Arctic Flypast

George Cousins

North Saanich,British Columbia, Canada

Artist's Description

In August 1955, I was installing and operating a survey and communications camp on the vast Arctic tundra for the Royal Canadian Air Force, with a crew of 5 others. The place was an unidentified point on the Canadian Arctic coastline more or less across the water from Victoria Island. It’s claim to fame was relative position from other survey points and the flat terrain which eventually made it possible to create a crude airfield of sorts.
The Canso amphibian had just brought us supplies by landing in the ocean and ferrying them ashore by boat. The Arctic Ocean was behind me. Beyond the huts is about 800 miles of tundra until the first trees appear. What you see on the ground is all the vegetation there was. You want RURAL? This is about as rural as it gets!
Taken with an Exakta Varex 35mm. SLR, Ektachrome film ASA 10, 50mm. Biotar lens. Exposure? Memory fails me, I think probably 1/25 sec. at F 2.0 or thereabouts. Scanned in 2004 at 4000 dpi with a Canoscan 4000US scanner.

Artwork Comments

  • Stan Wojtaszek
  • George Cousins
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