Ian Coristine is not your typical photographer, accepting random assignments. Only a single subject motivates him to get behind his camera – The Thousand Islands. His discovery and love affair with that region began during a random flight in 1992. He found an island, literally one in a thousand, with a unique natural harbor that could protect his plane from marauding storms. During his former career as the Canadian distributor for Challenger ultralight aircraft, Ian learned the craft of air-to-air photography. Living “in the assignment” with his plane offering a privileged view of an extraordinary place, he began shooting it low from above.
Coristine’s first book of photography, The 1000 Islands, was an astonishing success, selling out three large printings and becoming by far the most successful book about the place ever published. It is now a sought-after collectible. Water, Wind and Sky was released in 2005, followed by a third book, The Thousand Islands, in 2006. A booklet, 1000 Islands, was published in 2007, winning a Premier Print Association Benjamin Franklin (Benny) Award in the graphic arts industry’s most prestigious worldwide printing competition. His fifth book was released in 2010, The very best of Ian Coristine’s 1000 Islands, becoming his fifth bestseller and his second to receive a Benjamin Franklin Award. Together, his books in print have sold over 100,000 copies with only local distribution.
Coristine’s images have been featured in magazines around the world as well as in many other books about the region, including Parks Canada’s 125th anniversary tribute, Canada’s National Parks, A Celebration. His work has been presented in several one-man exhibitions, at the Brockville Arts Centre in Ontario, and in New York at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, and the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery in Canton.
DxO Labs of Paris, France, award winning publishers of revolutionary camera and lens correction software, selected Coristine from professionals around the world as one of their founding “Image Masters.” The City of Brockville, Ontario nominated him for its Tourism Award in recognition of the attention his work has brought the region.
Ian Coristine’s sixth book, a memoir, is titled One in a Thousand. Reminiscent of The Olive Farm, A Year in Provence and Under the Tuscan Sun, it was co-written with Donna Walsh Inglehart (Grindstone, Breaking the Ring). This groundbreaking eBook was produced by Toronto’s McLellan Interactive Publishing. Highly rated in Apple’s iPad App Store, it has been highly praised by many reviewers, including Kirkus Reviews who bill themselves as “The World’s Toughest Book Critics.” It showcases an entirely new form of storytelling, using over 450 images, 11 videos, audio, an interactive map and slideshows with 18 moody instrumental tracks from the award winning band, Great Lake Swimmers.
One garnered 5-star ratings in Apple’s iTunes store, has been downloaded in 32 different countries and was awarded the 2012 MarCom Award, selected from over 6,000 entries submitted from around the world, garnering the highest possible praise: “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.”
Five years and 20,000 images after Volume V’s release, Ian Coristine’s 1000 Islands (Volume VII) was released, becoming his 6th bestseller. The culmination of 20 years of photography of the River, Volume VII offers the author’s favorite picks from the over 50,000 images he felt worth keeping. It includes a detailed 1000 Islands map which locates all the book’s photo locations as well as all there is to do on the River. All told, his six books in print have sold over 119,000 copies within the 30-mile 1000 Islands corridor.