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Sam Foss: Why Photography?

Updated: Jan 7, 2019

I remember when I was little my dad pointed over to a bus full of tourists. Each of the tourists filed out of their seats after driving hours to see this beautiful historic site. One by one they lined up in front of the site, pulled out their point and shoot cameras, took ten of the same shots and filed back onto the bus. My dad asked me afterward how many I thought would ever look back on that picture and I couldn’t quite find a reason why even one of them would. There was no connection to the site. No memory. Just an exact copy of an image that thousands had taken before them. My dad was the one who got me into photography. While he taught me how to capture the world around me, he also taught me the importance of not taking a picture and simply living in the moment. As a journalist for CBC my father had travelled across the world to many countries and experienced everything from hurricanes to warzones. Whenever we travelled he would always point to the crowds of tourists taking the same photo and challenge me to find a different perspective. Over the years I have developed my passion for photography and video to do some good through work with non-profit organizations! I hope over the years I will continue to develop and improve on this passion of mine!


Sam Foss, GBDA '21

  • Student, Photographer

My name is Samuel Foss. I am an 18-year-old student from Toronto, Ontario. I have been taking pictures ever since I was very little. My father was a photographer and video journalist for CBC and he has instilled in me a passion for the world and an appreciation for my surroundings. I hope to keep practicing in the years to come and develop my passion for photography and for film as well.

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