For one, he was born in Twillingate, where I lived as a child.
Then, his current hometown is Clarke’s Beach, where I was born and where I was employed as museum director with the town this summer.
There the personal connections end.
Minty is a celebrated photographer, while I take snaps if and when I manage to operate my daughter’s camera.
Photography has been Minty’s passion ever since he was given a Brownie camera at age twelve.
“No matter what professional career I had,” he says, “my camera was almost always with me.”
His forte is nature-based photography.
However, he was fifty before he turned his adolescent hobby into a living.
“I was always having to do other things to put bread and butter on the table,” he explains. “I didn’t want to turn eighty and never have pushed the photography envelope harder.”
His first book of Newfoundland images was Wildland Visions, published by Breakwater Books in 1993.
His most recent book is Newfoundland: An Island Apart.
“To belong to a place is a gift,” he writes in the introduction. “And I have been blessed with a profound and abiding sense of belonging to Newfoundland.”
The island informs both his photography and his life. His perennial quest has been to seek out “the island’s gems and the light that washes over them.” He has learned the light and seen the landscape’s virility.
Newfoundland: An Island Apart is a celebration in images of what this place means to him.
What does Minty hope to impart to his viewers?
In short, to “evaluate people’s consciousness; to inspire other people to appreciate the natural world in some way like I do; and to create awareness, and gain greater understanding of and appreciation for the fantastic natural world we live in.”
The photographs in Newfoundland: An Island Apart reflect a wife range of themes, from the provincial flower, a pitcher plant, to the sea crashing against the Mad Rock off the coastline of The Shoreline Heritage Trail near my hometown, Bay Roberts; from an evening of peace and tranquility in Durrell to the scenic town of Trinity; from a man following his horse on a chilly winter morning in Carbonear to The Arches of the Great Northern Peninsula.
There are more than sixty images, a veritable visual treat for the artistically weary.
As for the future of Minty the Photographer, thankfully, he plans to “continue this until I can’t move around anymore. I don’t see myself ever retiring from it.”
Newfoundland: An Island Apart is published by Breakwater Books and retails for $18.95. The ISBN is 978-1-55081-600-6.