Prairie Sunset

A Story of Change

Indiegogo campaign was a success — book is being published!

After an intensely busy summer and fall in 2014, the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign was a success! Thank you to all those who contributed or helped spread the word. The book publishing and printing is underway, and it’ll be a high-quality hardcover made by one of the best printers in Canada, Friesens Book Division in Manitoba.

The book will be available late in November 2015. If you are interested in buying a book or fine-art prints, or would like updates, please email me at this link:

The campaign and video can be visited here:

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Thanks & all the best,

Indiegogo campaign to publish this book on now!

Help make this happen by buying a book or prints, or by spreading the word. Until October 20 2014. Your support is appreciated greatly!

See details here:

Thanks & all the best,

Publishing this book


The design and layout of this book is in progress! This book will be published as a high-quality, full colour, hardcover coffee table book.

The funding for the publishing will come from a source of crowdfunding, most likely Indiegogo or Kickstarter. I will launch this funding campaign sometime this year. This crowdfunding is really just a method of pre-sales. Without the pre-sales, the printing of the book will be impossible.

To make this happen, I need support from a large number of people. Please help spread the word about this book to anyone who might be interested– sharing through Facebook, Twitter, email, or any other media or word-of-mouth. And most importantly, please consider purchasing a book through the crowdfunding pre-sales.

The publishing industry has been turned on its head in recent years. Although many books have gone to ebooks and online PDFs, one thing is clear: There will always be a special place for photography and art books that are released as high-end, premium quality print jobs.

This book will be printed by one of the finest printers in North America, Friesens Book Division

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Dion Manastyrski

Now looking for a publisher (found)

I started working on this book in 2003, and the concept has evolved a great deal since then. I now have most of the content needed for completion. (A few people asked me why this was taking me too long… well, this has been entirely self-funded, and book projects often simmer on the shelf for some time, hopefully improving with age! I don’t regret doing this carefully, or I might have published a half-baked idea.)

I’ve made several trips back to the prairies, and explored the backroads to photograph abandoned homesteads, barns, and other artifacts left behind from a time when the rural population was higher. More recently, I also interviewed over 70 people in the rural prairies, generally asking them the question, “what can you tell me about rural life several decades ago, and about how things have changed?”

The story of what the homesteaders went through in the early decades of the last century is remarkable, and the rapid change over the past few decades also is. I will be publishing a high-quality colour hardcover coffee-table book, which tells this story in photographs and in the words of the people I interviewed.

This project was entirely self-funded. Though I inquired about funding from Canada Council for the Arts, I was told they only fund authors who have already successfully published. I don’t understand the beneficial purpose of such a mandate, because it’s the first book that’s the most difficult to find a budget for.

To any of you who might know any organizations, businesses, or individuals who would be interested and able to help fund this project, I would be greatly appreciative if you would put them in contact with me.

I hope you might pass this on to anyone you know, or share it over social media… there is much more to come.

Dion Manastyrski

New online portfolio is up at

In the summer of 2012, I entered 20 of my photos and a short writeup in an international contest based in New York. That contest is over, but the group of artists who organized it created a new project that helps photographers and artists share their work.

The display at that site is a condensed version of what’s on this site. If you’d like to share it on Facebook, you can view the link below, and click “Support”. Thank you!

Dion Manastyrski