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’m dressed up for a job interview actually. I haven’t...
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“I’m dressed up for a job interview actually. I haven’t...
“I’m dressed up for a job interview actually. I haven’t had it. It’s at 2:45. It’s for a senior manager position at my branch … I’m a bit nervous so that’s why I came out for a walk and a sit down before … You know it’s funny you asked to take my picture—I modelled for Western Canada Fashion Week...
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“I was born with albanism and growing up I faced a lot of...
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“I was born with albanism and growing up I faced a lot of...
“I was born with albanism and growing up I faced a lot of adversity. Part of my albanism is that my vision is twenty-two hundred, which basically means that everything is zoomed out. If you’ve ever turned a lens or a pair of binoculars over, that zoomed-out look, that’s kind of how I see the worl...
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“I was assaulted by someone I had known for fifteen years....
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“I was assaulted by someone I had known for fifteen years....
“I was assaulted by someone I had known for fifteen years. Eighty percent of survivors have experienced acquaintance sexual assault, so someone they know or someone they care about. So for me, it felt important to speak out, to give a face to a lot of peoples’ experiences and then it empowers peo...
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“For me it was just the pervasive nature of family violence. I...
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“For me it was just the pervasive nature of family violence. I...
“For me it was just the pervasive nature of family violence. I had seen it, obviously, through my career … My background is thirty-odd years in provincial government, primarily in the area of child protection … When I became involved in the Today Centre, it really brought out the need for coordin...
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“I work for The Family Centre, and I’m a youth liaison in south...
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“I work for The Family Centre, and I’m a youth liaison in south...
“I work for The Family Centre, and I’m a youth liaison in south west Edmonton … I was born in India and being in India you are exposed to poverty. I was in India for eight years and then moved to Australia and basically grew up in Australia. And my father is a single father and he raised us, so f...
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“When I was six, my father stabbed my mother to death in front...
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“When I was six, my father stabbed my mother to death in front...
“When I was six, my father stabbed my mother to death in front of me in the middle of the night and so, he went to prison and she died. And I was stuck in foster care for the rest of my youth … a lot of people think, ‘Maybe it was so horrifying that you blocked it out.’ I’m glad that I didn’t blo...
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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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