A photo of a photo

My job is sometimes boring. Once in a while I get assigned to talk to people I don’t know regarding things I don’t care about. Then I have to take a picture. Taking a picture of someone I don’t know to illustrate something I don’t care about is less than inspirational. It’s easy to fall into a rut and the resulting photos tend to scream my boredom, unfortunately.

But yesterday, the boss-man asked me to speak with the Art Gallery of Algoma’s director, Curtis Collins, about the newest additions to the gallery’s permanent collection. Three new photography portfolios from Larry Fink, Lois Conner and Andrea Modica brilliantly augment our little gallery’s already impressive collection. I found it extremely interesting to speak with Curtis about these collections, the gallery in general and the impact these acquisitions will have on the community.

Naturally, I had to take a photo to accompany my news piece.

Maybe it’s because I was taking a photo of a famous photo of a famous person taken by a famous photographer, but I knew I had to actually try with this one. And I must admit, taking a gander at the collections was inspirational. I don’t know what it is exactly, but I’m super-duper pleased with the snapshot.

The photo Curtis is holding is of boxer Donovan “Razor” Ruddock taken by Larry Fink before the 1991 Tyson-Ruddock bout. Although Tyson won both matches between he and Ruddock in 1991, Tyson still claims to this day that no one hit harder than Razor. This photo and others from Fink’s boxing collection will be featured in an upcoming exhibition at the Art Gallery of Algoma. The exhibit opens Thursday, May 6, 2010 and runs through to Sunday, July 11. If you’re in the Sault, do yourself a favour and check it out. I’ll be there with bells on.

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