One may wonder at the sanity, and willpower, of venturing into the heart of Gaspé in the middle of winter. Linda Rutenberg has both in spades, and the result of her photographic project is a perfect offering in the middle of sweltering summer. The book took three years winters, to complete, starting in March 2009. Rutenberg, an established photographer and former co-founder of (now extinct) Galerie Mistral, is the author of numerous books of photography. Her forte, and niche, has been for a while ultra-red imagery, but here purity reigns. The Gaspé, recently cited by a United Nations survey as one of the ten best tourist destinations in the world, proved to be a stunning and unlikely canvas. Looking at Rutenberg’s astounding photographs, the assessment seems almost trivial. Gaspé, the photographer explains, “is a Micmac word for « land’s end »”. This peninsula is the outermost advance into the sea of Québec’s mainland territory is, indeed, a unique and remote place, and not only in the distance it takes to reach it. Its landscape is like none other, and in Rutenberg’s lens, the land becomes a magical, mesperizing playground, with many surprises verging on the metaphysical. Here, the quotidian has been completely transmuted, and without the tactile to lead our senses, we are left agape at this otherworldly beauty. Painfully minimalist, pure in intention and expression, these are Linda Rutenberg’s best photographs to date.

« Mon pays, ce n’est pas un pays, c’est l’hiver. » Gilles Vigneault

More than 100 pates make up this collection, and the book is accompanied by an essay by Roger Leon.

THE GASPE PENINUSLA: LAND ON THE EDGE OF TIME
LINDA RUTENBERG
English language edition: Verve Editions Ltd.
2014, ISBN 978-0-9660352-6-1
$40.00

www.lindarutenberg.com(lien externe)

Photo credits: Linda Rutenberg

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Hommage to Jean-Paul Lemieux

 
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Quai, Percé

 
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Fish baskets, Chandler

 
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Fisherman’s huts, Gaspé

 
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Red shutters, Métis

 
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Linda Rutenberg with books

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