My first story for Wondereur is now published on their site. I had the pleasure to get to know artist Val Magarian and document a day in her life. Much of her paintings are inspired by the places she lived in decades ago like the Utah desert or Guatemala.
The publication is available as an app for both iPhones and iPads. Or you can check it out online by clicking HERE.
I had the chance to participate in the Missouri Photo Workshop in September. After an incredible week, we presented the stories with prints in the local high school. Please take the time to look at the stories researched and photographed by 44 photographers by clicking HERE. To see my work click HERE.
The workshop was also featured on National Geographic Magazine’s blog HERE and HERE.
Some much needed cottage time with my beautiful cousins.
Marta Iwanek/ Waterloo Region Record
Pat Murphy always told his wife Eileen that he would care for her when they got older.
But on December 2, 2010 the Murphy’s lives were turned upside down in a way neither of them would have imagined. Pat had a major stroke and Eileen determined she would care for him at home no matter what it took.
"I love him very much, and I have a lot of faith that things can improve. And if they don’t, I’m still not going to stop loving the man.
"He’s my partner."
"Yup," says Pat.
"And when you take a partner, you should take them for life," says Eileen.
To read the story CLICK HERE.
All photos by Marta Iwanek/ Waterloo Region Record
The two stories I worked this summer at the Record were published this weekend. It’s very exciting to see something you’ve worked months on come together like this.
A car accident at a very young age, left Terri-Lynn in a wheelchair for the past 23 years of her life. Her parents decided to care for her at home, despite doctors initially calling them unreasonable. Family and friends have been trying everything they can to give her a life. After being introduced to new therapy at Brantwood Community Services in Brantford, Ontario she has made it her goal to get out of her wheelchair and start walking again.
"It’s put a light at the end of the tunnel for her to aim at. And she’s seeing that there is a possibility," says her father Russ.
To read the full story CLICK HERE.
All photos Marta Iwanek/ Waterloo Region Record
My last daily assignment for the Record was a truly wonderful one. I photographed the Cabrera family who had received news a judge at the Immigration and Refugee Board accepted their claim to stay in Canada just three hours before they were to be deported back to Mexico.
To read the story CLICK HERE.
Photo Marta Iwanek/ Record Staff.
And with that, my summer at the Record was over. I’m so thankful for everything the people at the paper and in the community have given me. I’ve learned and grown so much and miss it each day I’m gone. It really felt like it was right where I was supposed to be this summer. Now onto many more exciting things.