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Abandoned Alberta 


'Abandoned Alberta I'

The stunning images found in Abandoned Alberta offer a window into our past, showing life as it was then, and stirring in us the emotions of wonder and curiosity about those who have gone before us and the lives they lived.


Joe Chowaniec started the Facebook page Abandoned Alberta in January 2017, which today has more than 46,000 members. Alberta is in Joe Chowaniec's blood, and you might say Abandoned Alberta is his love letter to the province. Where others may see only decay and rot in these long-forgotten locations, Chowaniec sees exquisite beauty.


HAUNTING

"Every time one of Joe's photos pops up in my social media, I admire his skill, imagine his excitement as the shutter clicked and smile. In Abandoned Alberta, he aims that talented eye at the remnants of days gone by and captures a haunting and sublime tribute to the province he knows so well and loves so much." BILL WEIR, CNN climate correspondent and host of the TV series The Wonder List


EVOCATIVE

"Thoughtful and evocative. Joe Chowaniec understands the hidden beauty in dereliction and decay." TIMOTHY ALLEN, BBC Photographer, Planet Earth series the Human Planet


'Abandoned Alberta II'

In Abandoned Alberta II, Joe Chowaniec continues his travels in Wild Rose country, uncovering even more hidden gems along the way. These extraordinary images provide a window into times when life seemed simpler, stirring in us the emotions of wonder and curiosity about those who have gone before us and the lives they lived. Where others may see only decay and rot in these abandoned places, Chowaniec sees stunning beauty.


From barns located in the rolling foothills of the Rocky Mountains to homesteads in the badlands around Drumheller, discover the rich history and untold stories of abandoned places. Visit the stone hall near Shandro, the ghost towns of southern Alberta, Ogilvie Flour Mill in Medicine Hat and the Sunnyslope Sandstone Shelter near Three Hills; it is all here. This is a photographic journey that will take you from one corner of the province to the other. Come along for the ride. You will be glad you did.


ELEGANT

There is a palpable sense of emotion one feels when looking at Joe’s images of abandoned places. With these photographs, I see quiet beauty. What once was new, vibrant, or busy is now still and reclaimed by nature. There is an elegant peacefulness in his work. — Brian Skerry, National Geographic photographer


BEAUTIFUL

More than just images of buildings, but of a way of life captured that has gone forever. Hard, tough, beautiful. When people lived more in tune with nature. — Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE






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