During my last trip on the Tshiuetin train, I had the pleasure of riding alongside Virginie Lamontagne from La Fabrique Culturelle. Below is a profile the arts and culture program did on my ongoing project, Wind of the North.
I recently spent time with a Yazidi family - three women and six children - from northern Iraq who are building a new life in Toronto after fleeing genocide at the hands of ISIS. Despite the unthinkable journey they have been on and the internal and external obstacles they face as a result, this family's strength was palpable and the joy from their love for one another at times made me forget what they've been through and why they're here. Read Naomi Buck's story here in Chatelaine.
Over two years after my first trip on the Tshiuetin train in summer of 2015, I am thrilled to finally see its first incarnation in print. I'm so thankful for all the people who shared their stories with me on this train and for the Walrus Magazine and the Ontario Arts Council for believing in and supporting this project.
I spent a few days at the Borden military base near Barrie, Ontario, on assignment with writer Sarah Boesveld and videographer Joe Webster for Chatelaine Magazine. The story is about a pilot program designed to get more women enlisting in the military. Their reasons for signing up for this program surprised me. For many, the military symbolized community, safety and belonging. Check out the story here.
It was a huge honour to have Wind of the North presented at the ZOOM Photo Festival. I went to this festival, tucked away in beautiful Chicoutimi, Quebec, for the first time last year and loved it. I felt so proud to be presenting a project so dear to my heart alongside so many photographers I admire, such as Adrienne Surprenant, Amber Bracken, Nam Phi Dang, Renaud Philippe, Ian Willms, and Alexis Aubin. While I was in Chicoutimi I had the opportunity to speak about Wind of the North on Radio-Canada.
On September 30th I'll be presenting work from a new project alongside some tremendously talented peers at Ryerson University in Toronto. Flash Forward always does a great job of putting their annual book together and throwing a good party, and it's neat to see the element of presentation be woven into this event. This is going to be fun!