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Badlands are strange, fantastical places where the mind can ponder how the never-ending work of the forces of nature can so thoroughly transform flat prairieland.
For Canadian photographer Frank King, these forces set his compositional imagination free to create a powerful portfolio of Dinosaur Provincial Park, which he considers to be the prime badlands in the southern half of the Canadian province of Alberta.
From weird, stringy vegetation to eye-popping landforms and soap opera skies, Frank has wandered far and wide over the park to capture its most impressive and intimate features.
He particularly enjoys visiting after a fresh winter snowfall, when landforms become mystical shapes that few people have ever seen before.
Frank's other self-published books include Ireland: Visions of Light, Illuminations and the Seasons of Light series: Greenwood, Southern Ontario and Alberta.
For more than 30 years, Frank King has juggled making pictures with his career, first in journalism and now as Communications Manager with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada/Samaritan's Purse Canada. Besides Ireland, he's photographed extensively in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. His awards include Best in Show at the 1982 Markham Fair and Honourable Mention in the 2010 Calgary Stampede Photo Competition. His work has been featured in calendars by CBC Radio (Calgary), the Calgary Herald, Beautiful British Columbia magazine and the Irish Canadian Society of Calgary. He lives in Calgary, Alberta with wife Lori and an eccentric cat. "Frank is one of those rare people ... who makes each of his wonderful images seem like a masterpiece, with great care given to the details, as well as the overall composition and statement." -- Photographer Ed Brodzinsky, flickr.com