It’s funny how you can remember things like they were yesterday but really; they were 25 years ago. Back in the day before we were bombarded with daily images, Facebook, Instagram, the NY Times Lens blog, The Boston Globe’s Big Picture…You get the idea. Photographers like myself would wait for that monthly yellow bordered magazine, National Geographic. Each month was a treasure trove of images taking you on an adventure to some far flung place. Or showing you a story on some great creature newly discovered.
But for me, there were a few photographers that I really followed. When they had a story in the magazine, you dissected every one of their photos. You took the magazine with you on the road, and it was my class room for years.
And when William Albert Allard had a story in the magazine, those are the ones I saved. I remember in 1991 looking at his baseball story, so eloquently crafted, those were the kind of stories I wanted to work on. And he took the kind of photos I wanted to take.
For some reason Allard’s work stood out for me and he had this knack for capturing everything at the right moment, with gesture, light and pure magic.
25 years later Bill has become a very good friend of mine and just wrote about that baseball story on his blog today, take some time, grab a whiskey and have a read here.
Check out his work here.
And if you are in Calgary this summer he is teaching another one of his great workshops. This is a weekend you get to spend time and study with one of the great photographers of the world. Check out out here.