Mary McNeill-Knowles - ISLAND WILD
Mary McNeill-Knowles was lucky enough to be introduced to film photography in her days as a ‘high-schooler’ in Canada. It was the only elective where she was given the opportunity to spend the class either outside exploring the school yard for something interesting to capture, or in a quiet darkroom developing her roll of film.
Mary's camera was handed down to her from her mother, who purchased it used in 1979. It even had a hand-made camera strap made from clubbing webbing hand stitched by her Outward Bound buddy.
For Mary, photography just seemed like something fun to take up again mid-way through university, where she spent long hours in front of a computer working on technical drafting programs. It was an escape, a reason to just head outside and be creative. And with no test to measure how good the photo was.