In 2012, after a twelve year stay in Golden, Penny retired from teaching and Bill closed his 2000 sq. ft. studio - and they moved lock, stock, and barrel to Victoria, where Bill promptly had a heart attack. That, combined with other health issues, forced his retirement too. Both continue to do what they love best - walking,
Born and raised in Montreal on Howdy Doody, Father Knows Best, and Leave it to Beaver, I graduated from Bishop’s University in 1967 with a First Class Honors BA, major in English.
Thus, sadly lacking in marketable skills, I headed for England, where I lived for seven years, got married, had two children, and renovated a 17th Century house. Then back to Canada and Dawson Creek, BC, where I grew my hair, wore long dresses, and went back to the land.
Couldn’t quite make it living off the land, so variously worked as a Radio Continuity Writer, a Librarian’s Assistant, and a Newspaper Reporter---Photographer. Although I had owned a film camera from the age of 12, now I could run around shooting pictures with reckless abandon.
Then, older and wiser, I went back to University for a teaching degree and headed off to Burns Lake to teach High School English and French. From there it was back to Vancouver Island for a few years to work as a Teacher on Call.
Next stop, Vancouver, where I met Bill, a professional photographer all his life. We then spent several years in Williams Lake before making the move to Golden in 2000 so that I could teach Grade 1 French Immersion.
I am drawn to the quirky, the unusual, the unexpected. I go for long rambling walks every morning, my camera at the ready. Even in Victoria, one never knows what might be waiting just around the next corner.
It’s all about the print.
These prints are not merely snapshots; they show us how we lived, dressed, worked and played. They give us a realistic view of what the world was like. Look up Vivian Maier, (vivianmaier.com) whose photography wasn’t discovered until two years after her death, to get an idea as to what will be lost if prints aren’t made in the digital age - because hard-drives do die and technology does change. We all know there are many Vivian Maiers walking around today taking DIGITAL images that won't make it very far into the future. Images will be lost forever unless files are printed.
I consider myself more of a photographic illustrator and storyteller than a conventional photographer. My large scale tableaux depicting contemporary issues through mythology and metaphor have been exhibited in public galleries. These, and many of my other works, have found their way into private collections around the world.
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