Mike Aporius

Mike Aporius

Director of Photography/Multimedia

Mike Aporius directs the Winnipeg Free Press’ team of photojournalists.

Recent articles of Mike Aporius

Free Press photojournalist Joe Bryksa was a gifted storyteller, a kind, generous mentor

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Free Press photojournalist Joe Bryksa was a gifted storyteller, a kind, generous mentor

By Mike Aporius / Photography by Joe Bryksa 3 minute read Friday, Nov. 12, 2021

 

Joe Bryksa was a photojournalist in the truest sense.

In reflection after reflection about Joe since his sudden death last week I was reminded of the impact he’s had on so many people, including the readers of the Free Press.

Joe started at the paper in 1994 after working his way up through the local community papers and the Winnipeg Sun.

Friday, Nov. 12, 2021

Joe Bryksa, Sept. 11, 1966 - Nov. 2, 2021

A witch craft

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A witch craft

 Mike Aporius 1 minute read Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016

A workshop on how to make ceremonial brooms was held last weekend in advance of Samhain, the Celtic New Year, which is Sunday.

“Samhain is the time when the veil between the worlds of the living and dead is thinnest,” said workshop organizer Stacy Klassen. “A time of great change and of going onward... We are using the brooms in the ritual to sweep away negativity and that which no longer serves us.”

The brooms were made with herbs such as yarrow, goldenrod, sage and mugwort, as well as grasses, sticks and feathers. They were wrapped with leather, twine, ribbons and flowers onto a staff of oak, ash or hazel.

Klassen said Halloween images of witches dancing on brooms provide an opportunity to remind people witches were initially the village healers, elders, midwives and keepers of plant medicine and spiritual knowledge before they were persecuted, tortured and executed.

Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016

#wfpChallenge: @winnipegfreepress’ weekly feature contest on Instagram

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#wfpChallenge: @winnipegfreepress’ weekly feature contest on Instagram

Mike Aporius, Free Press Director of Photography/Multimedia 1 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 3, 2013

Our next challenge pays tribute to fathers, grandfathers and all the other men who enrich our lives. Remember to tag your photos to #wfpChallenge. The winner will be published in next week’s Uptown.

Start following us on Instagram (@winnipegfreepress) for weekly feature updates, further instructions and the occasional instameetup.

Remember, the goal is to have fun! Be creative. Discuss methods and engage with your local Instagram community.

 

Wednesday, Jul. 3, 2013

Instagram user @oseirf2 entered this shot in our portraits challenge.

Photos that ‘hit me in the gut’

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Photos that ‘hit me in the gut’

Mike Aporius 1 minute read Friday, Jan. 4, 2013

Content, emotion, engagement: These, to me, are what make a great photograph.

Exposure and composition help, obviously, but without these three elements, the photo will not resonate. When I look at a photograph, I want it to tell me a story, to hit me in the gut, to make me want to know more.

Looking back at 2012, our Free Press photojournalists’ work filled these requirements again and again.

These are my choices for the best of 2012.

Friday, Jan. 4, 2013

Winnipeg Free Press
A quiet moment between Karin Schlaikjar and Molly the Mule March 29 shows a genuinely trusting and caring relationship between owner and animal.
(Boris Minkevich/Winnipeg Free Press)