The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


Calgary photographer attributes her escape from depression to her art

Produced byZana El-Youssef & Kari Pedersen

Alana Burrows discovered her love for photography while attending high school in Calgary. The 21-year-old freelance photographer says her passion behind the lens has since afforded her an artistic release and a way to overcome depression.

"I had days where I couldn't seem to do anything to get me out of my funk. Photography has helped me let out my feelings without having to talk about them," says Burrows.

Picking up her first professional camera two-and-a-half years ago, Burrows says she realized that she could use photography to express the joy she feels in empowering other women by taking their pictures.

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Naomi Graaf's creative desserts will leave you with a sweet tooth

Produced by Andrea Roberts

BakingProfileNaomi Graaf has always loved baking, but it was some encouragement from her husband to point her in the right direction, after which, she jumped on YouTube, absorbing all she could from the plethora of baking and decorating tutorials.

"My husband said that anyone could make cakes and make them really neat looking but you've got to make sure they taste good," said Graaf.

Graaf would bake in the privacy of her own home until a friend asked her to bake for an event. It was then she found her passion.

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Rilee Good Eagle overcomes incredible loss by finding a silver lining in long distance running


Produced by Kelsey Solway

The November air cuts at the skin within minutes of contact. It's the coldest day of the month in the snow-covered reserve of Siksika Nation. It is a rare sight to see anyone outside for long.

Despite the weather, Rilee Good Eagle, wearing a suit of spandex and winter running gear, pushes himself to keep running.

Raised on the Siksika Nation, Good Eagle is one of the Blackfoot Confederacy's rising stars. At the North American Indigenous Games this past summer, he won three of Team Alberta's 21 medals and the first gold of the Games in the 3000-metre race.

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Emerencz Merkle's passion to grow as an artist is driving her move to Berlin

 Produced by Ali Hardstaff

Emerencz Merkle, also known as "Four Eyes" is a 23-year-old who is investing all of her extra time and energy into DJing. Despite her love for the Calgary electronic music scene, she says the city is no longer fully inspiring her artistic passion.

"Music is beyond passion, it's a way of life. When I DJ, it's more than an expression, it's what I am and what feel. A lot of the music that you play, it reflects what you're going through in your life, so people can feel that."

Her trip to Germany, she hopes, will immerse her in a culture that is even more engaged in electronic music than what she has experienced in Calgary the last several years.