Irish photographer promotes book

Laughing Oyster Bookshop presents Irish photographer David Campbell and his new book Voice of the Great Spirit at the Comox Valley Art Gallery on Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. in the main gallery.

Laughing Oyster Bookshop presents Irish photographer David Campbell and his new book Voice of the Great Spirit at the Comox Valley Art Gallery on Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. in the main gallery.

This book is more than a wildlife story, it is a thoughtfully constructed celebration of the grizzly bear; a skillfully realized journey around one of the last surviving tracts of temperate rainforest; a creative, poetic observation of life in Knight Inlet that is brim with rich images of animal behaviour and wild landscapes.

Travelling between spring and summer over an eight-year period, Campbell captures images that share something of this threatened landscape with the viewer.

Campbell is originally from Northern Ireland. He left Bangor, County Down at the beginning of the ‘Troubles’ to study photography in London, moving to Dublin where he has worked and won many awards for outstanding achievement in advertising photography.

Latterly his attention has moved toward wildlife photography and in particular to the observation of his consuming interest — the grizzly bear.

All are welcome to hear Campbell discuss his work and see his slides at the launch of Voice of the Great Spirit ($40) at the Comox Valley Art Gallery at 580 Duncan Ave. in downtown Courtenay on Tuesday at 3 p.m.

For more information, call the Laughing Oyster Bookshop at 250-334-2511.

— Laughing Oyster Bookshop

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