London Photographer to Cycle Across Canada for the Alzheimer’s Society
London Ontario – Professional photographer Don Martel of London Ontario will cycle from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean this summer to teach photography, share stories, and encouraged Canadians to donate to the Alzheimer’s Society as he makes new memories for lost memories. Starting in Vancouver on June 5, 2015 Don with start his journey of over 8000 kms, ride through 10 provinces, conducting one-day photography workshops wherever he can.
The workshops will help keep food on the campfire as he journeys across Canada making new images and memories. Don plans to be in Nova Scotia by the end of August. This trip was inspired by April Erickson and Marcel Pennington of B.C. who embarked on a four-month bike ride across Canada to raise money for the Alzheimer Society of B.C. in 2012. Don met them at a grocery store in Temagami in Northern Ontario and hearing their story, invited them to stay with his photography workshop group for the night, giving the couple a comfortable night’s rest. In the summer of 2014, April and Marcel were married in the Okanagan Valley of B.C. Don photographed the wedding with payment being a custom build bike by Marcel.
That bike got the wheels turning. Don was increasingly aware that the memories held by his mother-in-law, Marjorie Symons were slipping away due to Alzheimer’s. And so, the bike ride will be repeated with new stories, new images, and new donations to the Alzheimer’s Society.
Thanks again for the weekend – I very much enjoyed the trip and learnt a lot. I promise to buy a tripod at some point…
Lynne, Toronto Ontario
“just wanted to say thanks for the great weekend. I think I’m still on a workshop high!
Mo, Fredricton New Brunswick
The Singing Sands workshops with Don Martel were amazing. I went up twice with him, and had amazing experiences both times, and learned a lot too.
Kim Flowers, Toronto
I had a great time- you did a terrific job. Looking forward to going on another one of your workshops some time so please keep in touch.
Marsha Toronto Ontario
” As an established photographer with 30+ years of experience,
I’m always open to learning and improving my vision through workshops and studying other photographers whose work I admire.
In photography as in life, one never stops learning.
Don Martel’s workshops provide a wonderful opportunity to break from routine and look at the world through new eyes.
Don’s years of experience as a professional photographer, his wonderful teaching style, passion and his stunning images will light a
Gerry Kiaser, Windsor Ont.
“Thanks, for a great weekend, it was fun and informative. Now lets get out there and shoot the hell out of this place LOL although I may require new glasses as I am seeing in a whole new way”
Karl, Quispamsis New Brunswick
FB message Don Martel I see that you are seeing with “new eyes”
Paula O’Rourke Ah yes. I see the light!!! And lines, shapes, textures..
Today I worked with the one and only Don Martel.. Thanks for doing this window light workshop I loved it and thank you
Stan Kolasa, Windsor
Thanks very much, Don. I enjoyed the workshop and learned a ton!
Simone Hobson, Windsor
“You gave us so many lessons and teaching points – it was awesome!”
“Big take-away for me – commit to your subject; exposure – set once, use many times; think about what you are trying to do with each photo – don’t just point and click – plan ahead. Oh yeah – Depth of Field and focus!”