Chris Harris is a professional freelance photographer. Since leaving a career of wilderness guiding; pioneering outdoor adventure tourism; teaching; and educating youth in the outdoors both in the school system and working with youth at risk, Chris has been one of this country’s foremost and most respected photographers. Chris dedicates his photography to bringing awareness and reverence to the value of nature, biodiversity, and the beauty of his home region of British Columbia, the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast. The possibilities were endless in the aspen  forest but the simple diagonal line of the  Cow Parsnip stem drew my attention.   To simplify the composition, I compressed  the distance between each aspen tree by  using a telephoto lens. After a short portage in Bowron Lake Park,  British Columbia, I arrived at a mirror calm  Skoi Lake. Suddenly, this cow moose  surfaced for air after feeding on succulent  water lilies and fibrous roots on the lake  bottom. Moose are known to dive down as  much as eighteen feet when feeding upon  aquatic plants, but more frequently, browse  among willows. The word "moose" is  derived from the Algonquin name that  means "eater of twigs".   In the partnership of Chris Harris and Rita Giesbrecht, the commercial work of making images, publishing books, running a private gallery, along with the field trips to the back country of British Columbia to explore and capture that imagery, is not separate from the core values that define our days and our way of living. Everything we do in our business, as in our private life, is built on our personal mission to live life with appreciation, with passion, integrity and to uphold our highest vision. To the degree that you, as a visitor and participant in our world, find resonance and connection with the view that you find here, we welcome everyone to join us in this never-ending exploration of the bounty, beauty, and richness that we find on our planetary home, and especially here on the plateau. Visit us at our home and gallery in the Cariboo near 100 Mile House; just come up Highway 97 to the 105 Ranch and Back Valley Road. As they say in the Chilcotin, 'you can't miss it.' Chris Harris professional freelance photographer Box 333 108 Mile Ranch, V0K2Z0 BC photography phone: 250-791-6631 send an email While sitting by my campfire one evening, I glanced out at the evening light. I was appreciating the shapes of the  landscape set amidst the twilight blue when the red shape of my Chestnut cedar-canvas canoe caught my eye.  I took my camera and tripod to the lakeside and composed an image based on shapes. My silhouetted canoe  was one of those shapes. My eyes could see the canoe as a red shape but I knew the limitations of film would  only record it as a black one. I tried to visualize a new creative and artistic way to interpret what I saw and how I  felt that night. This creation, "Red Canoe at Dusk", was the result. Monet once said, "I neglect the rules of painting in order to do  what I feel". Likewise, as I walked through the forest this  particular day, I became more concerned with the 'feel' than the  'real', more interested with the suggested form of trees than their  actual shapes. By being mindful of how I felt, I conceived this  impressionistic image in my mind. I then composed the  composition carefully and set about creating this textured and  painterly photograph. This photographic montage is comprised  of 16 hand-held exposures, each out of register with the other.  'Forest Trail' was created along the portage trail between Kibbee  and Indianpoint Lakes in Bowron Lake Park, British Columbia.  I'll never forget the adrenalin rush when I  captured this incredible moment. I had  prepared for this split second for two hours,  composing and re-composing my two  camera bodies while checking and re-  checking the exposure. I knew I had one  chance. Finally I heard that reminiscent  sound as the Royal Hudson steam engine  made its way up Howe Sound between  North Vancouver and Squamish, British  Columbia. Closer and closer, louder and  louder. Then as No. 2860 entered the tunnel  ahead of me, my whole body soared with  excitement. Within an instant the Royal  Hudson burst out of the tunnel releasing  smoke and steam with tremendous power.  With precision timing I released both  shutters. Click, click, click . . . The magic of winter. St. Saviour's Church in  Barkerville has held services since it opened  September 18, 1870, making it the oldest  continuously used church in British  Columbia. The challenge I faced was how to  express those feelings I experienced when I  saw this historical church on a clear, -35°C  moonlit night. Using my camera and  personal vision, I pushed beyond the  parameters of ordinary documentation. The  visualization of a photograph from a scene  and knowing what procedures to make in  order to get the desired results is so very  important in the art of making pictures.  The print series ‘Magma’ is the result of two years  exploring, on foot and horse, the fifteen million year old  volcanic plateau and its mountain ranges which we know  as the Cariboo Chilcotin. This landscape, explored very seldom even by the people  who populate it, and virtually never by those living afar, is  usually compared by those seeing it for the first time to  landscapes more visually familiar, but in distant places.  It is with a jolt of revelation that we understand that the  images before us are created not more than a few hours of  where we live in British Columbia.  The Legacy Book Project All publications since 2006 are presented as a personal legacy to the world; a contribution by Chris Harris toward  a greater understanding, appreciation, and respect for the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region of British Columbia.  In this, the most recent series of publications by Chris Harris and Country Light Publishing, Chris has  collaborated with writers, scientists, and design artists who are themselves at the top of their fields.   Chris & Rita