Kerri-Jo discovered her love for photography while capturing the beauty of the equine athlete. A researcher in equine physiology, Kerri-Jo studied performance in racehorses and is a competitor, who has been Western Canadian Champion and top five in North America in distance riding. Being an artist is just Kerri-Jo’s latest career after evolving through various jobs including military officer, intelligence analyst, research scientist, horse breeder, documentary photographer, and mother. Travel is another passion. From running away in Chile as a teenager to cycling over 5,600 km throughout Europe to Nord Kapp (at 73 degrees N) as a young adult, Kerri-Jo photographs events and celebrations all over the globe. She has covered events in China (meeting with presidents and getting blessed by a Dalai Lama reincarnate), Iran (twice, including living with a tribal community in the north for three months), Turkmenistan (nine times for Turkmen Horse events and once for their Independence Day celebrations), Uruguay (covering endurance horse racing) as well as a foodie and adventure tour for Tourism Argentina. Kerri-Jo has also written numerous articles and published several photo books.
“Just how cool is it to have your image representing your country!”
“Skytrain Tunnel 1” – I wanted to capture the tracks in the skytrain as we passed through. A 50mm lens with a longer exposure (half a second) and bracing the camera against the front window allowed me to get the straight lines and the smoothness of the colours in the tunnels. It was a pleasant surprise that the alternating lights give such beautiful lighting.
“Turkmen Horse Racing” – Near Karaj, Iran they had a few races in the desert outside their village. There wasn’t a track. I was told where they would be running and we all lined up to watch. As they were coming I saw that I could get a better image from the other side. I ran across in my hijab, upsetting everyone, I mean who is that stupid woman running in front of the horses anyways! And then started shooting with my 50mm lens. I couldn’t tell how far they had gone off their supposed track but someone was yelling at me to move. After I shot this image I allowed myself to be pulled back and the horse on the right, who I didn’t see at all, ran right in front of me.