South West Saskatchewan, Canada
My passion is photography. However after I have the picture I want to share it. Next comes this creative thinking spree on how to share the pictures.
I do the traditional, print the picture, install the picture as room décor, I make calendars; I wanted more. This led me to create Live Presentations. My live presentations are one of my favourite ways to share pictures. Why are live presentations a favourite? Because I meet you; my audience.
After a show or through emails, you tell me stories. You tell me about your memories; memories that my pictures brought to the surface of your mind for reviewing.
My elderly friend Mabel, came up to talk after one of my shows. My grain elevator pictures brought back to her memories, of being sixteen. Of driving a team of horses and a wagon load of grain from the family farm to the town elevator to be sold. She talked of how the horses had to back up with their feet very close to open grates. There were wooden blocks to elevate the wagon, so the grain would flow out of the wagon with a minimum degree of effort from people and horses.
My Uncle Don was very interested in the show, he remembers this area well. His family had a ranch down there, it is now part of Grasslands National Park. He shared stories of the people that he knew that are now gone and people who still live in the area.
After my S.W. Saskatchewan show, I heard from Dominique Liboiron who canoed from the Frenchman River in Saskatchewan to New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. A journey of 8 months and 3,300 miles of canoeing. He recognized a picture from my show that was part of his Saskatchewan journey to New Orleans.
Now that I have these live presentations as a way to share my pictures, I have noticed something great has been added; the way to share stories.
Photograph Courtesy of Royce Pettyjohn & SW Oldtimers Museum & Archive.
By Wendy Nuttall