What follows are two excerpts from articles I previously wrote about two incredible Ottawa photographers. ( Slightly edited again )
Garry Black ( Original article “Who is Garry Black?” 09.09.2017 )
Like many people I sit on the sidelines peaking into this and that, making assessments and filtering to where I find some truth or something of value. Rarely, and I do mean rarely, do I find someone who gives constantly, is a professional, doesn’t play head games and is so kindhearted in nature, as Garry Black.
For many years now I’ve sent the odd message to Garry, sometimes just to bug him and sometimes to challenge him and although we rarely communicate I’ve always sensed a kinship.
What I feel is common to both of us, is a love and a respect of photography and a love of life and people.
My hat goes off to Garry Black.
Take the time to look into this wonderful man because some things are always worth it.
Michael Schreier ( Original artcile “Thank You Michael” 03.06.2017 )
I spent the afternoon today with the “Devil’s Advocate”, Michael Schreier.
Michael Schreier, a.k.a. “Satan”, is an Ottawa photographer, retired Ottawa U professor and the recent recipient of the Karsh Award.
From the outside looking in, in today’s conversation I might have appeared as being rigid and dogmatic and that perception would have been accurate. We all protect what is familiar and safe. In many ways however, the layers of life that we discussed, the challenges and the directions were already changing.
So today I did coffee with a person who gave their time and words at no cost, challenged me, gave insights and allowed me the freedom to find my way. All of which makes for a good story. In retrospect, I’m starting to believe that teachers are life’s greatest artists.
Thank you for today.