A baby’s first step, a couple stealing a kiss, an exquisite sunset - a photograph can freeze a single moment and allow a memory to last a lifetime.
To help capture the precious moments at The Hospital for Sick Children is a team of award-winning photographers, Diogenes Baena, Mark Sawyer and Robert Teteruck. Their work has appeared in numerous medical and scientific journals and publications including Life, TIME, Maclean’s and The Toronto Star.
Whether it is an event, portrait or action scene, the photographers at SickKids help to shape the look and feel of SickKids and SickKids Foundation through their attention to detail and artistic instinct.
On February 25 and 26, the Atrium at The Hospital for Sick Children will host a photo exhibition, inSight, to display the professional and personal photographic images from Baena, Sawyer and Teteruck. Please feel free to stop by during regular business hours to view the exhibit.
Here’s a glimpse at the photographers of SickKids:
Diogenes (Dodge) Baena: http://www.elementalview.smugmug.com/
While attending school at The University of Toronto, Dodge spent most of his time in the University’s darkroom instead of in his classes. He purchased his first camera, a Minolta XE-5, at the age of 17. He honed his skills in photography at Ryerson and accepted his first job in the field in his second year. While he has worked with a variety of cameras including the Olympus and Canon systems, if he had to choose just one it would be the 5MP Olympus E-1.
Working at SickKids is a dream job for Dodge. For him, it is emotionally and spiritually fulfilling. He feels as though he is contributing to the well-being of children in the best way he can.
“Walk to Paradise Garden” by Eugene Smith is Dodge’s favourite photo. A photo featured in the exhibit from Dodge pays tribute to Smith.
Dodge’s advice for capturing the perfect photograph: “Do not impose your will, your misconceptions and prejudices on your subject matter, be it portraits or landscapes. Be like a blank slate, so that your subject matter can write their own story.”
Mark Sawyer: http://www.marksawyer.smugmug.com/
Mark has practiced still photography for many years. He began taking photos in high school and contributed to his university paper. He has used many different cameras throughout his lifetime but currently relies on his Nikon. Mark tries to shoot everything in colour and then converts it to black and white if he sees fit.
Over the last four years he has produced videos for The Hospital for Sick Children. He said that it is rewarding to contribute to the treatment of children through clinical photography and videography that help train staff and highlight the Hospital.
Mark believes there is no ideal scenario for photography. He says you can capture a great shot just about anywhere, anytime as long as you have a camera – even if it’s on a phone.
Mark’s advice for photographers: “The most important thing these days is to take the time to compose and expose correctly in the camera because the computer programs cannot “fix” everything.”
Robert Teteruck: http://www.robteteruck.smugmug.com
Robert has taken photos professionally for more than 25 years. In addition to working at SickKids, Robert works on freelance assignments for a variety of organizations like Discovery Channel, Canadian Newswire Group, Metro Land Media and others. His work has been featured in the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), the Archives of Ontario and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Instead of focusing on a specific piece of equipment, Robert is more interested in the thinking behind the camera than the technology. He views the camera as a passport that gives you the opportunity to see places others don’t often get to see.
Robert believes that having the opportunity to do what he loves every day in such a special place like SickKids is an honour.
His advice for capturing that perfect shot: “The camera can be a really magical tool because in a sense it allows us to view the world through someone else’s eyes. I think having a sense of wonder and taking the time to really look at what’s around us is key.”
Greg Wells will finally fulfill his dream of participating in the Olympics — not as a competitor but as an on-air expert.
After a gruelling selection process, including four on-camera auditions, CTV and TSN chose Dr. Wells as their on-camera sport science and medicine consultant for the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.
Wells, a scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children, will host 12 pre-filmed segments to illustrate how the human body works during sports, the first of which will air during the opening ceremonies this Friday, February 12. In addition, he will do a live rundown of injuries and gold medal performances to enhance awareness and understanding of the science behind why some athletes prevail over others.
“The segments will feature some incredible video footage like what happens to the knee joint during mogul skiing or the heart during biathlon,” Wells explained. “At the Games I’ll provide sport science and sport medicine analysis for the various sports on a daily basis.”
As a competitive swimmer growing up, Wells fought for a spot in the Olympics twice. Although he did not make it to the Games, he chose a career that allows him to study the human body during exercise. In his work, he examines the entire spectrum of physical ability from patients with chronic disease to elite athletes.
The chance to highlight his work on an international stage and represent SickKids globally is an opportunity Wells could not pass up.
“As a former athlete, coach and now a physiological scientist, the Olympics represents the ultimate laboratory for discovering how far the human body can be pushed,” he said. “And from my personal perspective, I am a huge sports fan so watching the Games up close will be absolutely fantastic.”
To follow Dr. Wells as he reports from the Olympic Games, check out his daily blog or his Twitter account, @drgregwells.
Boxes of chocolates, red roses, pink-hearted sweets and plush stuffed animals are synonymous with Valentine’s Day.
Instead of the traditional pink and red hued gifts, SickKids Foundation is giving you a chance to think outside of the box and invest in a meaningful token for your loved ones. SickKids Get Better Gifts offers unique and thoughtful gift ideas that will truly warm the heart this Valentine’s Day.
Purchase a stethoscope ($120) to ensure a child’s heartbeat won’t go unheard. Ease a parent’s mind by keeping them connected with their child’s heart through a heart monitor ($40). Give a child the chance to make his or her parents, friends, doctor or nurses a Valentine’s Day card with art supplies ($20). Whatever you choose, know that you are making a significant difference for The Hospital for Sick Children and the patients within it.
With your gift, you will have the opportunity to send a personalized message to that special someone with a traditional card or e-card.
If you would simply like to send a SickKids Valentine’s Day e-card or traditional card, we offer those too. Click here to select one of our brand new designs.
Much love to you and yours this Valentine’s Day.