Drumheller's Dinosaur Downs Speedway played host to a special guest earlier this month.
 
Professional photographer George Webber, whose work is featured in galleries all around the world, came to shoot the stock car races on the June 3-4 weekend.
 
"Drumheller was the first place that I sort of engaged in seriously as a photographer," he explained. "Creative work is often about exploring: it's about looking for the things that maybe aren't the obvious things, things that are a bit below the surface, and I think those things were enormously influenced by my childhood in Drumheller."
 
Webber was born in the valley and his family moved to Calgary when he was six or seven years old, but he still maintains his local roots.
 
"As an adult, when you look back you have a great affection for these parts of your history," he told 99.5 Drum FM. "Also, for me, a big part of it has been because so much has changed here that I have kind of a yearning to get this stuff recorded before it actually disappears."
 
Webber has produced a number of books over his career, including one devoted to photographs of the Badlands. His work has also been featured in a number of leading magzines in the USA and Canada.
 
"If you go to major museums in Germany, Switzerland, France and Australia you'll see black and white photographs that I took within a stone's throw of where you're sitting right now, and that's kind of special, I think."
 
To learn more about George Webber, check out his website. His latest photographs from the Drumheller races will be featured in Calgary's 'Swerve' Magazine on August 11.
 
 

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