Year-Long Mentorship for Northerners by Pat Kane

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Over the past 12 months I’ve had the privilege of offering advice, guidance and support to Amy Badgley of Inuvik, the first person to be selected for my year-long internship. I’ve personally learned a lot through this process and I hope Amy has too – it’s been a great experience and I want to thank Amy for all her hard work. Keep an eye on her, she’s going to do some amazing things!

Now I’d like to offer the same opportunity to another aspiring photographer in Canada’s North. I’ve been very fortunate in my career to have mentors and peers that have elevated my work and encouraged me to tell stories from my perspective and I think it's important to pay that forward. Northerners should be sought out to tell stories from their own unique perspective. It helps create accurate narratives with meaning, and it diversifies the voices in Canadian visual storytelling community.

If you know an aspiring photographer in Yukon, NWT or Nunavut that could benefit from a mentorship like this, please encourage them to apply. There is no cost or strings attached – just a chance to learn more about photography and making great images.  

*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 Google Hangouts or Facebook video and an email address :)

Here's what else you need to know: 

WHEN DOES THE MENTORSHIP BEGIN:

It will start October 2018 and run for one year, ending at the end of September 2019. 

WHO CAN APPLY:

The mentorship is open to anyone of any age living anywhere in the NWT, Yukon or Nunavut between October 1, 2018 to October 1, 2019. 

HOW TO APPLY:

Email patkanephoto@gmail.com by September 21, 2018 with the following...

1.     No more than 10 photos that best reflect who you are as an artist, or a link to an online portfolio.

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, and has 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 in the last week of September, 2018.

Thank you! I’m looking forward to all of your submissions!

Michelle + Pierre by Pat Kane

 Michelle and Pierre overlooking Back Bay in Yellowknife, NT. 

Michelle and Pierre overlooking Back Bay in Yellowknife, NT. 

Photographed my first wedding in a few years after taking a hiatus from them to pursue some other projects over the last couple of summers, and I gotta say, this one was a great one! Big thanks to Michelle and Pierre for having me. You have wonderful friends and family, and they know how to have fun! All the best to both of you and cheers to a lifetime of love! 

 

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!