reginasecretspaces
CPRC, University of Regina, 2006 
Cover photo: Don Hall

For many writers language is home; my own closest understanding of the world comes from language as it reaches deep to express, or comes close to expressing, our common and uncommon human experience.  Another way of understanding the world is through the “built environment,” the structures our culture has created in the past  and those, as a society, we are building in the present.

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The “Secret Regina” project is one very special to me, encompassing as it does the reality of the many special relationship Reginans have with the “built environment,” and the “wilds” remaining.  The sites, rendered in the immediacy of heartfelt language and photographic images, explore and evoke the raison d’etre of the connections individuals have with these specific locations, providing all of us with a greater and deeper sense of Regina.

Excerpts from Anne Campbell’s introduction

 “What Regina’s Secret Spaces sets out to capture is neither  disengaged or aesthetically clean, but messy, dynamic, and particular. All of those things are hard and sometimes impossible to capture with either language or images, but that’s okay … the authors of Regina’s Secret Spaces may have provided a new blueprint for getting it.”

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