For the first two Sundays in August, FH&A partnered with environmental education and adventure non-for-profit FortWhyte Alive to create an exciting, community based photography workshop for people of all ages and skill levels. The only requirement being that you bring a sense of adventure and an open mind to both learning and teaching others about how you see the world through photography.
Both evenings were full of fun, consisting of canoeing, hiking, exploring the boardwalk, birdwatching, S'more eating, mosquito slapping, bison watching, tree climbing, campfires to end off both nights, and of course, photography.
Photo (on left by Uri Portillo.) // Photo (on right) by Anika Kroeker.
We created a series that would allow people to explore nature and photography simultaneously in a friendly and fun environment. The main message of the two-part series was the idea that truly good photography is a mindset more than a skill set.
The goal was to encourage people to "see" the landscape in his/her own way. And to not only identify what was beautiful to them but think critically about why those elements captured their interest. Maybe it was a pattern in shadow, maybe if was the texture on the wooden roof of the interpretive centre, or maybe it was the happiness in a person's face. Once we identified why something was personally interesting to us, we could capture it in a more honest way that is true to ourselves.
We capped the workshop at 20 people each time. It sold out very quickly (thank you again, everyone) but we wanted to keep a good number balance of people. We felt like too many would take away from the experience. If you didn't get a chance to come this time, there will be plenty more workshops like this in the future!
Photo (on left) by Adam Kelly. Photo (on right) by Talia Ricci.
Photos by Robyn Adams.
Special thank you to all of the following people for signing up, sharing your enthusiasm, listening, leading, not minding the bugs, and being kind to one another! You guys are the best.
Lori Palahitski, Laura McNish, Anders Homenick, Anika Kroeker, Caitlin Spencer,
Cassidy Mann, Eric Ballard, Olivia Mackinnon, Marlo Pereira-Edwards
Christina Muise, Ashley Pharazyn, Sarah Carson, Will Tarleton
Nicole McKim, Robyn Adams, David Metcalfe, Talia Ricci, Gage Fletcher,
Mckenzie Smith, Adam Kelly, Zach matenchuk, Manny Berkal Sarbit, Robyn Adams
Uri Portillo, Louis LeVesque, Shaylyn Plett, Injeong Yang, Ally Pereira-Edwards
Until next time, folks!