Meet the 2013 Participants

Meet your fellow travellers for Peru Through the Lens – 2013!
I can’t wait! It’s going to be a fantastic group! I can already tell that you are going to be a fun bunch and we are in for a whole lot of laughs.

Katie
My name is Katie and I am 63. I am a retired for now, Early Childhood Educator and lived in Shanghai, China for 10 years where I had the most amazing job as a teacher at an international school and wonderful opportunities to travel in China and South-Asia.

I recently repatriated back to London Ontario and am happy to be close to family and friends again.

Looking at life through the lens of my camera has always been part of my life. I love to tell stories with my photos and seldom take random shots without seeing a story in my head, first. When I was teaching I would take up to 500 shots each, of my students at play/learning and present them to parents in a digital journal at the end of the year. I am also intrigued by close-up/macro photography although I do not own a macro lens – yet.

On my travel wish list is St. Petersburg, Moscow.

I am soooo excited about this trip because the focus is photography and I am looking forward to learning so much more about how to use my camera; there is so much I do right now that is more by luck than knowledge. I am also looking forward to meeting new friends.

And travelling to Peru – seriously how did that happen – I am often astounded how life can take an amazing turn.

Katie

Katie

Darrel
I have 3 awesome kids, 2 boys and a girl. I live in Sackville and I work for Presidential Ventilation Systems Ltd. I am a tech, doing sales and service.

I enjoy a lot of things, my family being one of them. My passion, what I do to relax, is my love for nature, wildlife, sports, and just being out with friends. It’s like an explosion, when the word photography is put will all the things I enjoy. “It’s All About The Light.” It’s like looking into a water globe. It’s perfect. I am like a kid at Christmas.

Darrel

Darrel

Lorne
Age 56
Retired
Married 33 years
2 boys age 26 and 28
Landscape and wildlife favourite subjects
Hate post processing, sooner watch paint dry.
Website

Lorne grew up on beautiful Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. He first developed an interest in photography while attending Acadia University. Over the years that interest has blossomed, to bring Lorne to where he is today; an accomplished amateur photographer with an ever expanding portfolio of excellent work. He is mostly self-taught but with several courses and workshops under his belt. Since 2007, Lorne has been a member of the Sackville Photography Club where he gained further knowledge and experience from colleagues, guest speakers and many field trips.

Most of his photographs are of his scenic home province where there exists a great variety of panoramic vistas, including the highlands of Cape Breton, the cliffs of Cape Chignecto, the lush beauty of the Annapolis Valley, the sandy beaches and rugged coastline of the south shore, the waterfalls, lakes and rivers of the backwoods, charming small towns with their heritage buildings and the skylines of Nova Scotian cities.

Lorne

Lorne

Eileen
In signing up for the G Adventure “Peru Through the Lens” I am hoping to reignite my earlier interest in serious, amateur photography. Before marriage and children, I once owned a SLR camera which has now become a relic in this digital age. So now as the owner of a brand new DSLR, I am hoping to re-learn and improve on a lost skill. After retirement from teaching, travel has become a yearly highlight for my husband, Don, and me with extensive trips to such places as New Zealand, Australia, Scotland, Spain, Greece, Italy, Germany, etc. This will be our first trip to South America and I’m hoping for more to follow.

As a retired Biology teacher, I have a strong interest in capturing the flora and fauna of places we visit as well as the scenery and places of interest – the usual “touristy” shots.

The photo below was taken near Wilpena Pound in Australia in 2010. I’ve also included a photo of one of the Australian lizards taken in the same area; both photos taken with a good, old point & shoot camera. Hopefully, I will progress.

Don & Eileen

Don & Eileen

Lizard by Eileen

Lizard by Eileen

Don
I describe myself as an explorer by passion, a teacher by training and an accidental photographer. In other words, I like to travel and if I take a good photograph it’s unintentional. However, I understand learning enough to realize that you have to get my attention to make me a photographer by accident. I think travel gets my attention and I’m looking forward to Peru through the Lens to improve my chances at photography. Some of my recent travels have included Scotland, New Zealand, and California.

Don

Don

Sue
Sue – 56 – looking forward to turning 57 in Peru – how’s that for a way to celebrate! I have been an avid scrapbooker for years now and have always enjoyed photography, but it is only since I retired 18 months ago, that I have had the time to really play with my camera and learn to go manual. We have had some wonderful adventures, the highlight since I retired was a 5 week trip to Argentina. What a beautiful country! I love to photograph nature and of course my own children and grandson! Photography really makes you see things through new eyes!

I am looking forward to so many things on the Peru trip – the adventure of it all – sharing a passion for photography with others with a similar interest. Of course Machu Picchu is going to be a highlight but I am anticipating that we are going to experience lots of wonderful things on this trip. I am looking forward to the home stay and of course the day with the youth at the House of the People of the Sun. Bring it all on! Can’t wait!

Sue

Sue

Alf
These days it seems to be all about that “Bucket List”! I have always wanted to see and experience some of our North. Well, I have just completed two months above the tree line working on the Ice-Highway… about 450K north of Yellowknife. I am so looking forward to this Peru trip! I love travel! In the past few years I have had the opportunity to travel to Ecuador and Argentina. I enjoyed the experiences in both countries. I especially enjoyed learning some of the local customs and sharing time with the locals in their surroundings.

Photography – a close friend of mine introduced me to this saying…way back in the 80’s: “A photograph is a slice of life, a moment in time.” To this day, I love taking photos! There is always a camera close at hand. Capturing the action, that moment is what I enjoy! Machu Picchu is and has been on that bucket list! In the fall of this year it will be Spain and Camino Frances.

I look forward to meeting each of you in the next few weeks.

Alf

Alf

Paul
Born in Eastern Ontario, Paul has lived in Nova Scotia for the past 33 years. Paul’s interests include Travel, Photography and Fishing. A 35 year career in Information Technology has allowed travel throughout North America. Personal travel has covered most of Western Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and his most recent trip, to Russia. Primary photographic interests relate to landscape, travel and nature.

Paul

Paul

Ilze

Elle

Kathy
I retired back to southwestern Ontario from B.C. about 10 years ago – I do like the 4 seasons including the snow!

Peru, especially Machu Picchu has been on my “Bucket List” for a long time. And, when I saw the ad in the local paper that a photographer was leading a group to the area, I thought that I would get to see some interesting and different things than what might be presented in a normal tour to the area. I used to be really interested in photography and then got away from it. I will probably be the only one of the group without a SLR or DSLR camera and all the lenses! I am hoping to learn lots from the group.

Audrey
This is me…and these days my girls (Italian Greyhounds Blu and Libra) are my biggest inspiration for taking pictures. This is one of my favourite types of photos…people who are unaware or unposed. My sister Katie took this picture at Christmas time and I love it…she was perfect in her timing because my expression is just under Libra’s chin and my little Blu who was afraid of the other dogs there was curled up in my neck like a scarf for protection. Every picture has a story to tell and this is all about my love for my puppies.

I will be 49yrs old in March and I am travelling on this trip with my sister Katie…even though geographic distance has separated us on many occasions we’ve always been close so experiencing this adventure together will be fantastic. I have worked in the travel industry for 24 years and during that time have travelled to 40+ countries. Needless to say I have taken many, many, many pictures, and most of those pictures sit in photo albums on a shelf or in boxes never to be looked at again. In today’s world of technology and social media we share everything…I love digital photography, I love taking pictures and now it is so easy to share.

I look forward to meeting you all in a few short weeks!!

Audrey

Audrey

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