Silver Ghost, 2005-2007
Silver Ghost is an homage to the Atlantic salmon and its rivers. The title evokes both the physical and spiritual nature of this most magnificent of game fish and its native rivers. It also refers to the medium of black and white photography used here to fix the fleeting images of this elusive species and its mercurial habitat. Finally, the title alludes to the looming fate of the Atlantic salmon if the current anthropogenic forces of extinction are not reversed.
Thaddeus Holownia has travelled to the major salmon rivers of eastern Canada, in all seasons, to capture their essential qualities. Employing his signature, large-format 7"x17" view camera, his images memorialize and celebrate the riparian habitat of the Atlantic salmon: its geology, forests, pools and runs, as well as its cultural artifacts. Among the rivers being featured are the Pinware in Labrador, Humber in Newfoundland, the Margaree in Cape Breton, the Miramichi, Upsalquich and Restigouche in New Brunswick, the Grand Cascapedia in Gaspe, and the Penobscot in Maine.