Episode 10 – Dennis Minty – Clarke’s Beach, Newfoundland

Podcast Episode #10 – May 15, 2022

In this podcast interview we will be talking to Dennis Minty, a professional photographer, educator and author, currently based in Clarke’s Beach, Newfoundland/Labrador.

You Can Learn Photography Podcast Episode 10 – Dennis Minty (mp3)
©Dennis Minty

Through mindful and heartfelt photography, Dennis Minty wants to help others connect with nature to cultivate joy, wonder and respect for the world around us.

Dennis Minty has been making images since age 12, but he did not embrace photography as his main career until after a 30-year professional life as a wildlife biologist and environmental educator.
In this role, he designed, established and managed Salmonier Nature Park in Newfoundland, the province’s only wildlife rehabilitation facility and a premier nature education centre. His work in environmental education (EE), for which he received a Governor General’s Medal, included authoring three books, developing school curricula in both Canada and other countries and training teachers to incorporate EE into school learning.

After his career as a public servant and international consultant, Dennis turned to his life-long passion, photography, and made a new, successful career of it. “I think that everything we do in life can help shape our vision, ethics, skills and commitments. All of these are ingredients of image-making.” Dennis immerses himself in nature through photography. “The two are inseparable,” he says.
He strives to make his work quiet, contemplative, evocative and filled with light. “My goal in creating an image is, not simply to document, but to inspire an emotional response in the viewer that might echo what I feel when I am making the image.” His work has been called “soul-stirring”, “poetic”, “inspiring” and “profound”, and has been praised by people like Shelagh Rogers, Margaret Atwood and Freeman Patterson.

Besides making his own photographic images, Dennis loves to help others make their own and improve their photo skills. Informal teaching has always been part of his careers and now he uses this skill-set in photography.
Since 2002 Dennis Minty has been working with Adventure Canada as a naturalist and photographer in Atlantic Canada, the Arctic, Antarctica, New Zealand, Galapagos, Iceland, the Faores and Scotland.
In his work with Adventure Canada, he encourages people to see more creatively and capture images of the trip that will have a lasting emotional appeal. As well, he coaches folks on the fundamentals of photography. On shore, he continues the photography coaching, but also does nature interpretation, from marine mammals to seabirds to the botanical landscape of the Arctic. His goal is to deepen fellow travellers’ understanding of their destinations.

Currently, Dennis practices his photography by selling his work as fine art prints, publishing his work in various magazines and websites, leading small group photo tours and workshops predominantly in Newfoundland/Labrador and offering private photography lessons.
Dennis loves his home province, Newfoundland/Labrador and delights in sharing his knowledge and stories with fellow travelers. “To belong to a place is a gift. And I have
been blessed with a profound and abiding sense of belonging to this place on the eastern edge of the country.”

Besides his educational books, Dennis has authored six photographic books, his latest being, Slow Photography, Images with Intent.
In 2016 he was inducted into The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s College of Fellows.
Dennis resides in Clarke’s Beach, Newfoundland with his wife, Antje Springmann, and various pets and farm critters that come and go through the years. He is very proud of his three grown-up children and seven grandchildren.

Dennis Minty’s latest book Slow Photography, Images with Intent was discussed on the podcast and can be purchased via payhip.com as an eBook in PDF format from the following link: Slow Photography, Images with Intent by Dennis Minty

You can follow Dennis’s work and learn more from the following links:
■ Website: mintynaturephotography.ca
■ Facebook: facebook.com/dennismintyphotography
■ Facebook: facebook.com/dennis.minty
■ Dennis Minty Prints: market.newfoundlandcanvas.com/dennisminty

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Episode 9 – Sara Harley – Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

Podcast Episode #9 – Apr 15, 2022

In this podcast interview we will be talking to Sara Harley, a photographer and writer who enjoys creating conceptual art from her images, currently based in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.

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©Sara Harley

Sara Harley lives and creates on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, Canada. She has carried a camera for many years, and has recently turned to creating composited art using her own photographs. Creating works from her imagination, her images range from dark and brooding to light and inspirational which strive to elicit an emotional response.

Sara’s photographs have been exhibited in many group exhibits, local and abroad, and has also hosted solo exhibits.

She was thrilled to have one of her photographs used on a cover for a book by Margaret Atwood, and published by several magazines. Sara also publishes several project guides each year.

As a photographer and artist, Sara’s work continues to evolve.

You can follow Sara’s work and learn more from the following links:
■ Instagram: @saraharley.studio
■ Blog: www.saraharley.ca

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Episode 8 – Brian Merry, Banff Alberta

Podcast Episode #8 – Mar 15, 2022

In this podcast interview we will be talking to Brian Merry, a professional landscape and travel photographer, currently based in Banff, Alberta, teaching and leading photography seminars, workshops and tours in Canada, California, and Japan.

You Can Learn Photography Podcast – Episode 8 – Brian Merry (mp3)
Brian Merry ©Shelly Vandervelde

Brian Merry was born and raised in Nova Scotia exploring every corner of the Atlantic Canadian Provinces by air, land and sea. Brian started his self directed apprenticeship in outdoor photography in the late 1980s and began seriously exploring the natural world through his lens in 1990. Back then he was shooting a manual film SLR Camera learning with each picture taken and roll of film developed.

Between 1990-1997 Brian earned a Fish and Wildlife Technician diploma from Fleming College in Ontario followed with a BSc. with Honours in Biology from Acadia University. His honours thesis specialized in population genetics and wildlife management. During the 6 years at college and university Brian continued to passionately teach himself everything he could about photography.

While studying at Acadia University Brian concurrently worked as a lab instructor in the biology program during each of the four years during his honours degree, including the first year. teaching labs in “Introductory Biology” and facilitating the “Introductory to Genetics” labs while completing his degree and honours thesis. This was the beginning of Brian’s teaching experience.

After 7 years of self directed photography education, read between the lines, “trial and error!!”, and after finishing up a 4 year degree at Acadia University, Biran moved to Banff in the Canadian Rockies and began his professional landscape photography business in the summer. He has enjoyed a long career as a professional photographer thriving through numerous changes in the industry. We’re presently adjusting to the new normal in the wake of the Covid-19 global pandemic. But, the most dramatic shift in the “landscape” occurred when the photography World shifted from film to digital between 2001 and 2002, which was amazing to experience how quickly and completely that radical shift happened throughout the industry.

Brian was grateful that he had the courage to embrace professional grade digital cameras early on in the transition. That decisive move put him on the “front line of the digital revolution” as he adapted a thriving event photography business from a 100% film operation to a 100% digital operation that spanned the Canadian Rockies and employed 13 photographers seasonally, swiftly making this shift in less than a year.

Brian also began teaching and leading photography workshops and tours in 2006. His professional instructor experience from both Acadia University ,and later at Lakeland College in Vermillion, AB, has proven invaluable. This experience and training served him well while developing and delivering his own educational workshops and presentations featuring his outdoor photography from around the World.

Brian delivers landscape photography seminars, hosts and leads workshops and tours across Canada, in California and in Japan. He thoroughly enjoys teaching landscape photography workshops and leading tours. It is very rewarding to see the sparkle in his students’ eyes, and the realization in their faces in the moment when “they get it!”. Brian was so proud when BMerry Photography was Awarded the best unique tour company in Alberta in 2019 by the International Travel and Hospitality Awards.

For almost 30 years photography has been an integral part of Brian’s life. “I can’t imagine not being a photographer, Photography is part of who I am.”

You can follow Brian’s work and learn more at:
brianmerry.ca/
facebook.com/BmerryPhotography
facebook groups Bmerry Photo Lanscapes
https://youtube.com/c/BrianMerryPhotography
International landscape Photographers Association (ILPA)
Join the ILPA Event Insiders Email List

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Episode 7 – Nancy Rose, Hubley Nova Scotia

Podcast Episode #7 – Feb 15, 2022

In this podcast interview we will be talking to Nancy Rose, a photographer, author and illustrator best known for her book series “The Secret Life of Squirrels” currently based in Hubley, Nova Scotia.

You Can Learn Photography Podcast Episode 7 Nancy Rose (mp3)
©Nancy Rose

Nancy worked as a Guidance Counselor and Family Studies teacher until she retired in 2016. Nancy grew up in Antigonish, NS, in a family of seven children where creativity was always encouraged and over the years she has pursued a variety of art and craft endeavors in her spare time. She started taking photography seriously in 2007 when she joined Flickr.com where she was inspired by the creativity and talents of photographers from all over the world. Her interest in nature and wildlife, and a storage room full of fabrics, paint, clay and craft materials merged with her photography passion when she discovered the curiosity of the little North American Red Squirrels who raided the bird feeders in her backyard. By making miniature dioramas and squirrel-size props she has created hundreds of scenarios where the inquisitive squirrels find themselves in some rather human-like poses as they search for peanuts hidden in the props. Gradually, the “secret life” of her backyard squirrels emerged. Her first “actor”, Mr. Peanuts, has been followed by a succession of cute and curious squirrels who come daily for peanuts and sunflower seeds and to check out whatever Nancy puts out on the table on her deck. Sometimes she gets a good shot right away, but more often it takes hundreds of photos to get a clearly focused shot that tells the story Nancy has in her head.

In 2013 Nancy’s humorous squirrel photos on Flickr went viral and they have been featured on numerous websites, and newspapers locally and internationally, as well as on local and national television news shows. When some of her amusing squirrel photos appeared in The Toronto Star and National Post she was contacted by a literary agent at Westwood Creative Artists in Toronto. From there her books were born and her followers grew in number. Her fifth book was published in June 2021.

Nancy’s first book, The Secret Life of Squirrels was published simultaneously in Canada and the US in 2014 and has also been published in Japan and South Korea. It is also available in a board book for the youngest readers, and in 2016 available in paperback through Scholastic Books. Merry Christmas, Squirrels followed in 2015, The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story in 2016, and The Secret Life of Squirrels: Back to School in 2018. Oakley the Squirrel – The Search for Z – A Nutty Alphabet Book came out in June 2021 and a follow up about Counting and Camping is at the publishers now. Nancy is currently working on a fourth year of photos (for 2024) calendars with Workman Publishing.

Nancy does classroom visits (live, before covid) and virtual these days, via Zoom or Googlemeet. She is available to read to students of all ages. “I can talk about the roles of author and illustrator and working with a publisher. I show many of my homemade miniature props which appear in the books to show the students that art has many forms. We talk about nature and wildlife, crafting and recycling (The 3 R’s) and the 4 P’s: photography, practice, patience and persistence. After my visits students have often created their own miniatures and written stories to go with them.”

You can follow Nancy’s work and learn more at:
secretlifeofsquirrels.com
facebook.com/nancy.rose.1042
instagram.com/nancyroselovessquirrels/
flickr.com/photos/nancyandwayne/

Some Youtube Links:
Merry Christmas Squirrels! by Nancy Rose (Little, Brown Young Readers)
Merry Christmas Squirrels! read by Patti Smith (321 Read)
The Secret Life of Squirrels read by Mr. Kirby’s Neighborhood
Squirrel with tissues Nancy Rose “Secret Life of Squirrels”

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Episode 6 – Bob Pettipas, Dartmouth Nova Scotia

Podcast Episode #6 – Jan 15, 2022

In this podcast interview we will be talking to Bob Pettipas, a photographer based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

You Can Learn Photography Podcast Episode 6 Bob Pettipas (mp3)
©Bob Pettipas

Bob is a photographer from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. He enjoys many genres of photography, such as; landscape, sunrise & sunset, night, long exposure, nature, and concert. Bob has been interested in photography for most of his life, and really started working on his photography skills since retirement about 6 years ago.

You can follow and/or interact with Bob on social media from the following links:
Facebook.com
Flickr.com
Instagram.com

The following links are not affiliate links and we are not sponsored by Amazon or the manufacturer of thee products. The lens warmer mentioned during the podcast can be found on Amazon.ca CooWoo Lens Heater. A suitable USB Power Bank to power the lens warmer can also be found on Amazon.ca INIU Power Bank 10000mAh

Click to view/download the pdf of Bob’s Milky-way Tips.

Bob mentioned during our conversation he found the Mike Browne YouTube Channel to be very helpful.

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Episode 5 – Chris Stackhouse, Bayswater, Nova Scotia

Podcast Episode #5 – Nov 15, 2021

In this podcast interview we will be talking to Chris Stackhouse, a professional photographer specializing in Prairie Landscape, Wave, and Fine Art Photography, currently based in Bayswater, Nova Scotia.

You Can Learn Photography Podcast Episode 5 – Chris Stackhouse (mp3)
©Chris Stackhouse

From an early age, growing up on the east coast of England, Chris was attracted to the essence of design, whether industrial or architectural. A talent for drawing and resourceful undertakings such as restoring old cars on a minimal budget led him to a career in civil, mechanical and piping design.

His skills, combined with a passion for the “open spaces” brought him to Calgary in 1981 ostensibly to work in the oil and gas industry. Out and about in his spare time, Chris became hooked on the prairie landscapes and their relatively gentle interactions with modern civilization.

Self-taught in all endeavors, Chris began to explore photography while pursuing a number of freelance careers such as residential construction and renovations, property management and sportfishing guiding.

It was a fateful day whilst listening to a radio program in 1998 when the realization of a radical change to the prairie landscape manifested itself to Chris. Here was a story of the rapid demise of those ghost-like sentinels of the prairie landscape, wooden grain elevators; the very living soul of human presence on the prairies was disappearing forever.

Inspired with a passion to become a photographic archivalist of those passing’s, Chris went on to spend 12 years systematically visiting and photographing most of the remaining wooden elevators across Western Canada and many from the United States.

2004 Marked the beginning of Chris’s acknowledgement of his photographic achievements and skills with his first photo exhibition, a very successful solo show entitled “End of the Line” that featured 59 prairie images. Since that time Chris has continued to exhibit his work every year, expanding his portfolio to include a unique style of ocean waves imagery, a large collection of European church doors, abstracts, panoramic landscapes and Mexican Life.

His images have been published in many magazines and papers with showings at the Calgary Stampede, Beall Park Art Center in Bozeman, Montana, Sooke Fine Arts Show, Artspring Art Center and Galleons Lap Photo Gallery on Saltspring Island, British Columbia.

Currently Chris lives on the south shore of Nova Scotia, continuing to explore and look for unique subject matter and photographing the great outdoors throughout the east coast of North America.

Visit Chris and learn more at: chrisstackhouse.com

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Episode 4 – John Burnett, Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

Podcast Episode #4 – Oct 15, 2021

In this podcast interview we will be talking to John Burnett, a photographer based in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.

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©John Burnett

For me, photography provides a creative outlet, a form of rejuvenating therapy, and a contemplative exercise. I love the outdoors and new places and I’ll often simply photograph the picturesque and interesting scenes in front of me. At the same time, I’m keen to make images that transcend time and place, evoke emotions or memories, or provoke a new thought. If I’ve made an image or written something that strikes a chord with you, then I am pleased.

I was an avid photographer in the 1970’s, but the hobby fell by the wayside with life’s obligations. I began photographing again late in 2003 with a purchase of one of the first consumer-priced DSLR’s.

Visit John and learn more at: jburnett.ca
You can also find John on social media at: flickr.com/photos/burnettjn

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Episode 3 – Ian Proctor, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Podcast Episode #3 – Sep 15, 2021

In this podcast interview we will be talking to Ian Proctor, a family and portrait photographer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

You Can Learn Photography Podcast Episode 3 – Ian Proctor (mp3)
©Ian Proctor

Born and raised in Montreal, Ian started his photography journey in High School as a Yearbook Photographer. When he was 18 he moved to Calgary Alberta where he started work in the Oil and Gas sector and spent 43 years, raising a family and continuing his photographic education.

Since 2008 Ian has been working as a semi-professional Family and Portrait photographer and made the leap to full time in 2020 when he relocated to Halifax in the middle of the pandemic.

Since moving to Halifax Ian has concentrated his focus on portrait work but has still found some time to explore Nova Scotia as his new home and is building a body of work with the focus on coastal imagery.

Ian is a proud member of the OFFBEAT Community, a creative group of Canadian Photographers that was founded by Dave Brosha and Paul Zizka.

When not working as a photographer, Ian can be found trying to find a good pick up shinny session at the local rink or walking the neighbourhood pathways trying to get his daily steps in!

Visit Ian and learn more at: ianproctor.ca (Portrait and Family work), or spiritphotography.ca (Landscape work).

You can also find Ian on social media at:
▀   facebook.com/ianproctor.ca
▀   @ianproctorphotography.

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Episode 2 – Kas Stone, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia

Podcast Episode #2 – Aug 14, 2021

In this podcast interview we will be talking to Kas Stone, a full-time photographic artist based in Guysborough County, Nova Scotia.

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©Kas Stone

Kas finds her inspiration, both personal and photographic, in the remote coastal scenery and moody weather close to home. The appeal is partly aesthetic, but also deeply rooted in her love of the great outdoors and her interest in geology and the natural environment.

Kas took up photography originally to illustrate her writings about wilderness travel, but it has since evolved into more contemplative imagery that explores the landscape in the context of broader environmental and human themes.

Her image-making always begins somewhere outdoors – on a foggy beach, a windswept barrens, a snowy field, or a bog. It then develops significantly in the digital darkroom, where Kas uses creative techniques to transform the camera’s raw materials into photographic images that are often mistaken for paintings.

Kas makes a living selling her work at fine art and craft shows across eastern Canada, exhibiting at galleries, and teaching workshops. Her portfolio also includes an extensive list of publications, with several books and feature articles in Canadian and U.K. magazines.

Visit Kas and learn more at kasstone.ca, or follow her on social media at:
▀   facebook.com/KasStoneArts
▀   instagram.com/KasStoneArts.

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Episode 1 – Peter Zwicker, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Episode #1 – July 13, 2021

In this podcast interview we are talking to Peter Zwicker, a professional photographer based in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada.

You Can Learn Photography Podcast Episode 1 (mp3)
© Peter Zwicker

Photography is a medium upon which permits Peter to reflect on the world as he sees it. For Peter Zwicker passion and photography go hand in hand. Like most people, Peter photographed family, travel and other life milestones. It has only been in later life that Peter had the time and passion to pursue photography on a serious level.

The name Bacalao is the Portuguese term for codfish and from the fishery from which his family was involved in for over 200 years.

To say that Peter is obsessive about photography may be an understatement; he likes to refer to it as a healthy passion.

If you follow Peter on social media, you will notice that all images are titled after music which has played a large part of his life.

Peter has been published locally, regionally and internationally and known for his pictorials of Nova Scotia. He has been published in a National Geographic book of UNESCO Canada, created the images for a book on the famed Bluenose and a book on the history of Black Loyalists in Nova Scotia.

Operating under the name Bacalao Photo, he does commercial and real estate photography, however his passion is landscape and marine scenery.

Peter’s work is for purchase online or in Lunenburg at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic or the Bluenose II Gift Store.

You can find out more about Peter Zwicker and his Photography by visiting his website www.bacalaophoto.ca

You can also follow Peter on social media at:
▀   facebook.com/PeterZwickerPhotography
▀   instagram.com/thelunenburger/
▀   twitter.com/TheLunenburger

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