The Sudbury Star – Thursday, May 23

New photography book is about learning


The Sudbury Star

Thursday, May 23, 2013 6:09:56 EDT AM

As one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, La Cloche Mountains is a source of inspiration for many artists, including photographer Jon Butler.

A zen practitioner and retired newspaper executive, Butler lives in the village of Willisville in the heart of La Cloche.

He has enjoyed and captured the beauty of the landscape through his camera lens for decades.

Butler’s latest book of photography, La Cloche Spirit Contemplating Beginner’s Mind, “is about learning,” he writes in the book’s introduction.

“Learning about photography and photographs that communicate with the viewer. Learning about life and beauty that awaits us every, single day. Learning about a path that leads to everyone’s Willisville Mountain.”

Each photograph in the book is accompanied by a personal reflection in the form of a haiku poem like “A beginner’s mind sees the endless beauty in a blade of grass.”

An autographed copy of the book and a limited edition photograph are available together as the La Cloche Spirit package. The package is available at the Art Gallery of Sudbury and Turners in Little Current for $180.

Butler’s photographs are in private and corporate collections in Canada and the U.S. They have appeared in numerous publications, books, newspaper and even album covers.

La Cloche Spirit and Butler’s other books are available at

For more information about Jon Butler and his work, go to



About jonbutlerphoto

Jon Butler is a Zen practitioner, haiku poet, photographer and retired newspaper executive who changed his clothes to enjoy the passing seasons of life. He has been capturing and enjoying the natural light of La Cloche for more than 35 years. He concentrates on solitary, contemplative landscapes, natural colour and atmospheric effects. In 2015 Jon began creating a series of Photomontage prints using his original photographs. It is an opportunity to explore a sequence of dreams or dreams of a sequence. Jon and his wife Kerry summer on Charlton Lake located in the heart of the La Cloche Mountains. They are founding members of the La Cloche Mountains Preservation Society and the Willisville Mountain Project, dedicated to preserve Willisville Mountain and the beauty of La Cloche. The books ‘Visions of La Cloche, Contemplating La Cloche with Words and Photographs’ and 'La Cloche Spirit: Contemplating Beginner's Mind' are still available online at Jon’s exhibit ‘La Cloche Spirit: The Equivalent Light’ was part of the Toronto international photography show CONTACT2012 before exhibiting in Gore Bay and Sudbury in 2012. Jon’s photographs are available at Turners Gallery of Little Current, The Art Gallery of Sudbury shop and the Killarney Park Store.
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