Cre­ative pos­si­bil­i­ties await on Change Is­lands

Gan­der pho­tog­ra­phers ex­plore cre­ative pho­to­graphic op­por­tu­ni­ties

The Pilot - - Front Page - BY CLARENCE NGOH

The moon was the only source of light as a group of pho­tog­ra­phers from the Gan­der Pho­tog­ra­phy Club rose early and bat­tled sleep for a re­cent ex­cur­sion to Change Is­lands.

The group ar­rived well in ad­vance for the first ferry to leave Farewell to Change Is­lands to make full use of the day.

It was the sec­ond trip to the is­land for most peo­ple in the group, with the first ex­cur­sion be­ing an in­deli­ble ex­pe­ri­ence that left pho­tog­ra­phers want­ing more.

The di­verse sub­ject mat­ter on the itin­er­ary catered to the pho­tog­ra­phers’ var­ied in­ter­ests, and the peo­ple we met on the is­land were gen­er­ous with their time, friendly, and ac­com­mo­dat­ing.

A trip to the New­found­land Pony Sanc­tu­ary, a stop at the Olde Shoppe Mu­seum to ap­pre­ci­ate and un­der­stand his­tor­i­cal ar­ti­facts, and a few por­trait ses­sions with lo­cals filled the day.

Be­tween th­ese events, the serene land­scape of Change Is­lands pro­vided boun­ti­ful op­por­tu­ni­ties for land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy.

The trip al­lowed pho­tog­ra­phers to ex­plore and ex­tend their creativity. Lori Cu­sack used the op­por­tu­nity to “try to shoot at dif­fer­ent an­gles than I nor­mally would, by mov­ing down low, or shoot­ing through ob­jects, and play­ing with light and shadow.”

The op­por­tu­nity to pho­to­graph a va­ri­ety of sub­ject mat­ter al­lowed Lori to push her

cre­ative bound­aries out­side her com­fort zone.

“I am more com­fort­able with shoot­ing land­scapes, and I feel ner­vous with por­traits, but they still turn out the way I an­tic­i­pate, and I am happy with how they turn out.”

Amy Cu­sack, Lori’s sis­ter, says she “shoots any­thing that catches her eye.”

Amy re­mem­bers her first cam­era.

“It was around 2010, and I started off in film. It was a 35mm McDon­ald’s film cam­era. And I think I still have some film in it.”

Re­call­ing how in­tim­i­dated she was when she first started, Amy said, “(the in­for­ma­tion) wasn’t con­nect­ing at first. But right now, I can fo­cus on it, and re­mem­ber. But be­fore, it just went in one ear and out the other.”

As the ex­cur­sion came to an end and the group pre­pared the leave the is­land, a slight panic arose – there were more cars than ex­pected in the queue wait­ing for the ferry, and mur­murs that some would be stranded overnight on the is­land.

A lo­cal res­i­dent calmed any anx­i­eties.

“You can knock on any door on Change Is­land, and you will be fed and pro­vided a place to sleep if you are stranded,” he says.

One of the pho­tog­ra­phers re­marked, “I guess it will not be a bad thing not to make the ferry after all.”

The beauty and grace of Change Is­lands was deeper than the im­ages pho­tog­ra­phers cap­tured. It was also wit­nessed through the gen­eros­ity and hos­pi­tal­ity of its peo­ple.

They may yet see another trip in the not-too-dis­tant fu­ture.

There was more work when the pho­tog­ra­phers ar­rived home, as sort­ing, edit­ing and post-pro­cess­ing the im­ages awaited.

The Gan­der Pho­tog­ra­phy Club meets ev­ery two weeks at the Gan­der Town Hall. For more in­for­ma­tion, check out their Face­book Page – Gan­der Pho­tog­ra­phy Group.


Amy Cu­sack (cen­tre) dis­cov­ers an in­ter­est­ing an­gle from which to cap­ture an ob­ject in St. Mar­garets’s Angli­can Church on Change Is­lands as part of an ex­cur­sion of the Gan­der Pho­tog­ra­phy Club. Look inside The Pi­lot for more cov­er­age.

A few mem­bers of the Gan­der Pho­tog­ra­phy Group trav­elled to Change Is­lands for a day trip. There are ap­prox­i­mately 25 mem­bers in the club. Pic­tured (from left)Wade Janes, Scott Shep­pard, Si­mon Daw­son, St­ed­man Har­vey, Amy Cu­sack, Aleksa Lear, Lori Cu­sack, Der­mot Chafe, and Clarence Ngoh.

Wade Janes, Aleksa Lear and Lori Cu­sack are cap­ti­vated by the many tales Peter Porter, owner of the Olde Shoppe Mu­seum on Change Is­lands, de­scribes about his­tor­i­cal ar­ti­facts found in the mu­seum.

Lori Cu­sack, Amy Cu­sack, Scott Shep­pard and Aleksa Lear ex­change pho­tog­ra­phy tips, and dis­cuss re­cent im­ages and lo­ca­tions of photo shoots on the ferry to Change Is­lands.

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