Sanseverino climbing mountains to understand mountains

Ladysmith Camera Club hosts Mountain Legacy Project shooter to talk Canada’s changing wilderness

Ladysmith Camera Club invites you to take an image-rich trip into mountain landscape discovery with photographer, mountaineer and researcher Mary Sanseverino.

A member of the Mountain Legacy Project, Mary’s must-see presentation entitled “Let the Images Speak: Historic Re-photography in the Canadian Mountain West” will unpack the interdisciplinary practices and photographic techniques that let the images of the MPL speak.

For 20 years, the MLP has been using repeat photography to examine landscape level change in the Canadian mountain west. Using historical glass plate images from 1888 to 1950, the MLP teams determine where the original images were taken, then undertake the many challenges to revisit the original location and re-photograph the scene as accurately as possible.

Using techniques refined by the MLP researchers over the years, the historic and modern images are precisely aligned, analyzed, and made available for use by scholars, students, government agencies, the public at large.

Sanseverino is a Teaching Professor Emerita in the Department of Computer Science at UVic. In 2010 she was honoured with the University of Victoria’s Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching and Educational Leadership. In 2003 she received the Faculty of Engineering’s award for teaching excellence.

A long-time mountaineer and photographer, Mary’s other research interests have involved work with computational photography, making her a good fit with the Mountain Legacy Project. She has been associated with the project since 2010, going out into the field in 2012 and 2014 through 2018.

Her presentation is scheduled for Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m., in Hardwick Hall, High Street at 3rd Avenue in Ladysmith. Everyone welcome. Non-members $5 drop-in fee. LCC invites new members, novice to pro. Check the club’s website for more information.

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