On the Road Again ... Again
On the Road Again ... Again
6 X 9 inches, 208 pages
over 50 b&w photographs
SELDOM WITHOUT HIS CAMERA since joining the On the Road Again team in 1988, Andrew Little loved to capture "ordinary Canadians doing extraordinary things." On the Road Again ... Again features Andrew Little's portraits of the remarkable Canadians he met while field producer for the TV show during its first five formative years. The book contains photos from all ten provinces, the Territories and the Yukon.
Little explains portraiture in general: "It is a subtle dance between the photographer and subject, with the photographer leading." But for the photos in On the Road Again ... Again the process was reversed. "It was the subjects who were leading, I simply asked them if I could take their picture. Invariably they assumed a pose that was their own, relaxed, yet evocative of who they were. All I had to do was make sure they were in focus and properly framed and that the film was correctly exposed."
Little gives people the opportunity who have never seen the show to meet its characters—the show's extended family. "I wanted to give permanency to the people who were the lifeblood of the show." He reflects, "The mini-documentaries had to be edited to time. Not so in the book. Some things, left out because they didn't quite fit the television concept, found a new home in my writing. And I was able to rearrange the profiles as a collection of written stories."
"If you liked CBC's popular series, you'll like the book. Andrew Little captures much of the spirit of the original in good prose—and as a bonus for the curious—he updates the stories recounted in the book. The photographs are excellent. Unselfconscious and down-home Canadiana at its best!"
"Andrew Little's special gift is to get people to share what is special about them. Through these photographs he's been able to "picture" memorable characters—we can return again and again to the book and draw inspiration from their stories. A true celebration of the remarkable lives and values of so-called ordinary Canadians."
—Lionel Lumb, Carleton University School of Journalism
"People make the country and Andrew Little's photos of colourful, sometimes eccentric Canadians provide a unique look at Canada from sea to sea to sea."
—Jason Moscovitz, Senior Parliamentary Correspondent, CBC TV News
Andrew Clyde Little is a photo-journalist, television producer and university lecturer who lives in Ottawa. After graduation from Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Quebec in l957, Little began a career in journalism that spanned 35 years. He worked for The Sherbrooke Daily Record while attending Bishop's, moved to Canadian Press in Montreal upon graduation, and joined the CBC in l959 as an editor for Radio Canada International. Two years later he transferred to CBC television news where he spent the next 25 years as reporter, editor, producer and on-air host. In l988 he moved to Ottawa, joining On the Road Again as a field producer.
Little has also taught television journalism at Concordia University in Montreal and Carleton University in Ottawa. In l998 he went back to university as a student and in l999 received his M.A. in English from Carleton.