Alum Gerald Law snapped this photo of an elderly man who gave up on shaving
Gerald Law (BSc 2010 UC) spent the last four years studying the finer points of chemistry and biology, and describes himself as a “calm, quiet perfectionist.” Yet there was nothing scientific about his approach to learning photography. “I bought my first DSLR for three-hundred dollars and had no idea what I was doing,” says Law.
Poring over manuals, magazines and blogs, Law taught himself to take photos. He also got a few pointers from staff members at the photo store where he worked part-time. While he looks for a “real job” he is indulging his passion for photography. He hopes to secure a job related to his field in the near future.
Law snapped this photo in the summer of 2010 at a park near St. Michael’s hospital in Toronto. Intrigued by the elderly man’s extreme facial hair, Law boldly strode up and asked permission to take a photo. “He was fine with it,” says Law, “but he wasn’t particularly happy—he might have been sick.” The man—whose name Law has since forgotten—informed his young photographer that he hadn’t shaved in six months. This photo was taken using a Hasselblad 500CM camera with a 150mm lens. Law used Kodak Tmax 400 film and Kodak D76 developer.