Category Archives: Photo Essays

Stories told with words *and* pictures are the best kind…

Saskatoon Exhibition (2012)

I used to love going to the Ex, Saskatoon’s annual fair. The year these photos were taken, we lived much closer to Prairieland Park – close enough to get residential parking passes. Also close enough to watch the nightly fireworks display from the front porch. And, since I was working at the racetrack that summer, I had an all-access pass. It was also the year I tried out the Zipper – I’m pretty sure I’ll be content with the swings next year.

We still live on the south side of Saskatoon, but we aren’t close enough to see the fireworks any more.

A Year at the Races (2007)

“The clock has run, the horse has run,
and which has measured which?”

– Cormack McCarthy

In 2007 I had a summer job as a groom at Marquis Downs. It was an eye-opening experience – I understand ex-racehorses much better now. These photos were shot with my first DSLR camera, an old Pentax, which gave the photos a gritty, grainy feel that I liked very much. I’ve gone back and photographed at the track many times since then, but have never quite been able to capture the same feel as in 2007.