My name is Sandy Sharkey. I grew up on Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa Ontario, where most of my childhood was spent catching frogs, saving baby birds, and poring over every page of the complete Funk and Wagnalls Wildlife Encyclopedia series. I couldn't wait for my Dad to bring home the next volume each month, which he got free from the IGA as a thank you for buying lots of food for our family of seven. In fact, every kid in my neighbourhood had these wildlife enclyclopedias, because each family had 5 or 6 or 7 kids, so there were a lot of trips to the IGA, which meant a lot of free books.
I dreamed about seeing the animals in those books. Not in a zoo, but finding them where they lived, in the woods, in the desert, in the ocean. Birds, deer, bears, I wanted to see them all. With the family dog always by my side, I explored the fields and swamps, looking for anything that moved, for no other reason than just to admire the fact that it existed. Animals were cool. And so, as a teenager, I knew exactly what I wanted to be.
I'm not exactly sure how that plan became so de-railed, and I spent the last 36 years working in broadcasting as a writer and a morning show radio announcer. But I spent most of my off-time with a camera, an insatiable desire to explore and hike and kayak, my adventurer husband Rob unfolding giant maps on the hood of the car during road trips to wild places.
There is nothing better than being surrounded by beauty, and it is everywhere. My camera has given me the opportunity to come full circle, and once again I am that kid that has a lot of time to discover and explore. Dogs, horses, birds, all of nature, and maybe one day I will get a photo of a wolf like the one I saw in the Funk and Wagnalls wildlife enclyclopedia.
My photos are always a work in progress and I have the best classroom, right outside.
Thank you for joining me!
p.s. maybe it's because I love the wild so much....that I also enjoy shooting live concerts. Movement, excitement, sweat..... musicians truly show off their wild side, which explains why I like to photograph them. And which also explains the category 'And Then There's This'.......