Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 9/9/2016 (321 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
It’s hard to believe that I will be walking out the side employee door at the Brandon Sun for the last time. For the past two decades, the Sun has been like home. I first walked through the doors at the Brandon Sun in the fall of 1996, having worked for just over a year and a half at the daily newspaper in Moose Jaw. A short stint for the this Ontario boy, figuring I would only be at the Sun for approximately the same period of time. I never imaged that I would have fallen in love with the Wheat City and form such a foundation for a career lasting 20 years. I arrived in the Wheat City a day late having been stranded at the Saskatchewan border. A mid-October blizzard forced the closure of the Trans-Canada Highway. Not an unusual experience in Western Canada. An understanding boss and supportive colleagues made me feel right at home, and as winter turned to spring, all thoughts turned to the Canada Summer Games. I couldn’t have timed my moved to Brandon any better. To be a part of this exciting event, on the ground documenting the joy, triumph and heartache was such an amazing experience. And the excitement continued with events like the World Junior Hockey Tournament, the Olympic Curling Trials and the Memorial Cup. Things sure have changed since my early days at the Sun. To start off with, the photography department still used film to capture images. Manual focus cameras, film processing and print making were still the order of the day. However, as quickly as technology changes, so did the means by which we recorded images at the Sun. Darkroom printing made way for digital film scanning. Film processing was phased out for digital cameras. Today, social media and constant updates, posts and tweets from smartphones are common place. So where is the future going? Well, it hard to say. But what I can say is working at the Brandon Sun has been an amazing ride. And all rides must come to an end. Yesterday, I walked out the very same doors I entered nearly two decades to begin a new page in my life as a teacher. Starting this fall, I will be part of a new team working at Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School as a vocational teacher in the photography department. I welcome this new adventure and look forward to the challenge ahead. As I write this last Exposure text, I have tears in my eyes. I will truly miss all the wonderful and talented staff at the Sun and my colleagues who have mentored and supported my career as a photojournalist. A photograph is simply a moment in time, and here are a few moments from the time I have spent with the Brandon Sun.