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Vast Landscapes: The Photography Portfolio of Jim Friesen

A photo of a street in WinnipegWinnipeg Street #3

Jim Friesen is a photographer who captures vast landscapes and urban locales, often casting these seemingly disparate subjects in a strikingly similar light. The artist’s photographs tend to picture spaces devoid of human figures, though when people do appear, they’re often alone, or aloof.

A photo of a desolate road in icelandB&W Road and Hill


There seems to be an overall sense of quiet isolation in Jim’s photography portfolio. Two of Jim’s recent photographic series, taken in Winnipeg and Iceland, respectively, call to mind photographs by Ted Diamond. In the series Scenes from the Ring Road, taken along a roadway in Iceland, the artist’s camera captures views of an expanse that seems to go on forever, indifferent to the human intervention of a paved roadway.

The art portfolio website of Jim FriesenJim's photography portfolio website,


In Jim’s Winnipeg Streets series, there’s a similar sense of indifference – large, looming man-made structures take up the biggest stretch of the photo plane, while lonely human figures, often dwarfed by these structures, wander beneath. Jim’s photographs serve as an interesting, and perhaps less widely-considered viewpoint of his locations.

A photo of river rapids in IcelandB&W Rapids River

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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