TREX Mountain Man
Available Periods 6 to 10 (2018)

While recovering from a gunshot wound to his left thigh in 1904, Frederick Herbert (Bert) Riggall (1884-1959) came across an image that would alter his life’s course; a photograph of a mountain ram standing on a cliff and gazing out over the Rocky Mountains. In his diary Riggall wrote, “I want to see what the ram sees. I’ve decided on Canada.” Later that year he left his hometown of Grimsby, England, and arrived in Calgary on March 26, 1904. He looked to the mountains and decided to travel west no further. He had found what he described as a ‘Canadian Switzerland.’

Like many pioneers, Riggall was an industrious and resourceful individual. By 1910 he had established a homestead near the Kootenai Lakes and a mountain guide and pack train business.
An avid photographer, Riggall kept a camera with him during his excursions. He captured hundreds of images ranging from vast panoramas of mountain peaks to more intimate shots of flora and fauna.

In this exhibition, 13 of Bert Riggall’s panoramas of the trails along the continental divide are presented alongside 3 close-up images of wildflowers that he hand-tinted. Together these images beautifully convey the work of a man who had an enduring explorative spirit, keen interest in naturalism and profound connection to the land. 

Curated by Shannon Bingeman, Alberta Society of Artists (TREX Region 3) 

Exhibition Information

1 artist
16 framed photographs
2 didactic panels
75 running feet
2 crates
75 running feet