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What makes someone a hero?
To answer that question, St. James photographer Ian McCausland drew inspiration from the WAG’s (Winnipeg Art Gallery at 300 Memorial Blvd.) Olympus exhibit, which features ancient Greek and Roman sculptures and pottery.
"The artists of the original work, they would often use athletes as their muse," McCausland said. "So it made sense to do that."
Modern Day Heroes is a series of photos featuring four local athletes (Sophia Lee, principal dancer for Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet; Moe Leggett, safety for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers; wrestler Finn Higgins of the University of Winnipeg Wesmen; and swimmer Kimberly Moors of the University of Manitoba Bisons) in poses that channel the same kind of energy is present in the Olympus pieces.
"They had to go through that process and figure out which god they sort of aligned with of the gods that are showcased," McCausland said. He said he also did some research to better understand the background of the art found in Olympus.
"The most challenging part was to go through the process of finding motifs or elements that speak to some of the motifs within Olympus," he said. "We had to do a bit of research and get educated on what they were trying to do with the work in here and take that and try to find something that kind of relates in the pose."
McCausland, who will be running for the provincial Liberals in Assiniboia in this year’s election, added that as a photographer, he enjoyed working with models who are as connected to their bodies as the Heroes subjects were.
"They all have a unique ability to control their bodies in such a precise way, so we could get exactly what we wanted," he said. "The nice thing about digital is you get that immediate feedback… they would see that arm and say, ‘OK, I can do that just a little bit higher,’ that kind of thing. So it was a real sense of collaboration with everyone involved."
Not a sports fan by nature, McCausland said he got the opportunity to learn a bit about what each athlete does as well as who they are outside of their athletic pursuits.
"You have this perception of them as athletes of brute force… Finn for example, he was just this warm and engaging person to work with and very smart and busy at school," he said. "It was fun to work with people within these sorts of worlds."
When it comes to what makes a hero, McCausland feels it’s about inspiring others.
"We look towards our athletes, they inspire generations the way the work in Olympus has inspired generations."
Modern Day Heroes will be on display until March 6. For more information, please visit http://wag.ca/art/exhibitions.
Community journalist — The Metro
Alana Trachenko was the community journalist for The Metro