East End Photographer Shows That Expensive Gear Doesn’t Make The Art


Emily Bamforth does not see herself as a professional photographer.

For the East End paleontologist who works at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in the small town of just over 500 people, photography isn’t just a sideline hobby – it’s one she usually does with nothing more complicated than her iPhone.

Even so, Bamforth has now received two photos from Canadian Geographic, the most recent of which was chosen as Photo of the Week.

At the end of each week, the publication picks a standout image that has been uploaded by users to their photo club.

Bamforth’s photo, titled “January Frost” (see above), was announced the winner on Canadian Geographic’s Twitter page on January 25th, and spends the week serving as the header photo for its various social media sites.

Bamforth said she was surprised by the win, however.

“Personally, I didn’t find it particularly impressive or anything, and when I actually saw it on my Twitter feed, I scrolled past that picture and thought, wait a minute … this is my picture! And it was selected for the whole week So I was excited, but I was also really surprised. “

As mentioned above, this is the second time Bamforth has selected a photo. The first time in 2019, when a photo of her taken in the Cypress Hills was selected as part of Canadian Geographic’s 2019 Canada Parks wall calendar.

The surprise for her is the fact that, apart from a work camera that she uses on site, her personal photos are usually only taken with her smartphone, in this case an Apple iPhone. Equipment is less important to them than composing recordings.

“For me, it’s certainly not about equipment. It’s just about getting a feel for what a decent picture could make. I also spend a lot of time outside like I’m a great hiker and that’s why I live in this one especially Part of The World It’s so beautiful that you don’t have to go far to see truly breathtaking landscapes that resemble a breathtaking landscape. “

Paleontology is the type of job that requires a love of the outdoors, and the avid hiker said she enjoys highlighting part of the Canadian countryside that some refer to as simply “flat”.

“I think this part of Canada is under-represented in terms of appreciation for the landscape. Saskatchewan has a reputation for being flat and boring, and you know if you’re not from here, you won’t.” I really know it isn’t so I feel like there are a lot of opportunities to grow there. “

Bamforth added that she is glad to have the encouragement to keep doing it, even if it will only stay as a side gig. And she will continue to upload to the Canadian Geographic User Photo group.