This photograph was taken the year I graduated from high school
and began to take my photography seriously.
my graduation my parents bought me a Nikon Nikormet FT3 camera
a gift that was put to great use the winter of that year
when my family toured South America. Opportunity met budding passion,
resulting in what has been a life-long love of travel photography.
image was captured during a train trip from Cusco to Machu Picchu.
We had made a brief stop at a train station where I got out to
stretch, and happened to notice two children playing in a nearby
courtyard. I photographed the boy first, as he peeked out from
behind a wooden door; and then, while I was still in position,
a tiny, little girl peered out from behind the young boy. I took
the photo, capturing her wondrous eyes looking right into the
the time this photograph was taken I was enrolled at the University
of Manitoba, and was working as a photographer for the student
newspaper. It was there that I learned how to process film, as
well as how to print black and white photographs. I was lucky
enough to find a mentor in one of the other photographers working
at the paper, and I would often take the opportunity to discuss
my work with him.
was his advice on cropping that greatly influenced how this particular
photograph finally turned out. He suggested that I make the entire
image long and narrow by cropping off half off the boys
face. The result was to focus all attention on the little girls
eyes. This remains a favourite of all my work.
journey that photography took me on continued later that year
during the University of Manitobas Festival of Life and
Learning. I entered the photo in a competition where the top ten
works, having been selected by a panel of local judges, were sent
on to Ottawa to be judged by the famous Canadian photographer,
Yousef Karsh. I was fortunate to have my piece recognized by Mr.
Karsh as the top photo in the competition. As a memento of the
recognition he signed the back of the photograph, Yousef
Karsh Number One. It has become one of my most treasured
possessions a reminder of what can accomplished when opportunity
and passion are augmented by encouragement.