Photo Credit: Jim Commodore

Photo Credit: Jim Commodore

Gravity Espresso and Wine bar

Jeremy Fokkens
Back to the Land

February 1 - March 31
Opening Reception February 8, 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Jeremy Fokkens is a self-taught Calgary-based photographer who has travelled the world photographing people, their cultures and the environments they live in. Those international travels and living abroad inspired Fokkens to explore his own country with fresh eyes, a 97 Tacoma truck and a paper map. 

In August 2014, Fokkens began his ten year photographic journey travelling to small towns and remote areas with a plan to visit all ten provinces and three territories across Canada photographing the people that call these places home. Fokkens was not interested in the big cities or the tourist attractions, he wanted to meet the people that make this country what it is today and to show a different face of Canada. He sought out people who farm, fish, keep bees and run local stores in their day-to-day rural life. He learned that the people he met cared about where they came from, and respected their way of life and the surrounding communities. 

“Rural and small town sensibility is the same around the world whether you’re in Korea or Alaska. People are kind to their neighbours, they watch over each other and to them it is as natural as breathing. There is a sense of going back to your roots and remembering where it all started and that we’re in this life together. That is what Back to the Land represents”. 

The exhibition will consist of 10 LARGE portraits and stories from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and B.C. displayed in Gravity Espresso and Wine Bar.