Swift Cur­rent pho­tog­ra­pher up for pres­ti­gious na­tional recog­ni­tion

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Prairies - BY RYAN DAHLMAN — [email protected]­t.com

A Swift Cur­rent pho­tog­ra­pher has had three of her im­ages se­lected by the Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phers of Canada to be dis­played PPOC An­nual Image Sa­lon, its an­nual juried ex­hi­bi­tion. One of them is on merit plus two more were ac­cepted im­ages into the PPOC Na­tional Sa­lon. The ini­tial judg­ing to reach the Sa­lon level took place in On­tario at end of the Fe­bru­ary.

The PPOC Sa­lon awards ban­quet for the com­pe­ti­tion and show­case takes place April 29, at the Mon­treal Air­port Mar­riott In-Ter­mi­nal Ho­tel, Dor­val, Que­bec.

She is pleased to have en­tries there, but isn't mak­ing any pre­dic­tions.

"You never re­ally know, it is based on some cri­te­ria (but judges are sub­jec­tive)," ex­plains Knakoske.

She al­ways wants to be creative and is will­ing to ex­per­i­ment. If one thing doesn't work, per­haps some­thing else will or gives her an idea for an­other di­rec­tion.

She says re­mem­bers try­ing to do a photo shoot of one her boys and try­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent for ef­fect. She put flour on a puck and with proper light­ing and shut­ter­speed, cre­ated a unique "smoke" af­fect as her young hockey player son shot the puck.

For her, be­sides cre­at­ing a unique idea for an image, it is also crit­i­cal the mod­els/photo sub­jects are at ease as well. Her hum­ble and easy go­ing de­meanor help that.

"I think that (the cre­ativ­ity) comes down to con­fi­dence,” she says about her clients. “I feel that work­ing with more and more peo­ple, it gives me con­fi­dence and they are com­fort­able too."

While Knakoske won’t be at the PPOC event, she can still watch via the In­ter­net. They will have a live feed of the five judges go­ing around to each of the im­ages. It is a bit nerve wrack­ing as the judges can be some­times very blunt in their ver­bal cri­tiques of the im­ages.

Knakoske says she learns a lot from watch­ing the Sa­lon pro­ceed­ings, even if the por­traits or im­ages aren’t hers.

This isn’t her first na­tional nom­i­na­tion. In fact, she won awards ear­lier in her ca­reer in­clud­ing an im­pres­sive Judge Choice Award from the PPOC for the Best Child Por­trait of 2014 and won a Saskatchew­an pho­tog­ra­phers award for 2018. Ad­mit­tedly, she hasn't en­tered a lot be­tween that time from with hav­ing a chil­dren rel­a­tively close to­gether, her fo­cus was on that.

Now she got back into it and with her busi­ness thriv­ing, she de­cided to ap­ply her cre­ativ­ity to a cou­ple of unique im­ages, both very me­dieval in scope. Ar­moured is a stun­ning close-up of res­i­dent Danni Jamieson who mod­eled a chain­link head dress made at Swift Cur­rent busi­ness MailleTec In­dus­tries. Knakoske says the other rea­son Ar­moured­worked so well was the make up done on Jamieson by Ter­ri­lyne Swan­son.

There are about 20 cat­e­gories in­clud­ing ones which are not nec­es­sar­ily straight pho­tograph­ing one sub­ject. For ex­am­ple, in her image called Baby Dragon, she says the fi­nal image is ac­tu­ally five pho­tos laid one on top of the other to cre­ate a vis­ually stun­ning af­fect.

Knakoske ex­plains Baby Dragon used pho­tos, past and present. This image is made up of five im­ages. The model was shot in the stu­dio, a close up of a toy dragon and then plac­ing on other im­ages us­ing an over lay; cas­tles in the back­ground are from her Scot­land trip; an­other sky over­lay and rocks are from her Hawaii trip.

The metal cloth­ing such as the chain link in Baby Dragon and in the other PPOC-ac­cepted photo Ar­moured were done at MailleTec where she says they have cre­ated metal cloth­ing piece for tele­vi­sion shows like Game of Thrones, mu­sic videos (i.e. Madonna).

Her other ac­cepted shot is Zoomwhich was a fun shot of two of her sons and her nephew tub­ing at Saskatchew­an Land­ing Pro­vin­cial Park last sum­mer. My old­est, nephew and mid­dle child are in this photo.

"I think what re­ally caught my eye with this image was their ex­pres­sions and the drops of wa­ter blurred in the air," she notes.

Knakoske at­tend­ing the North­ern Al­berta In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (2001-2003) where she grad­u­ated with a diploma in Pho­to­graphic Tech­nol­ogy and while there ac­tu­ally at­tended a PPOC con­fer­ence. Be­sides be­ing a mem­ber of the Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phers of Canada she is an ac­cred­ited mem­ber Saskatchew­an Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phers As­so­ci­a­tion (of which she is also an ac­cred­ited mem­ber).

She worked at Gains­boro Stu­dio in Medicine Hat learn­ing the busi­ness on a pro­fes­sional level and then in 2006 came back to Swift Cur­rent. She pur­chased the Cen­tral Ave. busi­ness in 2006 and now 13 years later, Knakoske has so­lid­i­fied her­self as a creative, gifted and sought-af­ter pho­tog­ra­pher.




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