Thank you Peterborough & the Kawarthas and to all our fans from across the country and around the world! We are grateful!
Zach Baranowski, a 4th year Geography student at Trent University, has a hit Instagram account that has accumulated 10,500 fans since launching in Summer 2015.
Baranowski, a self-taught photographer, has a passion for the outdoors, the environment and promoting conservation which is displayed in his stunning photography of Peterborough and the Kawarthas.
"I attempt to inspire others to not only get active and outdoors but to fully appreciate and respect the wild world around them," Zach tells PTBOCanada of the photography on his Instagram account.
"My motivation to create things came from my Dad who was always making things with his hands, building things, and taking photos both digital and on film," Zach says.
Zach tells PTBOCanada that he believes photography is a great instrument to effect positive change:
"Looking at photographers such as Ansel Adams, Paul Nicklen and Chris Burkard, I saw how photography could be a powerful tool to create change. I had always been amazed by this planet, and with how a single photo could share a moment or experience, tell a story, or inspire an idea. I wanted to share this with others."
Zach gets thousands of likes on his Instagram posts, and says the social media platform has been great for his work as it helps him connect with thousands of like-minded people who share his message.
"The landscape of Peterborough and the Kawarthas and its surrounding area has always amazed me both as a photographer and a geographer," he says.
Zach loves all the hiking trails and conservation areas in the Kawarthas, but a favourite is the Warsaw Caves area, which provides dramatic landscapes...
Naturally, being a Trent student, he also posts beautiful pictures of the campus...
Peterborough's Carol Lawless is known for taking beautiful landscape and sky images on Instagram. As she explains to us, "In the fall of 2012, I started driving back and forth to Bobcaygeon for my job as editor of an independent newspaper, The Promoter. I began taking photos of the skies, fields and barns along the Pigeon Lake Road. It was fun for me and I always looked forward to my drive to Bobcaygeon early in the morning and when I would return home usually just before sunset. Pretty soon, I started recording the skies and landscapes of the cities and rural areas I visited when I became a features editor for kawarthaNOW and people looked forward to seeing where i was going, and who I was visiting...
"My friends Nancy Carter, Sylvia Davies and Andrew Wilton believe my photos are a record of Peterborough and the surrounding area," Lawless says, "so they decided to mount and frame the photos for my 50th birthday present." They called it Lawless Landscapes, and organized an exhibit to be shown at Chasing the Cheese in downtown Peterborough in August.
"What's interesting about this exhibit is that I have always taken the photos because they are as much as expression of what I am feeling as they are a record of the landscapes in the county and city of Peterborough," says Lawless.
Lawless Landscapes will be displayed at Chasing the Cheese in downtown Peterborough at 372 Water Street starting August 1 and running through August 24th.