APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Mara Holdenried

Ajax Photography Club

With the start of the new APC season in full swing, we are excited for the return of our Featured Photographer of the Month.

Looking for some photographic inspiration? Well, look no further than the current members of the Ajax Photography Club. Each month a different APC member will be featured and we will provide a glimpse into their photographic life.

This month, the featured photographer is APC member, Mara Holdenried.

Bio:

Memories of my father always include a camera and photographs. He photographed/documented our family’s life in Latvia, Germany and Canada. I remember him being a member of a camera club in Niagara Falls. His joy in sharing photos and his passion for learning has made a powerful impression on my life. I have inherited that bug for documenting life…. my family’s and my organization, NYAD.

I studied commercial art at OCA (OCAD now) and photography classes were part of the courses. I remember wandering the streets of Toronto… photographing scenes and people, developing film and printing b&w photos. On graduation in 1969, my first job was at a photographer’s studio. A number of years later I achieved a diploma in Early Childhood Education and am still working at NYAD (Not Your Average Daycare) at this time. Since 1979, I have use my photographic abilities to document the children, the teachers and activities taking place in our child care centres. For family and friends I have created photographic books and DVDs of travels and happy times throughout the years.

Joining the Ajax Photography Club has given me the opportunity to learn, to share, and given me the incentive to get out and take photographs of the subjects I love and challenge me… birds and animals.

 

  • How would you describe your photographic style?
    Through my photography style, I try to tell a story. This is always not through just one photo but through a series of photos, a few or more.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    I loved the portraits of Karsh, the landscapes of Ansel Adams and of course the works of Annie Leibovitz. My library is filled with many photographic books of horses and African animals taken by so many fantastic photographers.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    Photography followed naturally on my love for drawing and writing in my younger years. Now, while still working, the camera and nature are my passion and challenge.
  • What was your first camera?
    My first camera, which I still have, is a little Baby Brownie Special. At OCA I had a Mamiya film camera.
  • What is your dream photo trip?
    I have travelled through many parts of beautiful Canada, a little of USA and Europe but my dream trip would be to get back to Africa. I was in Kenya & Tanzania in 2006 and South Africa in 2011. Since childhood Africa has always called to me. I am not sure where I would go now. Several countries call to me and the big cats.

You can view more of Mara’s work on our Meetup site.

APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Highlights

Ajax Photography Club

Looking for some photographic inspiration? Well, look no further than the current members of the Ajax Photography Club. Each month a different APC member is featured and we will provide a glimpse into their photographic life. This month, we decided to take a look back at all the great images shared by some of our members. Visit the link below to be inspired.

https://ajaxphotographyclub.com/category/featured-photographer/

Note: The featured photographer of the month returns in September. Have a safe summer and don’t forget your camera!

 

APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Richard Adams

Ajax Photography Club

Looking for some photographic inspiration? Well, look no further than the current members of the Ajax Photography Club. Each month a different APC member will be featured and we will provide a glimpse into their photographic life.

This month, the featured photographer is APC member, Richard Adams.

Bio:

After completing a thirty-five year career with Toronto Paramedic Services, I am now focused on photography and image creation.

Nature, architecture, and big things are subjects that hold a special fascination. I have found timelapse photography to be particularly entertaining. The camera captures moments, and the beauty of time reveals itself when processed into a movie. I love the digital darkroom that can keep up with my thoughts. I prefer to think the technology has caught up and I’m not slowing down.

  • How would you describe your photographic style?
    Regardless of the genre, my style is to fill the canvas, the bigger the better. I am trying a little of everything. My images will get stronger as I focus on the style I like the most.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    I was introduced to Canadian Photographer Fred Herzog with a book given to me by my Mother. His images make me think of time, the moments long past but still part of our consciousness. I hope today’s images will be viewed just as nostalgically as his in forty or fifty years. I also follow contemporaries like Jimmy McIntyre, Trey Ratcliff, Mey Belin, and Gunther Wegner.
  • What was your first camera?
    I
    purchased a Canon FTb in 1970. The rest, as they say, is history.
  • What is your dream photo trip?
    Heading out to see Canada and the USA with a recreational vehicle.
Thank you to the Ajax Photography Club for providing so many wonderful Meetups. This club is a great way to explore numerous disciplines and meet so many talented photographers.
Social media is a fascinating place to meet people and look at their work. I have a blog located at; http://bit.ly/Richard-Adams Please follow me at any of my social sites, I look forward to seeing you there.

APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Kelly Cullen

Ajax Photography Club

Looking for some photographic inspiration? Well, look no further than the current members of the Ajax Photography Club. Each month a different APC member will be featured and we will provide a glimpse into their photographic life.

This month, the featured photographer is APC member, Kelly Cullen.

Bio:
If asked who I am…I’m a nurse by education, a photographer for the love of it, and a sentimental mom who truly believes you can never have enough photos of the ones you love!

 

  • How would you describe your photographic style?
    My photography style, not sure and actually I think I am still developing my style. I do enjoy nature/wildlife and family/portrait photography.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    I can’t say I have one because many people inspire me to learn and do more with my photography. For example friends like Jamie Pelrine, who first introduced me to photography and Laurie Taylor who always finds new learning curves for us to explore. The internet has exposed me to Fro Knows Photo, Sue Bryce, Kelly Brown, Chris Marquardt, to name a few. The photo club has presented many different photographers that have inspired me to try new creative options, one of my favourite being Don Komarechka.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    I first sparked an interest in photography in high school. I wish I would have followed my passion and made it a career. Instead, I went into nursing, which is rewarding and provides a stable career. I would have loved to be a sports photographer or National Geographic photographer traveling the world, who wouldn’t!
  • What was your first camera?
    After college, I purchased my first DSLR, a Minolta. Then when Minolta was being replaced by Sony I made the jump to Canon and have never looked back!
  • What is your dream photo trip?
    In Nov 2016, I was fortunate enough to take my dream trip to Africa. We landed in Cape Town, South Africa and departed from Johannesburg. The trip was amazing and more than I could have imagined. There is still so much of Africa to see and I hope to return soon. Even before I left Africa, I knew I wanted to go back one day.

You can view more of Kelly’s work, visit http://www.kellycullenphotos.com/home/ And https://www.facebook.com/kellycullenphotos/

APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Alex Vanderzand

Ajax Photography Club

Looking for some photographic inspiration? Well look no further then the current members of the Ajax Photography Club. Each month a different APC member will be featured and we will provide a glimpse into their photographic life.

This month, the featured photographer is APC member, Alex Vanderzand.

Bio:
I am retired and am busier in my life than ever before. I have the time to do the things I want to do and have discovered new things to try. I enjoy traveling, exploring new interests and just enjoying life. Among my interests such as wood working, painting and carving, photography has added a new dimension. To see things from a different perspective, to manipulate light and shadows and the ability to push things to what you imagined is totally rewarding to me.

  • How would you describe your photographic style?
    I enjoy all aspects of photography to capture the images of what I have seen and witnessed. From travel, landscape, macro and wild life. To help preserve memories through my photography is very rewarding, satisfying and comforting. I thoroughly enjoy using Lightroom and Photoshop to enhance my images and at times pushing them into a creation of my imagination. This for me is a personally stimulating and challenging process.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    There isn’t a single photographer but rather an exposure to many. For example, when you see the staging, lighting and composition of BBC features and the quality of work created by other photographers you become inspired. When you see the images APC members and are involved in their information sharing, the inspiration continues.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    In my late teens I discovered the magic of photography. When the prints/slides came back from the processor I was amazed to see a moment frozen in time. A moment that would conjure up my feelings and emotions of the moment the image was taken. I also had a lot of images that were blown out, out of focus, under/over exposed but as my story goes, this seldom occurred.

    The introduction to digital imaging has been amazing. After an extended period of time of not being active in photography, my son suggested we both should try out this new “thing” and this has become a very big interest in our lives. The journey goes on.

  • What was your first camera?
    A Kodak box camera and then a Pentax Spotmatic with a 50mm lens and a lot of Kodak film.
  • What is your dream photo trip?
    A tough question. While there are many spectacular global site to witness and photograph I think that to spend time on the Bruce Peninsula with its rocky Georgian Bay shores, sand strewn beeches along Lake Huron and the diverse fields and marshes has a large appeal to me. Waterloo county with its beautiful farm country and its diversity has a similar attraction to me.

You can view more of Alex’s work on our Meetup site.

APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Todd Murrison

Ajax Photography Club

Looking for some photographic inspiration? Well look no further then the current members of the Ajax Photography Club. Each month a different APC member will be featured and we will provide a glimpse into their photographic life.

This month, the featured photographer is APC member, Todd Murrison.

Bio:
During the day, I’m a freelance commercial illustrator specializing in TV storyboards working with some really great creative Ad Agency teams across North America! Just over 4 years ago, I purchased my first DSLR, a Canon T3i. And like yourself, I guess you could say, “I got the shutter bug!” After falling victim to a bad case of G.A.S (Gear Acquisition Syndrome), I quickly learned that the gear does not make the picture, and have now focused on education, listening and most importantly; observing!

The fun thing is just trying new directions, honing a style, and hopefully create unique imagery from a frozen moment in time

  • How would you describe your photographic style?
    My comfort zone is definitely landscape. However I feel it’s best to try different areas of photography, and integrate or crossover visual aspects from one area to another.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    A LOT of my favourite photographers are no longer with us (Henri Cartier-Brisson, Ansel Adams. Yousef Karsch, Phillipe Halsman & Elliott Erwitt), Some of today’s visionaries I admire are Joe McNally, Evgeni Dinev and Max Rive.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    Back in the 80’s, I used to be an art director, and would hire photographers: It all seemed like magic to me at the time! And I still get a kick out of these cool, digital “magic boxes” today!
  • What was your first camera?
    I remember having a Kodak Pocket Instamatic 10 as a young teenager in the early 1970’s.
  • What is your dream photo trip?
    I’d say New Zealand. There’s a reason Trey Ratcliffe lives there 🙂

You can view some of Todd’s work on his Flickr link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/whitby61/  or 500px: https://500px.com/toddmurrison

APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Chris Noronha

Ajax Photography Club

Looking for some photographic inspiration? Well look no further then the current members of the Ajax Photography Club. Each month a different APC member will be featured and we will provide a glimpse into their photographic life.

This month, the featured photographer is our very own program director – Online, Chris Noronha.

Bio:
I am a Graphic Designer and hobbyist photographer who grew up in Scarborough, but now living Ajax. I enjoy all types of photography, but I especially enjoy taking landscapes and nature images. I am also a self professed long exposure junkie. I try to put my love of the outdoors into my images. I am always looking to learn & improve my photography, which is why I joined the Ajax Photography Club. Really glad I did!

  • How would you describe your photographic style?
    It is mostly Landscape and nature themed. I do a lot of long exposures along the waterfront. Although, I also enjoy taking architectural and street shots.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    I get inspired by the people around me. We have some very talented photographers in our club that continue to inspire. I would be hard pressed to not mention some of the masters that I have always admired like Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Sebastiao Salgado (just to name a few). Currently I have been fascinated by the work Daniel Kordan.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    From as long as I can remember, I have been interested in photography. I would always be the one taking pictures, even as a kid.
  • What was your first camera?
    My very first camera was a Nikon FG film camera that my aunt gave me. I never really caught the photography bug until I purchased my first DSLR, a Nikon D40X to take on my honeymoon. I’ve been bitten ever since.
  • What is your dream photo trip?
    There are so many wonderful places in this world that I would love to see, but currently Patagonia in tops on my list.

You can view some of Chris’ work on his Flickr page HERE or his Instagram @chrisnoronhaphoto.