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Corner Stores

In Photography, Print on November 18, 2009 at 12:51 pm

I started photographing corner stores several years ago when I first acquired a Holga camera. A selection of corner store photos has been published in September/October issue of Saltscapes magazine. You can see the whole ever-growing set on Flickr.

Grand Manan, New Brunswick, Canada.

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Saint John receives gay tourists ‘with open arms’

In Print on June 25, 2009 at 5:49 pm
Gay couples from across the United States arrive to Saint John where many of them will be married under the Canadian law that allows for gay marriage.

Gay couples from across the United States arrive to Saint John where many of them will be married under the Canadian law that allows for gay marriage.

MARK LEGER AND BOJAN FÜRST Special to the Globe and Mail

It was a typical Saint John summer day when the Norwegian Dawn docked at Long Wharf last Tuesday – thick, cool fog enveloped the massive ship as it pulled into the harbour. Much less typical was the group of gay and lesbian activists congregated at the end of the wharf waving rainbow and Canadian flags, waiting to greet Rosie O’Donnell and the other 2,200 passengers aboard the gay cruise ship.

As the passengers passed through the security gate they were greeted with smiles, handshakes and hugs. But many of them were not headed for the Canada’s oldest city market or the Reversing Falls. Instead a dozen or so couples and their families walked straight to the bus adorned in wedding decorations waiting to take them to a Saint John courthouse. For them, this was a big day indeed.

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SOS for Princess of Acadia

In Photography, Print on June 24, 2009 at 11:58 pm
Life preserver on board Princess of Acadia.

Life preserver on board Princess of Acadia.

(Originally published in the Telegraph-Journal)

The first thing chief engineer Roger Lightfoot will tell you is, that for a salt water ship commissioned in 1971, she is in an exceptionally good condition. Even a cursory glance at the interior of the Princess of Acadia will unmistakably reveal the age she was built in. Boxy lines and oddly coloured furniture in rather dark tones throughout the ship somehow scream 70s. The bridge sports an old fashioned telegraph that was once used to communicate with the engine room, and the old radar equipment is still operational. None of it is in use today. Radio connection replaced the telegraph and ultra-modern radar systems using as many as nine Global Positioning System satellites are in place to guide a ship safely on its route between Saint John, New Brunswick, and Digby, Nova Scotia. Read the rest of this entry »

Street photography

In Photography, Print on May 22, 2008 at 9:09 pm

Kids playing on the South End streets in Saint John, New Brunswick. In their imaginative game, they were saving the cat from an imminent danger. The cat seemed to play along.

Kids playing on the South End streets in Saint John, New Brunswick. In their imaginative game, they were saving the cat from an imminent danger. The cat seemed to play along.

(Published in Dubai-based Soura magazine some of the photographs are part of a photo essay on South End neighbourhood in Saint John. The essay won silver Atlantic Journalism Award in photojournalism category in 2004.)

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Villages in Transition

In Photography, Print on May 22, 2008 at 9:00 pm

Posavina horses resting in Lonjsko Polje Nature Park.

Posavina horses resting in Lonjsko Polje Nature Park.

(Published in YouthVision magazine, China)

I arrive at dawn and villagers are already up and working: men and women biking to market with baskets full of fresh cheese and metal pails full of cream; cow herders collecting livestock from yards to take into the fields to graze; old women in black scarfs feeding chickens.

Best known for its feathery residents – white storks who make their home in large nests on the roofs of almost every house in this small Croatian village – Čigoč is also the gateway to one of Croatia’s best kept secrets: Lonjsko Polje Nature Park and marshes.

A large flood area between five rivers in central Croatia (Lonja, Sava, Kupa, Una and Strug) the park is home to some 250 bird species, 500 white and black stork couples and 21 villages.

Recognized internationally as an Important Bird Area, the region’s inhabitants are fighting to preserve their natural and cultural heritage.

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Disappearing Arts

In Photography, Print on May 22, 2008 at 8:52 pm

A man walks by a traditional coppersmith shop in Sarajevo's old Turkish quarter.

A man walks by a traditional coppersmith shop in Sarajevo's old Turkish quarter.

(Published in Toronto Star)

Hazim Numanagić exudes a calmness that permeates his entire studio and slowly spreads to those who step inside. Just around the corner, the bustle and noise of Baščaršija, Sarajevo’s old Turkish quarter is as it always was.

Hazim’s unassuming shop, located in a side street, is completely silent. A small tea pot and two small, narrow glasses are the only indications that he was indeed expecting a visitor. The smell of tobacco spreads throughout the studio as Hazim lights a cigarette and selects a particular piece of reddish reed. On his desk, there is a thick copy of Jalaluddin Rumi’s The Mathnawi and a small Qur’an. Both books are worn, yet cared for – a source of pleasure as much as inspiration.

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The Island Doctor

In Multimedia, Photography, Print on May 21, 2008 at 9:44 pm
Dr. Jesus Dapena is checking a patient's blood pressure at his small hospital on Grand Manan island off the coast of New Brunswick.

Dr. Jesus Dapena is checking a patient's blood pressure at his small hospital on Grand Manan island off the coast of New Brunswick.

A diminutive, wiry man, Dr. Jesus Dapena moves around his small hospital on Grand Manan island with the purposefulness and ease born of almost four decades of service. He is immaculately dressed with the flare of a toreador: maroon pants, elegant leather shoes and colourful tie offsetting his white shirt and a subdued tweed jacket.

“It’s nothing,” he assures one of his patients who complains of pain in her wrist. “It’s a sprained wrist. You did not break anything. Take it easy,” he orders brusquely. The lady he is talking to is well over 70. She says she did not do much of anything except lift baskets of wet laundry.

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