Year in Review 2017 by Pat Kane

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2017 was a great one. We had lots of adventures and memorable shoots with some wonderful people. Some personal highlights this year: hosting my On the Land exhibit, travelling to Fort Good Hope, Deline and Lutselk'e, making new friends at Land & See in PEI, and being profiled by Maclean's Explorer 150.

Here's some work I did for various clients over the past 12 months, in no particular order. As always, I'd like to thank them all for the time, energy and commitment needed to help me "get the shot". Here's to an even better 2018 for all of us!

Portraits: Gameti, Northwest Territories by Pat Kane

 The headscarf is an iconic image of Dene women in the Northwest Territories. Maryann Mantla shows her colourful scarf decorated with flowers. 

The headscarf is an iconic image of Dene women in the Northwest Territories. Maryann Mantla shows her colourful scarf decorated with flowers. 

This week I travelled to Gameti, Northwest Territories to photograph some of the people there, including their elders. I had a really wonderful time meeting everyone and hanging out in the community (my first time to Gameti too!). It's a beautiful little village between two large lakes and surrounded by bluffs. If you get the chance to visit, you really should. 

Big thank you to the Tli Cho First Nation and the community of Gameti - especially Belinda Blackduck who set it all up and invited me, and to Rita for translating and helping gather the elders. And thanks to everyone who stopped by to have their picture taken!

I hope you enjoy the photos!

 Liza Mantla

Liza Mantla

 Fred Mantla

Fred Mantla

 Rosie Mantla

Rosie Mantla

 Alphonse Apples

Alphonse Apples

 Maryann Mantla

Maryann Mantla

 Joe Mantla

Joe Mantla

 Therese Gon

Therese Gon

 Charlie Gon

Charlie Gon

 Maryadele Wetrade

Maryadele Wetrade

 Marion Apples

Marion Apples

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 David Wedawin, Chief of Gameti

David Wedawin, Chief of Gameti

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Year-long NWT Mentorship by Pat Kane

I love photography. The stories that can be told though photos gives us a better understanding of current events, history, life and culture. It's humbling that I get to share stories from the Northwest Territories with people all over the world. I've been lucky enough to have travelled throughout Northern Canada, and now I'd like to give a little bit back by offering a one-year mentorship opportunity to an aspiring photographer from the NWT. 

Why? I know first-hand how challenging it is to pursue visual arts as a potential career, and I know how valuable it is to have someone help you through the challenges. More importantly, I'd like to see more visual artists in NWT communities tell their own stories, and to help build a community of sharing and encouragement for NWT photographers. I want all of us to succeed. 

So, if you live in the NWT and you have a passion for photography, please apply - it's free!

*Please note, this is not an in-person mentorship so you do not have to live in Yellowknife to be eligible. All you need is access to Skype and an email address :)

Here's what else you need to know: 

WHEN DOES THE MENTORSHIP BEGIN:

It will start Oct 2017 and run for one year, ending at the end of Sept 2018. 

WHO CAN APPLY:

The mentorship is open to anyone of any age living anywhere in the NWT between October 1, 2017 to October 1, 2018. 

HOW TO APPLY:

Email patkanephoto@gmail.com by August 31, 2017 with the following...

  1. A link to an online portfolio (*please do not attach images).
  2. A few paragraphs about yourself and why you want to be considered.

WHAT YOU GET FROM THE MENTORSHIP:

  • Bi-monthly portfolio reviews
  • Weekly assignments and feedback
  • Advice and guidance on any photo related questions (everything from camera techniques to running a business)
  • Opportunities as a photo assistant or 2nd shooter on assignment work, where possible

HOW THE APPLICANT WILL BE SELECTED:

I'm hoping to mentor someone who loves telling stories with pictures, has talent and a genuine drive to be a better visual artist. The applicants will be judged based on the quality of their submissions, and what they have to say in their short write-up. 

I'll be choosing the mentee mid-September 2017. I'm really excited for this, it will be a wonderful learning experience all around. 

Good luck everyone! 

Mel + Dan by Pat Kane

 Mel and Dan overlook the midnight sun on the summer solstice, June 21, 2017. 

Mel and Dan overlook the midnight sun on the summer solstice, June 21, 2017. 

My two friends, Mel and Dan, got hitched on the summer solstice at beautiful Blachford Lake Lodge, NWT, and I was lucky enough to photograph it. 

Big thanks to both of you for having me along - I had such a great time meeting your awesome family and friends from out of town and spending the day with you. Pretty cool to watch the midnight sun set and rise again from the comfort of a hottub too! 

Below is a handful of photos for you to share with everyone - I hope you enjoy these and the rest of the pictures. 

Congratulations you guys, and may the years ahead be the very best ones! 

Where the Rapids Are by Pat Kane

 Buddy Gully drives his ski-do beside the Mackenzie River ramparts' limestone cliffs near Fort Good Hope, NWT. A Dene legend says that a hero named Yamoga saved many people after fighting a giant beaver. When he laid down to rest, his body formed the ramparts.  

Buddy Gully drives his ski-do beside the Mackenzie River ramparts' limestone cliffs near Fort Good Hope, NWT. A Dene legend says that a hero named Yamoga saved many people after fighting a giant beaver. When he laid down to rest, his body formed the ramparts.  

The last few days I spent time on the land with some great people from the community of Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories. The town is located in the Sahtu region, near the Arctic Circle. 

The ramparts - sheer limestone cliffs that are home to peregrines, eagles and kingfishers - are the defining geological features nearby. We travelled by snowmobile to a traditional hunting area near the Ramparts River and met up with community members starting a two-week spring bush camp.

I was asked to document part of the trip and I'm honoured to share some of these photos with you. I had a wonderful time sledding around, watching my new friends set beaver traps, fish nets and enjoy life together outside. One of the elders I talked to, Joe, said he hadn't been here in almost 30 years but has good memories of his dad making a moose hide canoe and paddling around with him when he was a boy.  

Thank you to the community of Fort Good Hope for inviting me along. Here is a small sample of the photos I got for you. I hope you enjoy them!