Bio - Wally Hayes

About Me

Prior to opening the Olympic Games in Montreal in 1976, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip made a brief visit to Halifax. Posing for a photo aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia are left to right: Prince Philip, Margaret Trudeau, wife of Prime Minister Trudeau, Governor General Jules Legere, Nova Scotia Premier Gerald Regan,  The Queen. Mrs. Regan, Mrs. Legere and Prime Minister Trudeau. (CP Wirephoto) 1976 (Wally Hayes)

During my more than 55-year career as a photographer and audio-visual creator, I have traveled on assignment throughout North America and other parts of the world.  

My career began as a news photographer and reporter with the Halifax Chronicle-Herald newspaper in the late 1950s and then with The Canadian Press wire service throughout the 1960s in Halifax, Vancouver and Toronto. Over the years I've photographed kings and queens, presidents and prime ministers and major figures in the sports and entertainment world, including the Beatles. My news photos and stories, ranging from two Olympic Games to major disasters and political events across North America, have been published in countless newspapers at home and abroad.

After a three-year stint in public relations in Vancouver, I returned to Nova Scotia in the early 1970s to established The Shutterbug Shops, with retail camera stores in Halifax, Dartmouth, NS, and Fredericton, NB. In the mid 1980s, I abandoned retailing and returned to photography working under contract with Nova Scotia Tourism until 2011. During a nearly 25-year stint with Tourism, I produced more than a half million images, both on slide film and digital. These images provided the visual raw material for Nova Scotia Tourism publications and literature from 1986 to 2011 and many have appeared in major national and international magazines.

My interest in audio-visual production began in Vancouver in 1969 when I began dabbling in multi projector, multi screen presentations using unpredictable Kodak dissolve controls, then the only thing available for slide shows. At Nova Scotia Tourism, my shows reached new heights of sophistication and for many years I took them to tourism promotions throughout Canada, the United States,  Europe and as far away as Japan. My largest show, for an audience of 2,500 Canadian, American and European travel agents, used 21 slide projectors on 15 screens reinforced by a cast of more than 50 live performers.

Throughout the Canadian Tourism industry, my AVs became known as “WallyVision”, a term coined in an email by someone in the tourism industry .This past summer I produced the visual component for a two-hour musical called Cape Smile that ran throughout the summer on a 44-foot-wide screen that served as a backdrop for six of Nova Scotia's top musicians.

These days I'm still shooting and producing 'WallyVision" shows as well as running photo workshops and field trips around Nova Scotia for photo clubs and aspiring photographers.