Calgary photographers donate work to accessible housing building, ‘something to inspire us’ – Calgary


As she straightens the large photo she’s hanging, Cathy Lockerby takes a moment to describe the beautiful moment she captured with her camera, a colourful collection of spring flowers.

“It’s from the tulip garden called Tulip Town, in Washington state,” Lockerby said.

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Lockerby and other members of the Foothills Camera Club were at Inclusio Accessible Housing building in northwest Calgary, donating 52 of their photos to hang in the hallways and other public areas.

Inclusio provides housing for 45 people with disabilities.

One of the residents, Kristine Lowry, was glad to see the tulip garden photo going up.

“The thing I like about it it’s so bright,” Lowry said.

“If you’re in a down mood, the colours just kind of uplift you.”

“We wanted to create a feeling of being in a garden, being in the wilderness,” Lockerby said. “To help to bring that other world to you.”

“I think it does that,” Lowry said. “‘Cause you get to see things you don’t get to look out the window and see or get on the Handibus
and go see. So yeah, that’s pretty neat.

“For me, colour is a happy feeling.”

Foothills Camera Club member Jenny Schurer was hanging a photo of a polar bear she’d taken near Churchill, Manitoba.

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“She was playing in the snow,” Schurer said. “It was lovely to watch.”

“Very good photo,” Inclusio resident Alex Rangen said. “I think it’ll look good for the building, add a nice touch.”

“I want to thank you guys. I think this is just great,” Inclusio resident Jason Nicholson said.

“We don’t get outside enough, so it gives us something to inspire us. ‘Cause that’s what I need — something of beauty to sort of help me through the day.”

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