Last night my husband, children, and I attended a book launch. The photographer was George Webber and his newest book is called “In This Place: Calgary 2004-2011”.
I first met George in 1992 when I attended my first formal photography course. The course was being taught at our local technical college, SAIT, and George, I now know, was instrumental in developing their photography program. I was young at the time and in that in-between period of high school, travels abroad, and decisions about my immediate and long-term plans. I recall George being passionate about photography – his, ours, and others’ - and it left an indelible mark on me.
Fast forward to 2007 when my husband surprised me with a Canon 40D – my first foray into the digital photography world. When I had first taken that class with George those many years earlier, I’d done it with a decent SLR but one that was almost entirely automatic; I knew that I wanted to learn not only about shooting digitally but I also wanted to have a better understanding of manual settings. In 2008 I enrolled in the very same class (which now includes the digital aspect) that I’d attended back in the early ‘90’s and walked in that first night to see GEORGE WEBBER standing there! I went on to complete the Certificate of Photography at SAIT and was lucky to have George as my instructor in ‘B&W Darkroom’ as well.
During my darkroom class I told George about a party my family was hosting at our farm. George seems to be drawn to history and preservation; it seemed that our refurbishment of an old train station, and the pursuant celebration to mark its centennial, captured his interest. I asked if he might like to participate in the Authors’ Corner at the party and I was thrilled when he said yes!
I occasionally run into George – at the print lab we both use or at seminars – and I always feel like I am in the presence of a great…a man who continually strives to further his art, to encourage and mentor others, and to do it all with a smile on his face and a kind word for anyone with whom he interacts.
Please visit www.georgewebber.ca to learn more about the man and his work.
Congratulations, George, on your newest book and on being a photographer and human being who ‘raises the bar’!
Life is good!