It’s no secret that Canada’s premier group of landscape artists spent a lot of time in Algoma Country.
Shortly after the first world war, members of the Group of Seven painted the inland lakes and rivers within the rugged country along the Algoma Central Railway.
They also made eight trips to Superior’s North Shore between 1921 and 1928, producing hundreds of paintings.
Their work during this period resulted in widely-known pieces like Lawren Harris’ North Shore, and Arthur Lismer’s Sombre Isle of Pic.
The same things that make Algoma Country such a great painting destination also make it a wonderful place to take photographs.
Add the fact that much of the landscape appears as it did 100 years ago and living, playing, and photographing in Algoma Country is particularly rewarding.
I recently discovered that the Group of Seven’s AY Jackson was co-owner of a log cabin on Sandy Beach near Wawa.
Throughout the 1950s, he was often seen painting the coastal landscape around Michipicoten.
With the recent resurgence of interest in Canada’s premier landscape artists, more than a half a dozen AY Jackson paintings from the Michipicoten area have been rediscovered.
- James Smedley