Calgary Journal photographers showcase their skills
Our favorite submissions from the annual IMPACT project
Every year, photographers from the Calgary Journal are given a creative prompt for a photo project: Impact. They’re tasked with conceiving, and executing, a photographic representation of what the word means to them. The results are always intriguing and intensely personal.
Check out our full gallery of selections below.
Photo by Kaeliegh Allan
"This is a photo of my nana (83) and my sister (7). I chose this as an impact photo because today young people do not ever sit down for a coffee with their elders and I thought a young kid as young as my sister doing just that would make an impact. My nana loves posing for these photos and they actually ended up talking about the newspaper while I was shooting them."
Photo by Adia Hall
"Taken in the hallways of my dorm. It represents the stress most students are under during their years in university. Taken with a shutter speed of 1/8 and done with a phone flashlight."
Photo by Christine O'Brien
A cyclist hits a pole and takes a face plant.
Photo by Blaise Kemna
Cornered. "I wanted to represent the idea of nature being encroached upon by civilization. I went down to my favorite spot and waited for this guy. Then I tried to frame him to give the impression of being trapped."
Photo by Carlie Belbin
"I think it is a good juxtaposition having the dog sleep on the bed while the owner is sleeping on the floor."
Photo by Georgia Longphee (set-up photo)
"I came up with this idea after election night, because I wanted to show my opinion - and since I can’t protest, I thought this would be appropriate. This idea really resonates with me because I grew up learning that hate is never okay. This photo was my message from millenials to hate-mongerers that their hate won’t stand."
Photo by Megan Osterman
"I took this photo at the Field of Crosses along Memorial Drive. It’s impactful to me because it shows a photo of soldiers, alive and hopeful, about to storm the beaches in Normandy. In the background it gives an idea of how many people lost their lives while fighting for our freedom. It means a lot to me because I had the opportunity to visit the d-day beaches in 2014. The experience left a large mark on me, and I am always focused on promoting the importance of Remembrance Day and veteran affairs.!¡"
Photo by Stephanie Hagenaars
Losing Against ‘The Winner’. "The Winner statue is downtown Calgary on 8th and 8th SW. I wanted to have someone angry that he is taking so long to make his move. If you take a look at the board, you will see he actually is winning. Originally, I wanted to have people walking in the background, blurred to show time lapse. But parks downtown on a Sunday aren’t so busy. So, to create this idea, the subject is leaning back, cigarette in hand, looking very annoyed that
(a) she is losing and
(b) he’s taking his sweet time.
Having the camera focus more on her instead of the gentleman, it shows her frustration. Her eyes looking downward cause the onlooker to look towards the board and then to the other player."
Photo by Casey Richardson
Social Pressure. "A young woman fixes her makeup while looking at photos on her phone to judge her beauty. How social media says we should look is everywhere now and especially makes us more susceptible to feel insecure in our own skin."