1. During the Grey Cup this past year in Vancouver, Reuters photographer Todd Korol, Canadian Press photographer Paul Chiasson and I went out for dinner and some drinks one night in gastown to catch up. We started talking about how the life cycle of a photograph does not last long. It is shot, printed the next day, then used as fish wrap the next morning. In this digital age, photographs are quickly sent to the archive and seldom touched again. 

    Paul pushed me to give more life to photographs I liked. Not necessarily the ones I have shot, but just photographs in general. The next week, I contacted Chicago Tribune photojournalist Scott Strazzante and asked him if I could purchase a photograph of his that I saw in the Globe & Mail a few months ago and recently won a HM in Sports Action at the NPPA Best of Photojournalism 2011. 

    I had the pleasure of working with Scott when the Tribune sent him to Vancouver to cover Round one of the Stanley Cup playoffs last year when the Blackhawks played Vancouver. Scott is one hell of a great photographer and runs a great photo blog here.

    A few weeks ago I received a 11x14 signed print from Scott free of charge. I recently framed it and put it up in my den at my apartment.

    It isn’t a photograph of a conflict nor is it a disfranchised child in some remote country. It is simply a great sports photograph that inspires me. A solid moment captured beautifully in what could be a normal day to day hockey game. This is something I strive for.

    -Ben

     
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