For the last nine years RICHARD JOHNSON has been taking pictures of ice huts – those little cabins found on the frozen waters of Canada’s northland. The huts are occupied by local anglers, who while away the hours hoping for a nibble on their fishing lines dropped through a hole in the ice “floor”.
<Ice Hut # 504, Shields, Blackstrap Lake, Saskatchewan, 2011>
<Ice Hut # 497, Anglin Lake, Saskatchewan, 2011> Inside it’s cozy and warm; outside temperatures can sometimes hover around -40°. With a stiff wind blowing there’s a real danger out there of frost bite, and winter storms can move in without warning.
<Ice Hut # 665, Deer Lake, Newfoundland, 2014>
Richard Johnson’s TORONTO gallery and digital photo printing centre is located at 894 Broadview Avenue, a short walk north of Danforth Avenue. You’ll find more ice hut photography at http://www.icehuts.ca . . . . ALL IMAGES © Richard Johnson