Long-time photo buff selling work; private sale planned
Regina Coulombe always has a camera handy and the 96-year-old has the photos to proof it.
“My mother bought me a box camera as a child. She sent soapbox coupons away to get it,” Coulombe said while recalling her first camera.
“I started taking pictures from there and never stopped.”
Coulombe used her box camera to photograph scenes in Port Arthur, Fort William and the East End, and to record her coast-to-coast trips until she replaced it in 1981 with a Nikon 35-mm camera.
“Now I have a little portable camera, a digital,” she said during an interview on Tuesday.
She said she prefers film, but has learned to use digital.
“The way I see things, I just wanted to have a picture of it, and many people say they don’t see things like I see,” Coulombe said.
“I see beauty everywhere I go, and that’s what I want to put on paper.”
She said people who miss “this beauty’’ often see it when they look at a photograph.
Coloumbe has amassed thousands of photographs, with album upon album stuffed into boxes, cupboards and closets in her one-bedroom apartment in Thunder Bay.
“I have tons of pictures. My children could never handle them all,” she said.
Her photographs of the Thunder Bay area date back to the 1930s and feature street scenes, landscapes and family photos.
She has planned a photograph sale for Thursday, at the PR Cook Apartments in the sixth-floor lounge. The event is not open to the public.
Proceeds will go to Shelter House Thunder Bay.
“They need food, these hungry people,” Coulombe said.
The sale will feature about 100 photographs, ranging from shots taken in the 1930s to her latest work.
Coulombe also paints landscapes and birds, and does wood carving, with birds among her favourite subjects.