MARCH 2 TO MAY 30, 2017

Whether it’s five days or five generations,
we are all part of the Fernie community.  

Ask the residents of Fernie why they chose to live in Fernie, and the resounding response is the community.  But who is this community?  Fernie is world-renowned for its outdoor lifestyle, but the people who live here are from a homogenous group of action-sports thrill seekers.

Kyle Hamilton, a Fernie photographer, wanted to explore further who theses people are that make Fernie the community that it is.  His initial goal was to create a portrait of every man, woman, and child who is a resident of Fernie in a one-year time span.  Three years into the project, he has just now captured over 1000 portraits. All of the portraits are captured in black and white, with similar lighting, in a studio setting, so that the viewer is forced to focus on the individual.

To celebrate Canada’s 150th, he has selected 150 portraits to show the diversity of our community.


150 Fernie-ites, 150 Canadians

Scroll down and click any of the portraits below to explore their unique stories.


About the photographer, Kyle Hamilton

Born in 1981 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Kyle Hamilton has carved out his niche as a photographer in the Kootenays.  Influenced in his approach by the likes of Chris Burkard, Nathan Elson, and Jordan Manley, Hamilton has taught himself the art, and science, of photography.

Recent works have been published in Canadian Geographic, Forecast Ski Magazine and Ski Canada.  He has also been commissioned for commercial work by Trans Canada Trail, Elan Skis, and the City of Fernie.  His landscape work can be found in private collections around the world.

The Fernie Museum wishes to thank Kyle for donating the 150 portraits exhibited to the Museum’s collections.