RT @Northern_Clips: Focused on photography http://ow.ly/2UcYR Dayna Polakoff of Yellowknife will represent the NWT at the Canada Winter Games in Halifax
by Daron Letts
Northern News Services
Published Thursday, October 14, 2010
SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - Dayna Polakoff will represent the NWT at the Canada Winter Games in Halifax, N.S., in February, however the Grade 11 student is not competing in any sporting events.
Alyx Crawley of Alberta creates bubbles on a summer day in this shot by her friend, Yellowknife photographer Dayna Polakoff. The photograph is among the many images featured tonight in the Frozen Eyes, Open Minds exhibit at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. - Dayna Polakoff photo
Polakoff, 16, was selected to attend the games as a cultural delegate with the National Artists Program, a countrywide initiative facilitated in the NWT by Sport North and the NWT Arts Council.
The program is designed to bring together young artists aged 16 to 22 from each territory and province and match them with professional artists who will mentor them for two weeks in their artistic discipline.
Polakoff has been paired with professional graphic designer Chris Dewolf from Fort Smith. Polakoff and Dewolf will collaborate on photography projects throughout the games, which run from Feb. 11 to 27.
Polakoff has shared her work in several Ontario magazines, and earlier this year one of her photographs appeared on the label of a Jones Soda bottle. Many of her images depict happy scenes of friends enjoying the beauty of the outdoors.
"Photography is what I love to do," Polakoff said. "I like capturing moments."
Polakoff is studying digital photography and traditional film photography at Sir John Franklin High School.
Les Cameron, Polakoff's dark room instructor, said Polakoff is an eager student.
"She has a nice eye and can see the compositions through the viewfinder," he said. "I like her enthusiasm. Photography requires three things: patience, persistence, and the pursuit of perfection. I think Dayna believes that and that should go a long way."
Polakoff is displaying some of her work tonight at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre as part of the Frozen Eyes, Open Minds photography exhibition. The exhibit is organized by the Frozen Eyes Photographic Society.
"It's pretty cool," Polakoff said.
Other Yk photographers in the show include Ozgur Oner, Pablo Saravanja, Pat Kane, Brent Reaney, and Dave Prichard. Student and amateur photographers from communities throughout the NWT are also featured.
The opening reception runs from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight at the museum. The exhibit will remain on display until spring.
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