A visual survey of Canadian ice huts

A visual survey of Canadian ice huts

Toronto-based architectural photographer Richard Johnson needed a break from the highly-polished work that he was producing. Finding his inspiration in the most unlikely of architectural structures, Johnson turned his lens to the ice huts of the frozen Canadian landscape. These temporary structures are a haphazard mix of sheet metal, faux wood paneling, and waterproof tarps, providing a bit of shelter who are ice fishing.

Since he began the project in 2007, Johnson has photographed more than 800 huts in all ten provinces of Canada, and has organized the photos into a typological survey to group the temporary structures into their architectural forms.

20141229-icehuts-slide-60N2-superJumbojohnson4hut2.0hut3.0ice_hut_anglin_lakeice_hut_regina_beachice-house-manitoba-redIce Hut # 475-Murray Point, Emma Lake, Saskatchewan, 2011 - From the Series "Ice Huts" by Richard Johnson © 2007-2016 Richard Johnson Photography Inc, www.icehuts.ca, 416-755-7742Ice Hut # 587, Dalhousie, Chaleur Bay, New Brunswick, 2012 - From the Series "Ice Huts" by Richard Johnson © 2007-2011 Richard Johnson Photography Inc, www.icehuts.ca, 416-755-7742ice_Hut_Richard_Johnsonice-huts
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