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For the Photosensitive project, Life of Water, photographers were asked to present pictures of water in all its various forms. The variety of images surprised PhotoSensitive co-founder Andrew Stawicki. Said Andrew, "We had expected pictures of swimming, canoeing, kids playing in the sprinkler [but when submissions came in] the photographers' choices forced us to look at water in different ways." Images were submitted by 100 different photographers than across Canada. Images eventually found a home in a coffee table book and the exhibit captured national attention.

This was also the first exhibit to focus on a non-human subject and that seemed to liberate the photographers, as well. Water imspires creativity, too, of course. Ten images below show how spectacular water can look in black and white.

As humans we do many things with water, and we can't live without water. Water also brings us many simple joys. Here a young boy skips stones in Pancake Bay, on the shore of Lake Superior. Image by Deborah Baic

Water's reflective qualities make for many beautiful images. Here, Andy Clark captures a marvelous image of a tree reflected in a pool bear Vancouver, British Columbia.

Water is beautiful in all its forms. Off the coast of Newfoundland, on Quirpon Island, icebergs melt into elegantly smoothed shapes. Icebergs can wander around the Arctic waters for a year or longer after they have calved from glaciers where they may have been ice for more than 10,000 years. The black and white contrast in this image by Dick Loek captures the contours of the iceberg.

Not all of our great water images came from the Life of water project. For Cancer Connections, Jeff Harris submitted this photo of himself diving into the cold waters of an Ontario lake two days after being diagnosed with neurofibrosarcoma. He was later paralyzed by the tumour and he looks back on it now and says diving into the cold lake "seemed appropriate, considering the challenging months that lay ahead." Four years later at the time of the exhibit, Jeff had learned to walk again. Even though a picture is worth 1000 words, not all pictures can tell the whole story by themselves.

We've highlighted this photo elsewhere, but Paul vanPeenen's beatiful black and white photo of the serene waters of the MacKenzie river is worth revisiting.

Just outside of Toronto, spring ice breaks up into large floating sheets that look like so many flagstones. This striking image was captured near the shoreline of Coronation Park, by Tony Makepeace.

Duane Prentice piled stones of clear ice into a beautiful inukshuk that symbolizes the fragility of our precious water resource.

On Lake Ontario, with the sun barely rising, members of the Don Rowing Club create a striking reflection on the calm early morning waters of the lake. This beautiful image of water and people was captured by Bernard Weil, near the mouthof the Credit River, in Mississauga. The planet Venus makes a cameo here but its image is not strong enough to relect in the waters of the lake.

Another striking image that is worth revisiting in this gallery is Wendell Phillips' distinct aerial photo of the pools of water on Spotted Lake, BC. The lake's pools contain some of the world's highest concentrations of minerals. Although the picture is available in colour, the black and white contrast makes the water-rock pattern even more striking. Image by Wendell Phillips.

More images of beautifully frozen water. The ice hotel in Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, Quebec allows for unique images. The hotel needs to be rebuilt every year and is another uniquely Canadian interaction with ice that is threatened by climate change. The ice hotel features 19 rooms and includes an art gallery and a chapel. Image by Christinne Muschi.

Water is not always beautiful and beneficial, of course and there is a whole project, After the Wave dedicated to showing life after a terrible natural disaster, the Asian tsunami. The image below is beautiful but was made possible only by flooding. Chuck Russell captured this early morning image of a hay wagon partially submerged and reflected in flood waters about 100 kilometers east of Vancouver. The flooding was caused by January storms and unseasonal runoff.

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