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Lighting is a key element.


He continues, “To do this for a living, you have to have some degree of talent (and this talent will only grow stronger the busier you are and the more you dedicate yourself as a photographer), you have to have business skills, and — most importantly — you have to work your butt off. I wanted to try to share this message with this great group of talented photographers, and to try to inspire them a little, too. It’s not impossible to achieve whatever their goals happen to be in photography, whether that’s to get published in magazines, make a supplemental income, or set up a home studio.


“I myself have only been doing this for five or six years


seriously, having gotten my start while living in Nunavut, progressing to a tiny home studio while working full-time, and then finally taking ‘the plunge’ to follow my passion and make photography my career. Whether or not that happens with any of the photographers from this workshop remains to be seen, but I think some strong seeds have been planted.” The workshop, which attracted participants from


communities including Pangnirtung, Clyde River, Pond Inlet, Iqaluit, and Arctic Bay, was funded through a partnership of stakeholders, including the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Economic Development (through their Arts and Crafts Development Fund), the Kakivak Association, and the Hamlet of Arctic Bay’s Economic Development Committee. The Nunavut photographers who came together were very grateful for the opportunity. Nathanael Ningiuk, a Grise Fiord-born photographer


who currently resides in Pond Inlet, was enthusiastic about what he took away from the week. “The course was important because it gave us a chance to learn how to take a picture correctly and see what is involved in starting a business in photography.” When asked about his favourite aspect of the week, Ningiuk says, “the highlight was when we were out- doors doing a photo shoot with a model; it really showed me how good photos can be with lighting equipment.”


Photo by Clare Kines.


12 arcticjournal.ca July/August 2011


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