Story by Roy Ramsay/Photography by Doug Hagadorn
The best-kept secret feature was inspired by and for photographers just cutting their teeth, or getting started in the field. Over its three-year stint as a launching pad for upcoming photographers, it has also served as a springboard for photographers who have been shooting for years, but just have n’t been able to make the jump into photography as a full-time endeavour. Does this mean that after being featured here it all changes? I’ll be frank, no. It must come from within the photographer to continue any momentum that this column might provide; at least this is my hope.
This issue we feature a photographer who has been enjoying photography for years and is one of those hidden gems, a needle in a haystack if you will. Doug Hagadorn of St. Catharine’s, ON, shoots for the sheer pleasure of it. Living and growing up in the Niagara region has made Hagadorn a stronger photographer, and more appreciative of nature’s gifts, which many people overlook in their day-to-day lives. Hagadorn wishes to share these gifts of the Niagara region of Ontario and the natural world through his photographic vision. Hagadorn’s photographic journey has taken him to the far reaches of this country and beyond, enjoying Mother Nature’s gifts wherever he goes. “Who knows where tomorrow will take me, but I know I’ll have my camera,” Hagadorn says.
Hagadorn is no stranger to “magic light.” Getting up for a sunrise shoot is well worth the effort, and he realizes that being on location for the magic that might happen makes all the difference. “There is nothing more peaceful than getting up at 4:00 a.m to shoot the magical colours of sunrise. That colour, along with the stillness and quietness of the time of day, creates a serene scene that I love to capture,” Hagadorn says.
This is the first time Hagadorn has been published, and we look forward to seeing more of his style and vision in the years to come. Whether it’s in greeting cards or calendars, or in the form of full-length feature articles, the opportunities for this shooter are boundless.
To see more of Hagadorn’s work visit his website at: www.doughagadornphotography.com.
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