Faces of Edmonton

Telling Edmonton’s stories one photo and one conversation at a time. Shayne Woodsmith is a photographer and an award-winning writer.

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“I wrecked July 25, 1998. I was paralyzed from my neck down for...
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“I wrecked July 25, 1998. I was paralyzed from my neck down for three and a half months before I could even get a twitch … When I wrecked, I got hit in the head with a duck. I was riding my Harley Davidson. I looked down and I was doing 100 k. Then when I looked up, all I could do was hold on tig...
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“Playing some basketball after work, I’ve played since I was a...
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“Playing some basketball after work, I’ve played since I was a kid back home, in the Philippines … If I go back home, everybody is playing basketball in the streets, everywhere you can see boxing, basketball. I play with my community here. We’re all Filipino playing together so we can meet other ...
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“This is my second fiddle and I’ve had her for, let’s say,...
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“This is my second fiddle and I’ve had her for, let’s say, twelve years. My husband helped me get her when we were first dating, and she’s been with me ever since … I realized it was helping me heal when I was taking the course at The Family Centre, talking about building new neural pathways and ...
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“It was scary. There was like a denial phase. I was like, ‘No...
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“It was scary. There was like a denial phase. I was like, ‘No...
“It was scary. There was like a denial phase. I was like, ‘No way am I pregnant. I can’t be pregnant.’ I mean, yeah, I was doing everything that you can do to get pregnant. But I can’t be pregnant right? It was hard when I found out. I didn’t even want to go tell my mom. Like this was unreal. Plu...
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“I’ve been playing since July last year. It was a couple weeks...
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“I’ve been playing since July last year. It was a couple weeks...
“I’ve been playing since July last year. It was a couple weeks after it came out … This is a gym. So right now I’m battling a gym and I just took out this guy. Right now the blue team owns the gym and I’m going to take it for the red team.”“I’ve made a lot of friends, a lot of real life friends d...
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“I just picked him up and thought he looked like a Steve … I was...
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“I just picked him up and thought he looked like a Steve … I was driving home from my best friend’s house at midnight, and she lives out in St. Albert. He was slinking in the gutter. So I pulled over, and he came running over and he was half scared and half purring. And he was in pretty rough sha...
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“I could have had a better life had I taken different...
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“I could have had a better life had I taken different opportunities. But at the same time, I’m not sure that I’d be happier because I’m pretty happy right now … chefs don’t make that much money, so if I would have chosen another career, I could probably have a better quality of life … I studied m...
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“You know, every piece every sculpture has a little facet of my...
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“You know, every piece every sculpture has a little facet of my...
“You know, every piece every sculpture has a little facet of my personality. Sometimes it’s organic and flowing and sometimes it’s more straight and upright, other times it’s a lateral piece, but it’s just really how I’m feeling at that point in my life and I guess it comes across that way in the...
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“I climb mountains. That’s one of my passions … One year...
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“I climb mountains. That’s one of my passions … One year...
“I climb mountains. That’s one of my passions … One year I just started doing some hiking and found a peak that was a distance away and I just decided to see if I could find a way to get to that peak, and I just kind of took off with it. I love it. I love being in the mountains. You have to be wi...
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“This is Charley. I got him at the SPCA, one of the best things...
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“This is Charley. I got him at the SPCA, one of the best things...
“This is Charley. I got him at the SPCA, one of the best things I’ve ever done. His favourite things are eating, sleeping, walking, playing, humping. Yes, there is a teddybear that he is very romantic with. The bear’s name is Raul; he’s a spicy Spaniard.”“It was through a friend that I heard a to...
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