North West Photo Fest 2016
The second annual North West Photo Fest featured a new exhibit of photography from across the northwest at the Kitimat Museum & Archives from August 5 to August 27. It attracted 50 people for opening night and 605 through the run of the show. The exhibit had entries from Kitimat, Terrace, Telkwa and Prince Rupert
The workshops were held at the Riverlodge Activity Room on August 6. For the workshops 66 people were registered, from Kitimat, Terrace and Prince Rupert. Our special guests were photographers Andy Clark and Paul Colangeo, along with Kitimat photographers Doug Keech and Dwight Magee and Talon Gillis from Terrace,
In 2016, North West Photo Fest became part of the Terrace Riverboat Days celebrations.
Speakers at North West Photo Fest 2016
Andy Clark began his career with The Canadian Press as a copyboy in 1970. Working his way up through the ranks he became a staff photographer in 1974 and transferred to the Ottawa bureau covering Parliament Hill. In 1978 Andy left CP to join the staff of The Hamilton Spectator. Later that same year he returned to news agency work signing on with United Press Canada working first in Vancouver and then again in Ottawa. In 1985, Andy briefly joined the newly created Reuters News Pictures operation before accepting a position as Prime Minister Brian Mulroney’s official photographer. In 1987 Andy re-joined Reuters and has been based in Belgium, England, Toronto and Vancouver. In 2014, Andy left Reuters after 27 years. He has traveled extensively throughout the world covering famines, disasters, world summits, global sporting
events, the first Gulf War and conflicts in the Balkans.
Talon Gillis is a self taught photographer who grew up in Prince Rupert and now lives in Terrace. Talon is an adventurer at heart with a strong passion for photographing people. He combines the beauty and excitement of being outside with a relatable human element that allows the viewer to identify with the image. His photography allows him to explore the world with an observant perspective. He will describe how he comes up with ideas for photographs that tell stories or portray a specific mood as well as how a
photographer can earn trust in a small community.
Doug Keech has been taking photographs since he was about 10 years old. He loves being outdoors always searching and watching for special moments. He enjoys studio work, portraiture, landscape photography and street photography. “Photographing in a small town can be a great deal harder than it would at first seem. Most people search for something beautiful or extraordinary. But there is a real timeless value in photographing the everyday and learning how to see things poetically.”
Walter Thorne is a semi-retired teacher and 40-year resident of Kitimat who has a passion for photographing birds. His other passions are heritage, the outdoors, boating and his family. Walter spends many summer hours aboard his boat Blackjack exploring the shores of the Douglas Channel and beyond. Walter is the coauthor of two volumes of the history books Kitimat Chronicles and writes a heritage column for the Northern Sentinel.
Rob St. Jean graduated from UNBC in 2006 with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Management. After a few years working throughout northeastern BC as a consultant in both the forestry and environmental industries, Rob started working as an environmental construction specialist on large scale projects in Northern Alberta. Rob is currently working on the LNG Canada project as an environmental specialist focused on site construction. Rob is an avid hunter who enjoys some recreational fishing. He is a P.Bio, EP (environmental professional) and NCSO (safety designation).
Dwight Magee took his first picture at the age of 10 and has been hooked on photography ever since. Forty years and a couple of hundred thousand images later, Dwight recently retired from his career as a corporate photographer for a major international mining company where he developed a talent for capturing people working in their element. His work has appeared in many corporate publications including news magazines and annual reports. After leaving the corporate world, Dwight now has time to focus his passion for photographing people. “Everyone has a story and I like to visually share their story with the world”, he says.
Paul Colangelo is a wildlife documentary photographer. Much of his work has focused on the Canadian wilderness and its mix of wildlife, culture and industry. Paul’s work helped lead to the protection of the Sacred Headwaters in 2012. His images have been exhibited at the Telluride Film Festival and the Banff Mountain Film Festival. He was named one of Photo District News’s 30 Photographers to Watch in 2015, and he is a National Geographic grantee and a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers.
The 2016 North West Photo Festival also featured a Lunch and Learn “Facing Your Fears in the Back Country” with
Kelly Marsh and Mike Stekelenburg of Kitimat Search and Rescue.
Thanks also go to:
Mike Dewar – District of Kitimat Economic Development Department
Ali Ledgerwood, our contact with the photo industry
Al Hummel – Kitimat Rod & Gun
Martin Gould – Director of Leisure Services
The Staff – Riverlodge Recreation Centre
Terrace Riverboat Days
Kitimat Chamber of Commerce
Rosemary Brady Design