By CHRIS BROCK CBROCK@WDT.NET PUBLISHED: SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2018 AT 5:15 AM
About a century before Ian R. Coristine arrived in the Thousand Islands, John A. Haddock’s “The Picturesque St. Lawrence River: Kingston and Cape Vincent to Morristown and Brockville” was published
Great Lake Swimmers' Tony Dekker In Conversation With Author/Photographer Ian Coristine from Gerry Fraiberg on Vimeo.
Music composed and performed by Tony Dekker and Great Lake Swimmers. My last book of photography of the 1000 Islands had to be the very best, both in content and quality. With 30,000 images to select from, these are definitely my favorites. A global search finally found a printer capable of producing pages with the same lustrous gloss as high-end book covers. In every way, the resulting "book of covers" is my very best.
The magazine takes readers from the smallest island, Tom Thumb near Ivy Lea, and Lone Tree Island, named for its only tree, as featured on the 2012 cover to the largest,Wolfe Island, near Kingston, which features a historic lighthouse property on Quebec Head.
Ian Coristine 1000 Islands Iconic Photographer
Inspired by their history and beauty, Coristine uprooted his life and immersed himself in documenting and sharing the magic of the 1000 Islands and their thousands of miles of coastline. He has sold over 100,000 copies of his books, successfully captivating the world with his breathtaking photographs.
Photographer Ian Coristine has a plaque at his Thousand Islands cottage the says "The river chooses some." It certainly chose him. He fell in love with the region on a flyover in 1992, and then came across Raleigh Island, with its rundown 1917 cottage, three years later. "It's the only island around with a natural harbour that could accommodate my plane," he says, "and it hadn't been on the market in years."
Ian Coristine: From race driver to aerial photographer
Next weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the 2013 Canadian Historic Grand Prix will be held. It’s Canada’s largest and most prestigious annual historic racing event and will feature 200 cars competing in six classes, classic car cruises and special attractions such as the Toronto Star Great Canadian Racers and Legends of Mosport reunion. One of the ex-racers expected to attend is Ian Coristine.
Every once in a while an entry comes across the judging table that totally enthralls us. We quickly forget where we are and what we are doing. We become spectators, not judges. Such was the case with an eBook app called One in a Thousand. With the first image you drift away to that place in your brain where you see and feel pure beauty and nirvana. Instantly, the images and words infiltrate your imagination. Fifteen minutes later we regained our composure, awoke from our dream and set it aside to enjoy again later.
In the past decade, Ian Coristine has become known as the iconic photographer of the Thousand Islands. Taken from his Challenger Ultralight, the images capture a unique perspective of a remarkable region. Ian has published five best-selling photography collections, two winning the international Benjamin Franklin Award for Excellence in Publishing. On May 1, McLellan Interactive Publishing released Ian’s groundbreaking interactive eBook, “One In A Thousand,” written with Donna Walsh Inglehart. We’ve invited Ian to speak about his latest project.
Private Island News, an online magazine devoted exclusively to the exciting world of privately-owned islands, explores the story behind photographer Ian Coristine's fantastic mixed-media eBook, One in a Thousand. Written by the owner of one of the small inhabited isles that dot the St. Lawrence River, One in a Thousand expertly employs narrative, imagery and music to take readers on a vivid journey through Ian's adventures with developing and living on Raleigh Island. Available though the iPad App Store, this creative eBook has garnered rave reviews and is a must for any island lover.
Fasten Your Seat Belt For 'One in a Thousand'
By MIKE PASINI, Editor' The Imaging Resource Digital Photography Newsletter
Review Date: June 2012
The news that Oracle's Larry Ellison was buying an island in Hawaii brought a grin to our face. He must have outgrown his 10-acre Japanese rock garden. We do know one other guy who bought an island. Ian Coristine. A long-time subscriber to The Newsletter, he emailed us about it recently:
Preview: One in a Thousand eBook
(07/04/12) Digital technology has allowed a Thousand Islands photographer to open a new window on his favorite region. Todd Moe talks with Ian Coristine and the creative team behind a new e-book on the Thousand Islands. One in a Thousand uses images, video, voices and music to illustrate Coristine's love of the river and his own small, granite island.
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A thousand paradise islands By Donna Nebenzahl
The summer day was made to order, the blue sky punctuated with fluffy white clouds, a crisp breeze ruffling the water as we stepped into our rented houseboat for the first time.
Former race car driver and avid flier Coristine combines lyrical prose, stunning visuals and evocative melodies to open up a window on his favorite place in the entire world—tiny Raleigh Island on the St. Lawrence River… The app’s interactive components lend a sense of splendid immediacy to [a] mournful past while creating an overall sense of place that imagination alone could never quite match. The narrative is vibrant enough on its own, but riding alongside the author in his ultralight and seeing exactly what he does certainly adds compelling new dimensions to the telling... An appealing memoir from a man who found his own little piece of heaven—and the perfect way to share it with others.
A life’s journey: Photographer Ian Coristine’s new book an ‘experience’ Ian Coristine has an interesting relationship with serendipity.
His name conjures a sense of celebrity along the St. Lawrence River, where his work resides in dozens of “cottages,” as their owners call them, on private islands that dot the seaway.
Though none of this celebrity status would have been achieved without one fateful flight, an adventure driven by nothing but a few grown men looking for a day of fun in their airplanes.
Ian Coristine is a passionate man, driven by beauty, excellence, meaning, emotions, friendship and his own, forever searching heart. In One in Thousand, he speaks with a voice flavored with humor, love, longing and belonging. Through his eyes we see a world so deep in history and visual magic that we too feel the gravitational pull that holds him there. From an island he deems one in a thousand, Coristine, who is one in a million, takes you by the hand to a place you will not ever leave.
By Dave O'Malley
Ian Coristine's new 1000 Islands booklet, his fourth photographic work of the region, produced by Henderson Printing Inc. of Brockville, Ontario, is the winner of a Print Industries of America "Benny" in the graphic arts industry's largest and most prestigious worldwide competition. The Benny is so named for Benjamin Franklin, whose image graces the winner's medal.
Text by Charles McChesney
This Article from Central New York Magazine July/August edition is available to download in PDF format.
Ian Coristine has been photographing the 1000 Islands for years from a very unique perspective, low from above in his Challenger ultralight floatplane. This video edited by Louis Pouliot from History Channel footage shows how he does it.
The Thousand Islands is blessed with world class beauty, but being primarily a summer place, the other season is largely unknown, yet beautiful in a very different way. These images, distilled into a slideshow from a network camera left running in my island cottage, will take you from fall '06 through spring '07 in just eight minutes. "The River" has infinite moods, and this will share many that most never see.
Palmistry is the first track from Great Lake Swimmers' acclaimed album "Lost Channels" which was partially recorded in the Thousand Islands at Singer Castle, the Brockville Arts Centre and Rockport's St. Brendan's Church. Thanks to Simon Fuller and Bytown Brigantine, this music video was filmed aboard the tall ship "Fair Jeanne" as she sailed through the Thousand Islands in September 2009.