Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Beginnings


There was always a part of me that was intrigued by photography.  The concept of being able to freeze a moment in time seemed fascinating, while the technical aspect of the camera appealed to my geeky nature. 
            I took a photography course in university where I used by dad’s 1970's Nikon camera and shot black and white film.  I loved how sturdy the camera was in my hand and the sound it made when I pressed the shutter button.  We read books like those by Susan Sontag, On Photography, and I quickly became intimidated yet intrigued by the power of the photograph.
            In 2007 I moved to Lusaka, Zambia where I worked primarily with youth and street kids for a missions organization.   It was in Zambia that I stumbled upon an interest in telling stories through images and written word as I kept a blog and wrote letters to those back home. 
LUSAKA, Zambia (05/05/07) -- Mr. Gondwe works diligently on the Action Zambia farm, always with a smile on his face.  Working for Action Zambia as a guard and groundskeeper earns him well above the average dollar a day most Zambian's live on.
            This image of Mr. Gondwe was somewhat of a turning point in my journey to photojournalism.  Up until this point I had really not thought much about photography and was consumed with the work I was doing.  This image brought me back to it.
            Upon returning home a year later I was prompted by friends and followers of my blog to pursue photojournalism.  This lead me to Loyalist College where I showed up in August 2009, new camera in hand, not fully understanding what photojournalism was.  But in that first semester something resonated inside of me with what I was learning.  Almost like it put a name to a passion inside of me: telling the stories of humanity through capturing moments in time.  And so the journey began.
           

Monday, October 18, 2010

Sense of Belonging

The Middle Child

They don't get the honour of being the first born and aren't coddled like the last born.  Therefore, they often feel overlooked.  The Middle Child project is a documentary, part of a larger project by the Loyalist College Photojournalism program, called Sense of Belonging: The Canadians.  The idea of birth order and the effects on our personality is complex and fascinating topic.  This project highlights those who often feel they are left out of the spotlight.

"I was always wrong because my siblings were always right.  I never did anything right," says Ben Allen, 21, the middle child between his older brother James, 23, and youger sister Madelyn, 17.

 Ellie, age 8, says she feels "squished" between her older sister Charlotte, 9, and younger sister Lily, 6.  Being the middle child she likes that she gets her own classroom at school but doesn't like having to share a room at home.