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.
A BIG THANK YOU to the BEAUTIFUL Models whoms names i forgot to write down and of course Don Martel for his wealth of tips, tricks and wit!!! SUCH FUN TO LEARN!!!
Nelly Antic Nabuurs, 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!”
Carol, 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
“just wanted to say thanks for the great weekend. I think I’m still on a workshop high!
Mo, Fredricton New Brunswick
Thanks Don!!!! A FUN today with nice people and some practical work!!! Real eye opener for me! Learned lots and looking forward to putting it to practice.
Nelly Antic Nabuurs Windsor Ont.
Of course, we had fun besides learning ! You are a great Teacher everyone has very Good comments of your Workshops.
Lupita , Windsor
I just wanted to say thanks for a great workshop/weekend in the Bruce! Hopefully I’ll be able to join another workshop in the future.
Melanie, Windsor Ontario
Don is a amazing photographer and mentor who loves people, life and has a curiosity for knowledge , He spreads a joie de vivre and is loved by all who has the opportunity to cross his path. Ps I feel blessed to be one of those individuals who has has the chance to know him
Jacinthe Sam LeBlanc, NB
Thanks very much, Don. I enjoyed the workshop and learned a ton!
Simone Hobson, Windsor
Thanks again for the weekend – I very much enjoyed the trip and learnt a lot. I promise to buy a tripod at some point…