In 2000, Doug Derksen suffered a painful back injury that resulted in nearly a decade of extremely limited mobility. Through his journey of recovery, Derksen turned to photography as a means of therapy and healing. In his photographs, familiar landscapes like the Brandon Hills, Souris Bend Prairie, and Riding Mountain National Park are presented in ways that emphasize the natural beauty of these everyday scenes.
Doug Derksen is a photographer who is particularly drawn to the quality of light and quietness of the natural world. In his photographs, familiar landscapes in the Westman region are presented in ways that emphasize the beauty of everyday scenes. Derksen’s patience, persistence, and timing combine to make visible his connection to the land. As a self-taught photographer, Derksen seeks to capture the essence of life, beyond the physical and tangible realms.