gallery and the Arts Court expansion, and, of course, the highly anticipated new Central Library – the largest and most prominent project in the history of the Ottawa Public Library. These exciting new changes will define the next decade of growth of our nation's capital.

Reflecting on my first decade as a newcomer and proud resident of Ottawa, I present to you a retrospective of my photographs of the city spanning ten years: 2005 to 2015. With 34 works on display across two floors of the Ottawa Public Library, this is my largest exhibition to date. I invite you to mark the #WorldPhotographyDay by exploring our city like never before over the next ten days of the exhibition.

It is also a great pleasure to coincide this exhibition with the upcoming publication of a book titled "Transforming Ottawa: Canada's Capital in the Eyes of Jacques Gréber" by fellow Ottawa resident and professional urban planner Alain Miguelez. To be released in the fall of 2015, his book documents the changing landscape of our city through historical photographs. The book was inspired by the rediscovery, at the National Archives, of a large collection of hauntingly beautiful street scenes of Ottawa in 1930's, commissioned by Jacques Gréber, the French urban planner hired by the Prime Minister of the day (W.L. Mackenzie King) to prepare a master plan for our city. The book looks at the city as Gréber saw it in 1937, when he first set foot in Ottawa, describes his famous 1950 plan, and discusses its outcomes and effects on our city. The book contains about 300 of these incredibly sharp and crisp black-and-white Ottawa street scenes from the late 1930's, in high resolution. You will see photos of streets and corners that are now unrecognizable, and some that have remained amazingly unchanged. Now 65 years old, this blueprint for our city was almost entirely implemented over the decades and, in many ways, has defined the city as we know it today. 



In this first-of-a-kind partnership with another creative author, I am happy to offer a complimentary copy of Alain's new book with the purchase of any of my framed photographs from the exhibition. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to pay tribute to our city by supporting two of its creative artists and being among the first to own a copy of this much anticipated new book about Ottawa!



On August 21-31, be sure to follow me on your preferred social media channels for daily featured photos from the exhibition, behind-the-scenes updates and stories from the exhibition: