Photo Essays | Oct 10, 2018 | By Sumeep Bath, Communications Manager

Experience the World’s Freshwater Laboratory through the Eyes of James Culleton

Late in the 2018 research season, we invited Winnipeg-based artist and designer James Culleton, to spend some time out at IISD Experimental Lakes Area to experience it in all its majesty, and let us experience it anew through his eyes.

Below is just a taste of the artwork he came up with during his time as our very first Artist in Residence. We love his fresh approach to some of our favourite lakes and characters and hope you will too.

Want to learn more about James? Visit his website, follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

Want to purchase some of the images below, either as prints or originals? Contact him directly at info@jamesculleton.com.

Fish studied as part of our classic Acid Rain study of the 1970s.

Fish studied as part of our classic Acid Rain study of the 1970s.

The iconic IISD-ELA cairn.

The iconic IISD-ELA cairn.

Cyndy Desjardins samples one of our lakes.

Cyndy Desjardins samples one of our lakes.

A docked boat at IISD-ELA's Lake 239.

A docked boat at IISD-ELA’s Lake 239.

An artistic retelling of the 'Great' Fire of 1980 at IISD Experimental Lakes Area.

An artistic retelling of the ‘Great’ Fire of 1980 at IISD Experimental Lakes Area.

 

Dinner's ready at IISD-ELA's canteen—Hungry Hall.

Dinner’s ready at IISD-ELA’s canteen—Hungry Hall.

IISD-ELA's chemistry laboratory in the early days.

IISD-ELA’s chemistry laboratory in the early days.

Lake 223 as it has never been seen before.

Lake 223 as it has never been seen before.

Out on Lake 223 to visit the weather station.

Out on Lake 223 to visit the weather station.

The beautiful vastness of Lake 223.

The beautiful vastness of Lake 223.

Looking out across the dock (of the bay) at Lake 239.

Looking out across the dock (of the bay) at Lake 239.

Ready to set out on to Lake 240 at IISD-ELA.

Ready to set out on to Lake 240 at IISD-ELA.

Floating Treatment Wetlands (otherwise known as Nature's Boxed Beauties) out on Lake 260, sopping up nutrients.

Floating Treatment Wetlands (otherwise known as Nature’s Boxed Beauties) out on Lake 260, sopping up nutrients.

Snippets of Cabin Five at IISD Experimental Lakes Area.

Snippets of Cabin Five.

Lunchtime chatter during a well-earned break at the world's freshwater laboratory.

Lunchtime chatter during a well-earned break at the world’s freshwater laboratory.

The Campbell-Stokes Sunshine Recorder at our Meteorological Site.

The Campbell-Stokes Sunshine Recorder at our Meteorological Site.

Mike Paterson takes his backpack out to check the weather at our Meteorological Site.

Mike Paterson takes his backpack out to check the weather at our Meteorological Site.

Mysis, which disappeared from an acid rain-blighted lake back in 1970s has just been reintroduced back into a lake to celebrate our fiftieth year.

Mysis, which disappeared from an acid rain-blighted lake back in 1970s has just been reintroduced back into a lake to celebrate our fiftieth year.

A Northern Black Bullhead looking joyful.

A Northern Black Bullhead looking joyful.

Just a smattering of some of our wonderful staff and students.

Just a smattering of some of our wonderful staff and students.

… and some more …

… oh, and a few more!

A sketch of a 1974 photo of Rawson Lake.

A sketch of a 1974 photo of Rawson Lake.

One of the cabins known as Schindlers Cabin, affectionately named after IISD-ELA legend David Schindler.

One of the cabins known as Schindlers Cabin, affectionately named after IISD-ELA legend David Schindler.

Some of the equipment on which we depend heavily in our chemistry laboratory.

Some of the equipment on which we depend heavily in our chemistry laboratory.

Some of the equipment on which we depend heavily in our chemistry laboratory.

Some of the equipment on which we depend heavily in our chemistry laboratory.

Some of the equipment on which we depend heavily in our chemistry laboratory.

Some of the equipment on which we depend heavily in our chemistry laboratory.

Some of the equipment on which we depend heavily in our chemistry laboratory.

Some of the equipment on which we depend heavily in our chemistry laboratory.

Learning how to use a seine net out on the lakes at IISD-ELA.

Learning how to use a seine net out on the lakes at IISD-ELA.

Exactly what it looks like—a detail of tree bark out at IISD-ELA.

Exactly what it looks like—a detail of tree bark out at IISD-ELA.

 

A Yellow Perch giving us his best angle.

A Yellow Perch giving us his best angle.