WORKSHOPS - Wally Hayes

PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS & WORKSHOPS

As a photographer, I have travelled and worked extensively throughout North America from the Canadian Arctic to Mexico. We North Americans live in an incredible diverse ecosystem, but it was not until I returned to Nova Scotia in the early 1970s to put down permanent roots that it dawned on me what an incredible diverse collection of geographic features are packed into such a relative small land mass.

Nova Scotia covers an area of about 53,000 square kilometres, roughly equal to the combined  land mass of the New England states of New Hampshire and Vermont. However, our population of 920,000 is only half of those two states and a third of that population lives in the Halifax/Dartmouth region, which leaves plenty of room to move freely once you leave the Halifax area.

Although our size may be small, our coastline is anything but! Straighten out our 7,400 kilometres of seacoast and it would stretch the entire distance by road from New York to Los Angeles.

And within the confines of a province 575km in length and 130km in width is a diversity of scenery that would be hard to match. Don't take my word for it . . .  check out the photo galleries below and see for yourself. Each gallery is labelled with the name of a Nova Scotia community that is roughly central to the photographs contained therein. For the most part the photos were taken within a radius of less than 40-50 kilometres. 

Currently, I have two photographic workshops scheduled for this summer, one at Sherbrooke Village in July and the other at Ingonish in September. If you're interested in more information on either of these, or would like to explore photo opportunities in any of the other areas shown below, please get in touch with me. My contact information can be found under the CONTACT tab at the top of the page.

SHERBROOKE VILLAGE PHOTO CAMP - Did you ever wonder what it would be like to take your camera and go back in time, say 150 years or so, to capture images of a lifestyle that has long since past.  I got that opportunity a few years ago when I was approached to conduct a photo camp at the Sherbrooke Village, a former logging, shipbuilding and gold mining community whose heyday was during the mid to late 1800s and early 1900s. (See video on Sherbrooke Village history on this page) By the 1960s industries that maintained the village had died;  its population had dwindled and many of its homes and businesses had been abandoned. It was during the 60s that the Nova Scotia Museum, realizing that a piece of Nova Scotia's history was about to disappear, moved in, bought up abandoned buildings and a restoration was undertaken.Today, Sherbrooke Village is operated as a 'living museum' and it's many unique homes and businesses are open to the public, presenting an authentic picture (no pun intended) of life as it existed there between the 1860s to the 1920s. Each summer, I conduct a four-day photo camp that takes photo enthusiasts back 100 to 150 years in time to  photograph an era that has long since passed into history.  Words are not sufficient to tell you of the photographic possibilities that abound, not only within the village itself, but along the shores of the St. Mary's River that flows beside the village and the nearly seashore with its lighthouses and crashing waves.  Instead, have a look at the gallery of pictures of past photo camps. Hopefully, they may whet your appetite to step back in time with me and the people of Sherbrooke Village.For details on the 2016 Sherbrooke Village photo camp from July 18 to 21, check out this link: SHERBROOKE VILLAGE  or for further information email: WALLY HAYES


Sherbrooke History Video