Pacific Spirit | Canadian Best Seller |
Karl Herrmann is a Canadian Best Selling Author, noted for his stunning photography of Vancouver, BC and the big wide world beyond. His book ‘Pacific Spirit-Vancouver’ is gifted to visiting dignitaries, such as Bill Clinton, by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.
This is a warm hearted, true story, that proves that good intentions and a little perseverance can produce wonderful results.
Once upon a time, a year and a half ago, during the big snowfall in Vancouver, Karl Herrmann, B.O.T. member was out making photographs for his upcoming coffee table book “Pacific Spirit –Vancouver”. He came across a mother and daughter building a snowman down by English Bay and thought it was nice that a family could enjoy such an activity together. Realizing an opportunity, Karl asked the girl to leave her mittens on the snowman for a moment while he took a photo with the now famous Inukshuk in the background. Mother and daughter were taken with the photo, so Karl gave them his card and suggested they contact him and he would send them the image. No contact ever came. Karl decided to include the image in his book hoping that one day the little girl would see the snowman and say, “That’s my snowman!”
In promoting “Pacific Spirit – Vancouver” word got out that Karl would really like to somehow reconnect with the little girl and give her a copy (signed) of his book. One day, Mike McCardell from Global TV, called and wanted to do an interview with Karl about the snowman and the little girl. The interview was done and aired on Global. Still nothing. Karl was now on a mission to find the girl and went to the schools in the neighborhood. One school in particular was most helpful and suggested he make a little poster with a picture of the snowman which he did. It read, “Global TV wants you”. The teachers showed the poster and in the back row of a classroom, a little girl put up her hand and said, “That’s MY snowman, and those are MY mittens.”
Later that evening, Karl got a telephone call and the woman on the other end of the line said, “I think you are looking for my daughter and I. We built a snowman….” Karl quickly left McCardell a message that simply said, “The snowman lives.” and hung up. McCardell immediately arranged for a second interview about the snowman, and its maker, and the photographer who had an idea that wouldn’t go away. The snow had long since melted, along with the snowman, but a signed book and framed print of the snowman was given to the little girl with the mittens in front of the Inukshuk that sunny morning. And it was all recorded by Mike McCardell and his crew for Global TV. And they all lived happily ever after…. The End.
The Board of Trade uses “Pacific Spirit – Vancouver” as a gifting item. It is available at all the major bookstores and tourist attractions in the city. Karl offers all B.O.T. members a discount price if ordered directly from him. “The Snowman” along with all the other images in the book are available as signed, limited edition, fine art prints. Karl Herrmann “Pacific Spirit – Vancouver” 604/261-1361