Students of the photojournalism program at Loyalist College are taught to look at the world as a series of captive moments, as the images seen through the viewfinders of their cameras.The program was ...
Zeljko Radojcic, a truck driver from Kitchener, Ont. spends a moment with his son Aleksa before heading out for a trip to Oregon. (Photo by Darko Zeljkovic)
Dale Smith, an employee at Rancor Wood Recycling in Belleville, Ont. waits while his load of wood chips empties. Rancor brings at least five loads a week to GP Flakeboard in Bancroft, Ont. Here at the plant, they use this recycled wood as well as other wood chips to make particle board. (Photo by Sheila Snyder)
Newfoundland native Ray Oake has worked for more than a year at the 10 Acre Truck Stop in Belleville, Ont. and, since 1972, has changed tires. “It’s pretty good here. For $2 a week we can drink all the coffee we want,” said Oake.
(Photo by Trevor Frey)
Sheila Haller, 44, has for 13 years been a waitress at the 10 Acre Truck Stop in Belleville, where she has come to know some customers like family. (Photo by Elizabeth Roberts)
Transport Safety and Compliance Systems students wait for their first chance at the wheel.(Photo by Allison Kennedy)
Willis Eade, a truck driver at Allied Systems, waits for a fellow trucker to finish saying grace at the Stop 50 truck stop in Stoney Creek, Ont., before delivering a Christian newspaper called Wheels Alive.(Photo by Julie Fairrie)
Dusty Jessop stocks up on supplies at the Petro Pass Truck Stop in Kingston. (Photo by Kristine Racicot)
Hairdresser Pat Moon and trucker John Valle joke around at Moon Lighting Hair Shop at the 10 Acre Truck Stop in Belleville, Ont.
(Photo by Katharina Dillman)
A line of tires awaits Don Lewis of Attersley Tire in Kingston, Ont. In a process known as skiving, Lewis grinds away debris, broken steel belts and other damaged areas before the tires are retreaded.
(Photo by Elliot Ferguson)
Studentsof the photojournalism program at Loyalist College are taught to look at the world as a series of captive moments, as the images seen through the viewfinders of their cameras.
The program was born as recently as 1986, but in only a few years, this college in Belleville, Ont. has trained some of the nation’s top photographers. Theirs are the images that greet you from the pages of the morning paper. And theirs is the only program of its kind in Canada.
This year, 24 second-year students were asked to focus their cameras on the trucking industry. And the results were as diverse as images of life in a truck stop, the daily toils of a maintenance worker, and the nervous faces on students waiting for a chance at the wheel.
While the course teaches them technical skills, successful students already carry with them some inherent traits, says professor Doug Wicken.
“I guess there are certain things that can’t be taught,” he says. “You have to have a passion not only for journalism, but wanting to know about things. I think it’s a desire. If you have that, you can learn the skills.
“Part of the reasoning behind the (documentary photography) course is for them to take extra steps to become exposed to aspects of living.”
Even in a world dominated by video, there remains a role for the still photograph, he adds. “The image itself is one that can be lingered upon. It has a life. It has a longevity. A successful photo has a longer life than the immediacy of the news.”
And there are some images from this project that stand out in his mind. “There’s a nice moment in the one with the fellow praying in the truck stop,” Wicken says. “I remember being in Steinbach, Man., in a coffee shop, and a Mennonite fellow was saying grace over his bacon and eggs. It reminded me of that.
“And the lighting is exciting in the one where the recycling truck is on the ramp. And the fellow working on the tire. His face and body language has that universal appeal.”
This is the way the students saw the world in which you live.
Welcome to the view from their looking glass. n
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