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Her glasses caught my eye

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Annalee Giesbrecht is a graphic design student at Red River College.

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Annalee Giesbrecht is a graphic design student at Red River College.

Last month, Red River College held its 12th annual Student Art Show and Auction at The Forks. I have probably shot this assignment three or four times that I can remember and it is always a pleasant experience to walk among the students as they work on their pieces. I really like looking over their shoulders; it reminds me of my days in post-secondary school.

I took a moment to photograph Annalee Giesbrecht's piece up close and then asked her what the scariest thing she was facing as she approached her graduation this spring.

"Ha, Ha, ha... finding a job. I did a degree before this and this is the sixth year of education after high school. I am really looking forward to getting a good job so I can start paying off my student loan, instead of just accumulating more of them."

What is the hardest part about being an artist?

"The uncertainty of putting those skills to work."

What would you say is your best quality as an artist?

"I have a lot of traditional art skills. I spent a lot of time just straight up learning how to draw. So, now I can adapt those skills to doing more stylized things, I have a good foundation."

Ok, I left the big question until the end. What happened to your glasses?

"I was walking home from breakfast with friends one day and it was minus 30 degrees out like it has been for the last month or so and when I was taking my scarf off they fell off my face and they just cracked when they hit the ground."

Hopefully, Annalee will be able to get a good job and afford to buy some new glasses soon.

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About Mike Deal

After freelancing for the Winnipeg Free Press for three years, starting in 1997, Mike Deal landed a part-time job as a night photodesk editor.

His first day in the new position was supposed to be September 12, 2001. But when he woke to the news of the two towers on September 11, he automatically headed into the newsroom.

For the next few years, he split his hours at the Winnipeg Free Press between photo editing and photography. In 2008, Mike was hired full-time as a photojournalist.

Mike’s training includes a journalism diploma from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary. He also spent time at the University of Manitoba, working at the Manitoban and the U of M photo club and taking fine art courses.

Having also just finished shooting a personal project that involved taking 2,013 portraits using just his iPhone in the year 2013, he looks forward to taking the portrait project concept to another level. He will NOT be shooting 2,014 in 2014! Don't be surprised if he stops you in the street and demands a moment of your time. You have been warned!

Another personal passion of his is street photography, capturing the people of Winnipeg amongst the beautiful architecture of its downtown.

In his off-hours Mike enjoys taking photos with his iPhone, walks in Assiniboine Forest, and spending his free time with his partner Ariel and daughter Anna.

 

"I go to the street for the education of my eye and for the sustenance that the eye needs - the hungry eye, and my eye is hungry."    -Walker Evans

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