A Lifetime of Work, Showcased

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Friends gathered at the Art Gallery of Algoma to support local author, poet and photographer Gordon Stone during his book signing on Saturday afternoon.

Stone’s book, Nature Speaks, Are You Listening?, is a compilation of his work throughout his life, featuring photos from around the Algoma Region as well as some of Stone’s poetry.

Stone, who was born in Halifax and moved to the Sault 49 years ago for a job in forestry, said he’s always been inspired by nature.

“I didn’t create it – God created it. It’s natural,” he said. “If you let it, any image will speak to you – just be willing and do not criticize (the process).”

With the help of his granddaughter Valerie King, and Cliffs Printing, the book was put together in just a year’s time.

“To see him have this moment, and to have sort of his swan song and his compliation of a lifetime of poetry writing, and half a lifetime of photography, and to put it together, was really special,” she told SaultOnline.

King, who grew up in Bruce Mines, said, as a child, Stone would take her out identifying various leaves and plants, which taught her an appreciation and love of nature.

She said helping her grandfather with this book taught her a few things about him she didn’t know – such as how rebellious he is with his writing and photography, that he’s been writing poetry since he was a young boy, and just how much they have in common.

“I didn’t know that he’d been writing poetry since he was a young boy, that was a surprise to me, that he’s always been writing, that’s just what he does. That’s how he expresses creativity. So that was super exciting,” she explained. “And that we had some things in common – that little streak of rebellion and that love of nature – I didn’t know that growing up necessarily, and so to have bonded over the creation of this book was really special.”

Stone says he hopes people can resonate with nature through his creative side and “get in touch with reality and let their eyes and their feelings speak.”

Anyone interested in purchasing this book can do so by visiting the Art Gallery of Algoma or the Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site. Books are $30 each.