Ian Coristine
Journey Participant


Only a single subject motivates Ian 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, ideal for protecting his plane from marauding storms.

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. 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.

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).