Saturday, October 25, 2014


I was recently approached by an editor at the United Church Observer magazine to capture some photos of a woman named Florence Kaefer as part of their special interview issue in November.  

Florence has written a book called, Back to the Red Road that describes her incredible spiritual journey with former student, Edward Gamblin.  Florence had taught Edward in 1954 at Norway House Indian Residential School of Manitoba.

When I first read about Florence's story, I was very intrigued and excited about meeting her.  Now, after spending just over an hour in her presence, I can safely say that she is an amazing person.  It was a privilege to photograph her.

Florence carried a gift from Edward with her for most of our time together.  It's a feather he gave to her to give her strength when she was speaking in public or in unfamiliar situations.  I photographed her in different areas around her home, and in front of a beautiful Oak tree in her back yard.  She leaned against the trunk of the tree and told me that it was a sacred place for her; it was where she liked to pray.  

The story she shared with me was inspiring, hopeful and moving.  I can't wait to read her book!

I hope you enjoy these photos. 

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