Photographs that document the changing prairies of the Canadian West as people move to cities

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny. All images courtesy of the artist.

In the space of four years, Kyler Zeleny travelled the prairie lands of North America, driving over 15,000km to photograph and document its landscapes, towns and the people that call it home.

The 'Canadian Prairies' is a vast region on the border of the United States that has suffered a loss of heritage and now faces uncertainty about its future, as society continues to move in the direction of mass urbanisation.

"The project presents the space as an understudied region, a beast upon itself, a unique meeting of landscape, industry, and most importantly, people who are a resilient breed created by generational lessons in fortitude and fortuned circumstance," says Kyler.

Now available in a new book, Crown Ditch & The Prairie Castle, Kyler adds: "This is an unprecedented time and rural communities, many of whom were already holding on by a thin – and quickly fraying – rope, are now having to deal with a global calamity.

"This is an opportune moment to look at this unique rural population as it changes, but also as a way to understand the Canadian West, a region as unique and vast as the American West but never adequately covered."

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

From the series, Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny

Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle © Kyler Zeleny