PHOTOS: Josh’s top picks of 2020
As we look back on 2020, we would like to celebrate the top images and stories captured by talented multimedia specialists at Hamilton Health Sciences. They have taken thousands of striking photographs this year — you have likely seen their work here on our website, on our social media channels, or printed in our hospitals and centres.
We’re grateful that the stories we share can be accompanied by original photography. Seeing the subjects of our stories — whether it’s a patient, family member, community member, or staff — is an important part of storytelling that allows us to make a bigger impact. Photography gives us the opportunity to meet and connect with our subjects, and in turn, our readers can better connect with them, too.
Take a look through the lens of HHS photographer Josh Carey as he shares his top ten photos of 2020 in the gallery below.
Josh Carey’s top ten photos of 2020
How did you get into photography?
I developed an interest in photography at an early age. My family and I always spent a lot of time outdoors, so I always had a fascination with nature, and documenting and observing plants and animals. I bought my first camera when I was about 14, and took it with me everywhere I went. I fell in love with the immediate nature of photography and the ability it offered me to capture moments in time, and explore the world around me in a whole new way. Photography has transformed the way I see the world – it is how I see the world. My favourite living photographer, Annie Leibovitz, perfectly described this when she said, “One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and turn on. It’s on all the time.” It’s a beautiful, amazing and wonderful world we live in, and I never tire of trying to capture it, one photograph at a time.
What do you love about your job?
I’ve experienced what it’s like to have a monotonous job, so being able to have a career where every day is different is truly a blessing. My favourite part of my job is meeting and interacting with such a wide variety of people. As a relatively new employee with HHS, I’ve been blown away by the kindness and generosity of the staff, physicians, volunteers and patients that I’ve had the pleasure of photographing this past year. I’ve also found it fascinating to learn about many of the roles within the organization and how they all function together. I consider myself to be something of an optimist, but it’s always nice to have your faith in people reaffirmed through constant positive interactions with so many different people.
What’s your favourite thing to photograph?
I became a new father in December, 2019, so my favourite subject is easily my daughter, Ember! As far as genres go, however, I love photographing both nature and architecture. I am fascinated by the dichotomy of the natural and man-made worlds and believe you can find beauty in anything, if you look hard enough. I tend to be more of a reactionary artist, and am most creatively on fire when I get to wander and explore a new environment, be it urban or rural. In 2019, I had the pleasure of working on a personal project, photographing Hamilton in black and white. Exploring my home town and finding interesting ways to highlight its unique beauty became a real passion project. It was particularly rewarding to print my work, some of which you can see in the Hamilton Family Health Team lobby on James St. N.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
My wife and I love to spend time exploring all the trails in and around Hamilton. I definitely wasn’t built for the heat of our summers, so we especially love to be outside through the autumn and winter months. Aside from immersing myself in nature as much as possible, I’ve always had a passion for art. I’ve been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember and even studied Fine Art in University. I love illustration and watercolour and would love to one day write and illustrate a children’s book.
What are three fun facts about yourself?
1. I’m a huge book worm! I probably have more unread books sitting on my shelves than read ones, but I’m happily working my way through my collection. I believe the Harry Potter series is literary perfection, but I will read just about anything.
2. My wife and I are obsessed with Disney, and even went to Disney World for our honeymoon and Disneyland for our 2nd anniversary.
3. I’ve been playing the piano since I was 5 years old. Although I stopped taking lessons when I was 17, I continue to play for my own enjoyment, and particularly enjoy sitting down and making up the music as I play.