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Lionel Stevenson.

Charlottetown, Ragweed Press, c1982.
32pp, paper, $7.50.
ISBN 0-920304-09-5.

All Ages.
Reviewed by Clare A. Darby.

Volume 10 Number 4.
1982 November.

In twenty-eight black-and-white photos, Lionel Stevenson captures more of the Island's essence than any CBC special ever produced. Oh, the horse and buggy are still there (or here) all right, and so are the dilapidated buildings and cars, but Stevenson sees them for what they are, realities of Island life, not symbols of poverty or pleas for larger transfer payments.

One reality of Island life is contrast, and Stevenson captures this in many of his pictures. For example, a photo entitled "Tignish Run" depicts a fishing boat tied up at the wharf and in the background is an old bait shed, sans windows, sans doors, sans most of its cedar shingles, grudgingly giving way to a new concrete and steel replacement. This same contrast is seen in "Hope River" where the background is a saddle-backed old saw mill and the foreground two mail boxes, one on a wooden stake, the other (with the latest national flag decal on its side) on a newly rust-proofed steel pipe.

The more you study these photos of beaches, pastures, streets, and the working people who give them meaning, the more you will see. I only wish you could see them in colour and in person on Prince Edward Island.

Clare A. Darby, Three Oaks S. H. S., Summerside, PEI.
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