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Gaze Upon Canada's Ice Huts in All Their Solitary, Shivery Glory

Over the last eight years, Toronto-based architectural photographer Richard Johnson has trekked through nine of the 10 Canadian provinces, capturing the delightfully simple structures used for ice fishing on lakes and bays. So far, that means over 700 huts, some fancier or quirkier than others, but all necessarily practical. "It is architecture at its most primitive level," Johnson tells the Lens.

"It's not pretentious. It is a solution. Every single person needs heat," he continues. Johnson, who has to beat the merciless cold and turbulent ice just as do the people who built these shacks, strives for "desolate" shots with no one in sight—so the photos can focus on the huts themselves. Browse the whole series, this way.

· Photographer Documents the Diverse Designs of Canadian Ice Fishing Huts in Charming Photo Project [Laughing Squid]
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