“It was my first time visiting Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. I have traveled to many distant locations in the world but have seen very little of what is in my own backyard, in my own country. Whilst enjoying a brisk, sunny autumn day at a charming little park in Waterloo, I was both surprised and delighted to see a gorgeous historic steam train travel past. Having a rather serious lifelong love of trains, seeing this beautiful historic one clamber by lit a spark of inspiration in my heart, and I had to know more about it. After some inquiries, I learned that the Heritage Number 9 Waterloo Central Railway Steam Train was still in use during the weekends, with the purpose of carrying passengers to a local market. I was thrilled to know I would be able to see and photograph this gorgeous train once again. I planned my morning carefully, making certain to arrive early at the train’s departure point. What I hadn’t anticipated was a very fortuitous meeting with Mennonite families aboard the train. My love of trains had serendipitously led me to my other lifelong love, that of meeting with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds. I was thrilled, and felt as though I had won a jackpot that morning. Captivated by the young Mennonite girl looking through the train window, I was also delighted to photograph what appeared to be her accompanying family who were very friendly and seemed quite amused by my interest in them! Following one’s intuition, and as cliché as it may be, listening to one’s heart often brings the most rewarding gifts, in both photography and in life. These gifts that unravel on our photographic and life paths are often unforeseen, but more times than not, are wonderfully exciting and profoundly rewarding. With certainty, I can say for myself, intuition is everything.”
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