This collection of photographs dates to the beginning of my journey as a visual artist in the early 1990’s.

After a few years as a photojournalist I began experimenting with creating my own narrative in photographs I made with women. As a self-taught photographer, I was shocked when I realized that in studying centuries of art so few of the sculptures, paintings, drawings and photographs of women were made by women. And the spirit of being a woman outside of the male gaze was sorely lacking. CS Lewis wrote, “ we read to know we are not alone.” Late in the 20th century I also felt we needed to see to know we are not alone. That was what inspired this collection of images.

"You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself."

Glinda the Good Witch, Wizard of Oz

Other Projects

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    THE BEACON PROJECT

    The Beacon Project is a series of multimedia creations in collaboration with Indigenous communities along The Great Trail. A companion piece to the feature documentary 500 Days in the Wild.

  • 500 Days
    500 DAYS IN THE WILD

    Feature film 500 Days in the Wild is an unfolding story that ebbs and flows between documentary and adventure film, along the longest trail in the world – the 24,000 km Great Trail (the Trans Canada Trail).

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    THIS LAND

    An award winning documentary, book and interactive project by Dianne Whelan about a 2000 km journey in the High Arctic.
    Film and Interactive Produced by the NFB Film with soundtrack by Tanya Tagaq.

  • 40days
    40 DAYS AT BASECAMP

    Each spring, over eight hundred climbers attempt to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. Some make it to the top of what is considered the world’s most majestic mountain, but others are not so lucky, and in the attempt to reach the elusive summit, many more have tragically lost their lives.

  • Arctic. Ellesmere Island. 2007
    NATURA

    This collection of photos is inspired by the earth. When you listen to her, she speaks.

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    WAKING EVE

    This collection of b/w photographs dates to the beginning of my journey as a visual artist in the early 1990’s.