Local photographer Darrel Giesbrecht has been posting amazing photos to the I Love the Okanagan group on Flickr (as okanaganboy) for a couple of years. Earlier this year I assembled a gallery of some his shots based on the theme serenity. I saw a real sense of calm and peacefulness in his work, and I suspect that this sense goes beyond how the scenes appear — they convey the actual experience of serenity, and probably capture something of Darrel’s personal journey.
Some of the pictures have the standard elements we associate with calming effects: water, forests and emptiness. But they strike me as unique views of familiar landscapes, and others explicitly include people as part of the experience of landscape, enjoying a type of spiritual connection with beautiful places. It’s impossible to encompass the full scope of Darrel’s work in a short profile, but you can check out his stuff online and exhibits up and down the valley. He’s shown his pictures in several local venues including the Rotary Center for the Arts.