I love people like Jim Steele. Not only does he live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, he shares its breathtaking imagery with family and friends – and strangers – every day.
I read about Steele in The Toronto Star over the weekend. The photographer shoots the sunrise from his home in Indian Brook in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia every morning and e-mails the pictures to his list of subscribers. We should all be so lucky – to start each day viewing a masterpiece of Mother Nature. And thanks to Steele and modern technology, we can.
Beyond that, this story says a lot about the relationship between art, artist and audience. Jim could easily take the photographs for himself and file them away. He could enjoy them on his own and no one would know the difference.
Instead, he takes four hours a day to prepare the photos for distribution. This act of sharing has created connections with people he never could have otherwise – like me. That’s because Jim not only has the drive to create the photographs, but also to make them available to his fans beyond the local gallery. Now he is known around the world.
This story particularly touched me because of my fond memories of Nova Scotia when I travelled there in 2008. I spent three days driving the famed Cabot Trail and sampling seafood chowder and lobster sandwiches at every stop. It was quite an adventure and I will jump at any chance to go back there. Thank you, Jim Steele, for making it possible.