OMG, I just read the news that Tom Hanson passed away. I studied photography with him at Dawson College Institution of Photography, way back in the late 80s early 90s. I don't know him personally, but we did assignments together! You know, sort of hung out the way students do!
Although our lives drifted, I always kept an eye out for his work. It's a photographer thing, you know! You're always checking the photo credits in magazines and/or newspapers!
He was so bored with the assignments and loved to make a mockery of it! Let's face it, they were boring! I cannot begin to count the number of times we photographed that darn gray card! LOL
He was quite the talented photographer! He left Dawson after less then 2 (two) years to pursuit his own career as a free lance photographer.
I'll always remember an adventure we had together along with my friend Philip Carpenter.
Tom had been sent on an assignment to photograph an illegal Bingo hall on a Native reserve off the island of Montreal.
There were rumours that the RCMP and QPP (Quebec Provincial Police) might raid the place.
Tom was on a free lance assignment, Philip and I were there for an opportunity to get some good shots for our photo journalism class with David Hopkins. lol I think Tom was too, but he had his priorities! lol
Nothing happened that night with the RCMP or QPP, but I did get a good photo essay out of the evening! ;o)
I shot many rolls of films and had quite the contact sheets!
Tom was a great guy! I'm deeply sadden! So young too!
My deepest sympathy to his friends and loved ones!
If you want to see some of Tom's work, the Montreal Gazette website published a blog entry, The Lens - A tribute to to CP Photojournalist Tom Hanson. The photograph of a Warrior was actually taken when he was studying photography at Dawson.
I miss photography!
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