Morant’s Curve Bow Valley Banff


Recently Sold: Morant’s Curve Bow Valley Banff

A recently sold copy of “Morant’s Curve Bow Valley Banff National Park Canada” by Edward M. Fielding is heading to a collector’s home in Buffalo, NY.  The buyer choose a classic black frame and white mat with the image printed on Luster Photo Paper and covered with unbreakable clear acrylic.

 

Morant's Curve Bow Valley Banff National Park Canada
Morant’s Curve Bow Valley Banff National Park Canada
  • Morant’s Curve Bow Valley Banff National Park Canada
  • Image Size:36.000″ x 20.250″
  • ‘Total Size:42.75″ x 27″
  • Print Material:Luster Photo Paper
  • Frame: 710BLK – Modern Classics – Black – 710 Profile (710BLK)
  • Top Mat:Arctic White
  • Finishing:1/8″ Clear Acrylic – Foam Core Mounting

This version of Morant’s curve is special because it includes a freight train rambling through the Bow Valley and through Banff National Park outside of Calgary, Canada.  We had a week in the Banff area and just happened upon this spot while driving around and exploring.  As luck would have it, there was a break in the overcast skies and a train chugging up the valley as we scrambled up a hill to get a view.  The train in the photograph was actually the second train spotted.  The first pasted us in the woods as we drove along to the look put point.  Luckily we stuck around long enough to see the second train.

Bow Valley is a valley located along the upper Bow River in Alberta, Canada.  The name “Bow” refers to the reeds that grew along its banks and which were used by the local First Nations peoples to make bows; the Peigan name for the river is “Makhabn”, meaning “river where bow weeds grow”.

Nicholas Morant was a photographer for the Canadian Pacific Railway.  This particular point on the mainline became known as “Morant’s Curve” as it was one of his favorite photo spots.

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Morant’s Curve is named for Nicholas Morant, a staff photographer for the Canadian Pacific Railway. For 44 years, he crisscrossed the country on passenger trains. He photographed hotels, steamships, trucks, airplanes, oil wells, and mines, for the CPR. He chronicled the times, writing for the company magazine as well as photographing developments on the railway. His photos have been used on the backs of $10, $50 and $100 Canadian bills. Morant and Yousuf Karsh are the only photographers named to the Order of Canada. More than 12 000 of his images can be found in the CPR archives. http://blog.buzzbishop.com/travel/alberta-2/banff/morants-curve/