Special project

‘Afternoon blog-land! I’ve got a few things to tell you in this edition; in no particular order:

First, my classmate Carol and I are embarking on a special project – We’re in the planning stages of getting contacts and conducting interviews for a book we’re compiling on the Qalipu Mi’Kmaq band elders (St. George’s portion). We feel that the stories of their past shouldn’t fade away and we’re hoping to profile as many elders as would love to participate.

Secondly, I finally have a new camera lens and it’s a beauty. I bought a 50mm 1.8 portrait lens and I’m having so much fun with it.

Third, I made a new watermark today. I love adobe.

Fourth, I have two stories due next week (which is not a complaint!) but I’m struggling to find something to write about that isn’t already being written about by other news organizations or my 16 classmates. Help?

Fifth. Here’s a photo that I took of my beautiful classmate, Melanie. We were experimenting with lighting in a impromptu photo session.

 

 

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How it all started

This is an early post today, I got inspired while I was looking through my archive of photos. I do that from time to time. These next 3 photos are a few of my absolute favorites (that I’ve taken personally). But there’s something I want to tell you first.

I started taking photographs digitally for the first time in 2004 when I went to work as a Youth Coordinator. I had just gotten out of high school and was ready to take on the world, unfortunately, that wasn’t really the case. I had enrolled in the Visual Arts program at Bay St. George campus in Stephenville (ironically enough, that’s where I’m heading now!).

So I went to S’ville, checked out the place where I was to live, and the school,  got cold feet and came back home within the week. I struggled with depression for most of the fall, feeling like a complete failure until I had the opportunity to work at the local youth center. It was not what I had pictured my life to be, but it was money, and I needed that in order to live there.

I purchased my first camera, a Kodak EasyShare CX6445 because of that job, and I can’t really say that I regret any of it because of where I am in my life today. No doubt looking back now, all the tough times I experienced as a teenager shaped how I ended up (not too bad, if I do say so myself). Being creative throughout my childhood and into adult hood drove me to the career choice I’m venturing into, and this time, it finally feels right.

Without further a due, here are 3 of my favorites.

As a teen I never really fit in (or wanted to!) with the ‘in crowd’ so I spent all my time at the beach just down from my house.
This was taken one night some time ago when I had ventured to the beach with Kimo, I stood in the center of the graveyard to get this shot.
In my opinion, summertime is always a time for leisure and fun, and boy did Joder and I ever have fun when we were .. “not so concerned with what others thought” – type age.