Badlands: A Geography of Metaphors

About the Book

There can be few places in the world where the visual impact of the landscape is as hauntingly captivating as the Badlands of the Northern Great Plains. Encompassing Alberta, Saskatchewan, North Dakota and Montana, these amazing regions contain some of the most surreal and magical terrain you can imagine. Renowned photographer and painter Ken Dalgarno first visited Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta "more or less out of curiosity," he writes. "But I was instantly struck by the mystical hoodoos, spires, and other mesmerizing geological wonders. It felt like I was walking amongst a geography of metaphors, or perhaps entering an archives where stories have been exiled." "A treasure trove for dinosaur fossils and First Nations history, the Badlands," Ken continues, "are certainly a place where the past has invaded the present. Like finding a great writer, I wanted to read more. The result of my explorations is this photographic survey of the Badlands of the Northern Great Plains." Covering eleven unique Badland regions this book provides a living photographic portrait of some of the most intriguing and least understood places on Earth — North America's mysterious Badlands.

About the Author

Ken Dalgarno is a Canadian artist and photographer from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Saskatchewan. Dalgarno has exhibited in group and solo shows across Western Canada, the Dakota’s, Montana and Minnesota. His paintings are in private and public collections across Canada, the United States, South Africa and Italy. Dalgarno has received support for his work both from the Canada Council of the Arts and the Saskatchewan Arts Board. “The Crooked Trees of Alticane” recently finished a successful nine venue tour which included a half page profile in the Edmonton Journal.

2015 Book Awards

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