19 Dec What matters

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3: 2019 Work Review

In the previous two posts I wrote about the mechanics of making photos for work and the types of relationships needed to be successful at my job as a government photographer. As important as these two elements are to get my job done, I wouldn’t still be in this job if I didn’t feel that my work had value. In other words, it’s important to me to make images that matter.

I suspect that most of us define what matters differently and certainly those of you of a different political leaning will question that any photos that I make for government qualify. Yet, as I have photographed for three different governments, I would argue that aspects of my job are relevant regardless of which party is in power. And, there are also aspects of my job that have been made infinitely better and more meaningful under the current government.

Documenting how government works and the events that mark the year for any government forms a large part of my job and has remained largely unchanged in the past 10 years. Photographing the Speech from the Throne, the Budget, the investiture of the Order of B.C., and the occasional Royal visit forms a large portion of the historical documentation of government. That alone seems worthwhile.

From the outside, one government may appear similar to the next. Yet, there are some subtle and not so subtle differences that can make a huge difference in my job. First of

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