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So, it’s just natural that he would take photos of cars. Joe admits that sometimes he just happens to be in the right place at the right time to snap that photo of what he sees. On other times, he works with a car owner, creating a photo in a specific setting and light. “I try to capture a unique aspect of the car, or take the shot from an angle that creates a mood or an impression, or establishes a character trait that I see,” Joe explains. He also tries to capture the play of different types of light on the car to help create a particular image or impression. When all of this works out and result in an interesting photo, that’s when he considers making it a large format print. He likes to use large format prints for his car photos simply because cars are big in themselves and they deserve such treatment. For the past five years, all of Joe’s photographic work has been done digitally. Before that, he started out with black and white and then eventually moved into colour photograph. Joe has been active in photography for almost 30 years now. It all started in high school when a teacher handed him a used camera and asked him to take photos for the school yearbook. This eventually sparked his interest in photography, as
he even set up a home darkroom for developing his photos. He purchased his own camera and admits to carrying it everywhere during his last two years of high school. He went on to study journalism in university, with his photographic skills sharpened by the mandatory photo-journalism course that was part of the curriculum. Upon graduation, he found that freelance reporting jobs were easier to get if he mentioned his ability to take photos as well. So photography continued to be part of his life, both in work and as a hobby. He had developed a love for photography and it has been one of his passions ever since. Joe finds that his photos of cars evoke all kinds of reactions but in all cases, it always results in a great conversation when he is around. And since he also is a car buff, he can easily take part in any such conversation, whether it is discussing the pros and cons of a particular car or whether it is telling a story about a similar car or whether it is just a talk about cars in general. Joe Aragona’s colour photograph called “Hot Rod Hangout” is now on of the 27 pieces of art on display at the current exhibition entitled “Halcyon Days” at the owaa gallery at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex on Shea Road in Stittsville. The exhibition is on display until Friday, March 1.
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EMC news - For Brian McKerness of Richmond, participating in the annual “Walk for Memories” hosted by the Alzheimer Society is a way of honouring – and remembering – his mom. An account, he has lived and worked in Toronto, Kingston and Ottawa but through all of these moves, he has always sought out the local Alzheimer Society and has participated in the annual “Walk for Memories” in all three cities since the mid 1990’s. His mother, Madeleine Lyng, died of Alzheimer’s disease and so he honours her by participating in the Walk. He remembers his mother as a warm, funny, compassionate and intelligent person. It was a January when she passed away, so walking in the “Walk of Memories” every January seems fitting to Brian. Madeleine Lyng grew up on a farm just behind St. Clare’s Catholic Church on Dwyer Hill Road in Goulbourn. “After she finished her schooling, “Brian says, “she left for Montreal where she married and raised a family of four.” “When we children were young, our entire family would travel to the Ottawa area and visit relatives,” he recalls. “We would all say that we were going “up
home.” Now, over the years, as he takes part in the Alzheimer’s Society’s “Walk for Memories,” he once again feels on that day that he is going “up home” with his mom. “As we grow older, an illness like Alzheimer’s may affect any of us,” Brian notes. “Volunteering one Sunday morning out of the year to walk a few kilometers around an inside track is not a lot of work but can generate big rewards,” he says. Brian gets donations for his participation in the Walk by posting a sign-up sheet at work. One year he raised over $1,200 through participating in the Walk. Besides honouring his mom with his participation in the Walk, Brian has made some great new personal memories through his annual participation in the event. There’s the presence of the bagpipers who parade at the Walk. There’s also the thrill of hobnobbing with the likes of Max Keeping, the wellknown Ottawa TV personality and community booster. He finds that everything about the “Walk of Memories” is organized efficiently, right down to volunteers who help with the parking.
Happenings coming up A free winter movie night hosted by Stittsville’s youth connexion program will be held on Friday, March 8 in the hall at the Johnny Leroux Stittsville Community Arena in Stittsville. Movie starts at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. All ages welcome. Bring chairs and blankets. Snacks and drinks. An Easter egg decorating and hunt for Richmond youth in grades 5-8 offered by the city of Ottawa’s Youth Connexion
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“The Walk for Memories is truly a walk of – and for – memories,” Brian says. The annual “Walk for Memories” is being held this Sunday, Jan. 27 at 9 a.m. indoors at the Carleton University Fieldhouse. It is the Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County’s single biggest fundraiser of the year. It is expected that there will be at least 600 walkers who are expected to raise at least $225,000 through their efforts. These fundraising proceeds are used for education and support for people in the Ottawa and Renfrew County areas who are dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. There are 15,000 people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in Ottawa and Renfrew County. In addition, the funding also goes to support research initiatives. Everyone is welcome to get involved as an individual or as part of a team at the event. If you would like to participate in the “Walk for Memories,” go to www.alzheimer.ca/ottawa or call 613523-4004, ext. 145. Donations in support of the Alzheimer’s Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County can be made on the website www.walkformemories. ca .
program will be held on Friday, March 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Seniors Room off the main lobby at the Richmond Memorial Community Centre (arena) in Richmond. $5 registration fee. Use the barcode number 842193 when registering on the city of Ottawa’s website. A free winter movie night hosted by Stittsville’s youth connexion program will be held on Friday, April 12 in the hall at the Johnny Leroux Stittsville Community Arena in Stittsville. Movie starts at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. All ages welcome. Bring chairs and blankets. Snacks and drinks.
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