‘It just seemed like this is what I’m supposed to do.’
By JOCELYNE BETHUNE - The Chronicle Herald
SYDNEY — Her images have been compared to the works of master portrait painters.
At the recent Maritime Professional Photography Association conference in Moncton, NB., the accolades continued as Katheryn Gordon took home a heap of awards, including photographer of the year, for the second year in a row.
Yet it was only four years ago that she first picked up the camera, at the urging of her husband.
I went with Warren to a photography seminar, and was really touched by the images that I saw there,’ said Ms. Gordon, wife of Warren Gordon, a Sydney photographer well known for his books and calendars of Cape Breton scenes.
On the way home, he placed a digital camera in her hands and told her he would teach her about composition. He was impressed with her initial shots, and she continued to experiment and develop her style.
By Laura Jean Grant - Cape Breton Post
SYDNEY - To say Katheryn Gordon is a quick study may be a bit a of an understatement. Only a year and a half after first picking up a camera, Katheryn has recently received both regional and national recognition for her pictures.
Katheryn, wife of successful Cape Breton photographer Warren Gordon, took up photography in April 2001 after being inspired while attending a photography event with her husband.
“I was moved by a slide show presentation of portraiture,’ she said.
Katheryn said Warren had often told her he thought she would have a knack for photography as she is very creative and enjoys the arts. After taking her first picture of Warren at an airport, Katheryn said she was hooked and began learning the art of photography from him.
Gordon credits her husband for advice, guidance and encouragement
Sydney - In three short years Katheryn Gordon has gone from amateur shutterbug to taking home the top prize at the Maritime Professional Photographers Association’s annual awards. “I received the photographer of the year award to my shock and surprise” said Katheryn. “There were so many prestigious photographers and so many who I admire (that were nominated) and to be among them was just amazing.”
Katheryn submitted four portrait photographs for the awards and all four were accepted into the competition. A total of eight finalists were selected for the association’s top honour and each photographer was then judged on the impact of their collection of work.
By Laura Jean Grant - Cape Breton Post
Sydney - Warren Gordon says the best photographs often come from simply being in the right place at the right time.
Gordon, a well-known Cape Breton photographer who recently released his 10th book of scenic Cape Breton photos, says it takes a lot of time, patience and travel around the island to compile the right mix of pictures for a book.
“I collect the best images over a period of time and when I have enough of a variety of locations and seasons, then I start thinking about putting together a book,” he says. Gordon’s latest book, entitled simply Cape Breton Island, was released this fall and contains scenic pictures from many communities and locations.
“People are always asking when the next book is coming out,” he says. “This is the first book that covers the whole island that I’ve done in about 10 years.”
By T.J. Colello - Cape Breton Post
Sydney - You can call them photography’s dynamic duo. Warren and Katheryn Gordon of Sydney were recognized by their peers in early May at the 2003 National Print Competition of the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) in Whistler, B.C.
Warren received the bar of his masters degree in photography at the competition. The bar is a type of icing on the cake for Warren - the honour is bestowed on few photographers in the country.
Katheryn, on the other hand, had four images selected for the National Print Salon, which is judged by a panel of master photographers from across Canada. One of those prints will be touring across the country in the National Loan Collection, along with 39 of the other top photos in the country.
"It happened to me last year. They chose one of my pictures to go into the National Art Collection,” she said. “To have that happen to me again the second year for a different image, I was overjoyed.”