Fernie & Elk Valley Culture Guide Issue 4 - Spring 2017 - Page 23

FEATURE ARTIST Kyle Hamilton When you visit the Fernie museum this spring, be sure to spend some time in the upstairs gallery taking in the latest temporary exhibition: I Am Fernie by local photographer Kyle Hamilton. Like many Saskatchewanian Fernieites, Kyle’s childhood visits to Fernie gradually became longer and longer until he found himself living in Fernie and visiting Saskatchewan. Following the completion of his second university degree, a law degree was put on hold as a photography career began to unfold. An old film camera—a gift from his father following graduation—resulted in some inspiring travel photos. These led to a few small family portrait commissions, then the job of wedding photographer for his sister that led to more wedding commissions. After 4 years Kyle decided to pursue photography full time and opened up a studio and framing business in downtown Fernie to serve as a base. Kyle is a founding partner in Laundromat Studios, whose digital channels include Catskiing Canada, Heliskiing Canada, and Surfing Canada, among others. In addition, he provides commercial videography and wedding photography, both in Fernie and as far afield as Mexico and the Caribbean. To answer the need for creativity, Kyle began the I Am Fernie project as a content-creation initiative which slowly morphed into a desire to capture a likeness of every man, woman, and child in Fernie, both as a personal passion project and also as a photographic time capsule for future generations to enjoy. To date, over 1000 portraits have been captured. 150 of these are on display at the Museum’s exhibition along with personal essays from many of the subjects. A coffee table book and Volume 2 are due to follow. I Am Fernie is at the Fernie Museum until May 31st, 2017. Kyle Hamilton lives in Fernie with his wife and daughter. www.kylehamiltonphotography.com 23