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In their own words - Gander Photographers share favourite images from Change Islands.


CHANGE ISLANDS, NL – Photographers from the Gander Photography Club visited Change Islands on a day trip earlier this month to explore creative photographic opportunities.
The Beacon asked them about their favourite image they took during the excursion.  

This is what they had to say.

    

Wade Janes

Clarence Ngoh/The Beacon

Beauty. It's all around us in Creation: fall colours, a singing bird, a sunset.
But none is more fascinating that the beauty of love. Yes. It's a radiance from within.
When asked to choose a favourite of our Change Island outing, only one (actually two) subject came to mind. Mr. and Mrs. Chaffey, or as they prefer, Fred and Elizabeth.
Their immaculate modern home with a distinct connection to the past: the bell from Elizabeth's school, a painting of Fred's ferry boat, and other treasures.
Elizabeth, a farm girl from Saskatchewan. Fred, born here on the Rock! Married for over 60 years. As I sat there, the radiance from both clearly told the bond that had kept them together all those years, in good times and in the tough times. The most "artistic, creative" photo of the day?  Probably not! My favourite? Most definitely!

Thank you, Fred and Elizabeth, for allowing us to "invade" your home and create a memory for us!


  

Aleksa Lear

Clarence Ngoh/The Beacon

The beauty of a horse is his strength, but his eyes are what tell the story.  What is he telling you? The toils of his ancestors who worked hard to help man build his home? Or of the long winter nights in Newfoundland trying to stay warm? Who can say?  This is what I love about photography. Capture a second in time and let the imagination tell a story. Find a moment to draw you in, then wonder what the subject is thinking. What is he thinking now, looking back at me though the other end of my camera? 

This is what I do. I tell a story.
Aleksa Lear

  

Lori Cusack

Clarence Ngoh/The Beacon

Someone once said, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” 
I visited Change Islands with the Gander photography group this past Saturday. Quite the change from Gander’s fast pace. 
A few days prior to my outing, I had mentioned to mom I needed to pack a lunch for the trip. Without hesitation she offered to make homemade tea buns. Not one batch, but two. Raisin and plain for the group. I had an idea to photograph a tea bun with scenic Change Islands in the background. My picture was taken at the abandoned village of Puncheon Cove. In the distance you can see Fogo Island. As everyone knows, food triggers many a memory. My image reflects a quieter time. A simpler way of life in rural Newfoundland, where feelings and memories of home and family come to mind when eating comfort foods. I’m sure my fellow photographers will remember their Change Island adventure the next time they eat a homemade tea bun.

For me, my image represents home.

 

Amy Cusack

Clarence Ngoh/The Beacon

The highlight of my trip to Change Islands was visiting The Newfoundland Pony Sanctuary. I noticed a brown pony who was by himself. He was more interested in grazing on hay than posing for us photographers. Perhaps he was camera shy? I gave him his space and pretended to look around.  As I glanced over my shoulder Charlie straightened up. As if to say, “Go on, take your picture!”  If you ever get a chance to visit Change Islands, be sure to visit the Newfoundland Pony Sanctuary. It is worth the visit!
 

Scott Sheppard

Clarence Ngoh/The Beacon

It was a great trip involving a handful of photographers travelling to the island for a photoshoot. The weather was cooperative and it was a great social time, which I feel is important for the overall experience.  It was super to have each individual with like minds and one mission – to get what the island has to offer.  It's like taking a step back in time to reflect what it was like when I was much younger and to capture some of our culture that still remains. I sometimes look for details, colours and reflections in addition to the perfect landscape capture. I take into account the mood that's conveyed with each photo that I take, and try to capture what I feel is important to me. It's also nice to see what others have posted online and to know that each person has shared the same experience.

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