Oct 12, 2017

Autumn Colours in Medicine Hat, Alberta

Autumn is a very short season in Medicine Hat, Alberta. However, there is a brief window before the overnight frost starts to arrive, where the changing leaves become a diverse and vibrant array of orange, red, yellow, and green. Most of these images were shot in late September just before snow arrived and changed these autumn scenes into winter practically overnight.

Autumn Medicine Hat Alberta Fall Colours


Autumn Medicine Hat Alberta Fall Colours

Autumn Medicine Hat Alberta Fall Colours


Autumn Medicine Hat Alberta Fall Colours
Autumn Medicine Hat Alberta Fall Colours

Autumn Medicine Hat Alberta Fall Colours
Autumn Medicine Hat Alberta Fall Colours


Autumn Medicine Hat Alberta Fall Colours
Autumn Medicine Hat Alberta Fall Colours

Autumn Medicine Hat Alberta Fall Colours


Autumn Medicine Hat Alberta Fall Colours
Autumn Medicine Hat Alberta Fall Colours

Autumn Medicine Hat Alberta Fall Colours
Autumn Medicine Hat Alberta Fall Colours
Autumn Medicine Hat Alberta Fall Colours





Oct 9, 2017

MHHS As It Was: Official Book Release

This weekend marked the long awaited release of my photo book MHHS As It Was. After months of work spent putting the book together, several months more of having it printed, and a month of shipments and deliveries, it's with a lot of excitement and relief that I'm proud to say that the book is finally out there and in the hands of all those who first wanted one.  

MHHS As It Was Book Luke Fandrich


The MHHS As It Was photo book features an exclusive series of images that I shot in 2015 and 2016 of my former high school in Medicine Hat, Alberta. It was part of a thorough exploration I documented of the massive building before the school was modernized and partially demolished in the year that followed.

The new high school which re-opened this September has now been completely transformed, turning a series of architectural photographs into a final archival record of where so many of us spent some of our most formative years. Significant portions of the old school had looked (largely) the same since the 1960s, so as you can imagine there were thousands of graduates over the last five decades who shared a connection to this place 'As It Was'.  

MHHS As It Was Book Luke Fandrich
It was with this nostalgia in mind that I set out to create this photo book. Originally I thought I could potentially sell a couple hundred copies to help finance the work that would go into the idea. It's important to note that this book was an original Editing Luke project. From the photo shoots to the proof and publishing costs to the promotion and pre-order sales, this was an entirely self-financed endeavor and not something that Medicine Hat High School paid me to create. That being said, the school was incredibly supportive of the idea and book from the get-go. 

To say this project was a success would be an understatement. The response to the photo book, which was promoted exclusively through the Editing Luke website and social media channels, sold over 1000 copies while in pre-order. To put it another way, I had already sold all of my available stock before the boxes of books had even started to arrive from the publisher. For a local project as specific as this, one that people hadn't even been able to flip through the pages of yet, that was an incredible (and totally unexpected) achievement!  


MHHS As It Was Book Luke Fandrich

Orders for MHHS As It Was came in from across Canada and the United States, and were even shipped as far away as Australia. This weekend marked the final stage of the release where local pre-orders from all over the city were picked up in the brand new Medicine Hat High School. 

With nearly 300 people coming through the doors on Friday and Saturday to get their pre-ordered books, it was an amazing opportunity to hear stories, sign a few copies, and even cross paths with some of my former grad class. To sum up the entire experience is difficult, but in a word it's been humbling. The support, the feedback, the number of copies sold, etc. have all exceeded the expectations I had for this project and I'm incredibly thankful. Really, thank you!

Medicine Hat High School New

If you'd like to get your hands on one of the limited edition copies of MHHS As It Was the last several hundred books are available exclusively at Medicine Hat High School while supplies last. The books are $30 each and can be purchased in the main office or school store. They make great gifts, and are sure to have you reminiscing about stories you haven't talked about in years.   


Oct 7, 2017

U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Alabama

To stand in the presence of so many technological achievements is an undeniable rush when visiting a place like the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. From the Apollo Program to the Space Shuttle to countless other NASA artifacts, you can't fully appreciate your scale in the grand scheme of things until you've stood directly beneath a Saturn V - the rocket that launched a total of 24 astronauts to the moon.

US Space Rocket Center Huntsville AlabamaOne of the most incredible displays at the museum is the Saturn V Dynamic Test Vehicle within the Davidson Center for Space Exploration. The rocket is elevated above the floor on its side with the separated stages and engines exposed. It's an awe-inspiring sight and it gave me the same rush I experienced when first viewing the Space Shuttle Endeavour in Los Angeles. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center truly is a remarkable facility to explore.

US Space Rocket Center Huntsville Alabama

US Space Rocket Center Huntsville Alabama
Saturn V Rocket Exhibit

US Space Rocket Center Huntsville Alabama


US Space Rocket Center Huntsville Alabama


US Space Rocket Center Huntsville Alabama


US Space Rocket Center Huntsville Alabama
US Space Rocket Center Huntsville Alabama


US Space Rocket Center Huntsville Alabama

US Space Rocket Center Huntsville Alabama

US Space Rocket Center Huntsville Alabama
Space Shuttle Pathfinder
US Space Rocket Center Huntsville Alabama

US Space Rocket Center Huntsville Alabama
Saturn V Rocket

US Space Rocket Center Huntsville Alabama

US Space Rocket Center Huntsville Alabama
US Space Rocket Center Huntsville Alabama


US Space Rocket Center Huntsville Alabama

US Space Rocket Center Huntsville Alabama
US Space Rocket Center Huntsville Alabama


US Space Rocket Center Huntsville Alabama

US Space Rocket Center Huntsville Alabama

US Space Rocket Center Huntsville Alabama
US Space Rocket Center Huntsville Alabama

US Space Rocket Center Huntsville Alabama

US Space Rocket Center Huntsville Alabama
US Space Rocket Center Huntsville Alabama
US Space Rocket Center Huntsville Alabama


US Space Rocket Center Huntsville Alabama