Shelter: Canadian Ice Huts

One man has trekked across nearly every province in Canada photographing simple fishing shelters
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Mar 30, 2015 | By HB HQ

hotographer Richard Johnson has spent the past eight winters traveling through nine of Canada's ten provinces taking photos of ice fishermen's huts. The deserted shacks against the desolate background of Canada's most remote territories creates a strikingly beautiful scene. “It is architecture at its most primitive level,” he says. “It’s shelter. It’s portable. It’s made by the owners of the hut. It’s not pretentious. It is a solution. Every single person needs heat.”

When asked why he enjoys photographing such simple structures he says, “For me, these are really portraits of the individual. But the individual is not present.” [H]

Images ©: Richard JohnsonThe New York Times