We love connecting with students on our social platforms. During the time classroom learning was suspended, we came across the profile of a talented Fort Richmond Collegiate student. Rylan Dyck has a passion for photography, and we were looking to capture an authentic student perspective of Learning From Home. When we asked the class of 2020 graduate, he jumped at the opportunity to share his experience during COVID-19. Rylan spent a day taking pictures, and is now sharing a very honest and raw collection.
“The inspiration from these photos came from the surprisingly bland, distracting and far too comfortable environment of our homes,” shares Dyck.
“The Missing Body images helps portray my emotions about the pandemic and how it has affected me. I removed parts of my body such as my head in the photo to portray the emptiness some people may be feeling stuck at home. I feel as these photos aren't just visually interesting, but they can help draw attention to important topics such as mental health that some students may be struggling with during these tough times.”
Dyck’s Learning From Home gallery includes some visuals one would expect, such as binders, computers, and a workstation on the family couch. Rylan’s younger sister, Ella Dyck, an Arthur A. Leach Junior High School student is also featured in the photos. There is a candid and uplifting image of Ella playing in the backyard with the family dog.
“The single best thing you can do for yourself in times of hopelessness is to get out and do something you enjoy or interact with things that make you happy. And I felt like images of her playing with Casey would be perfect, as it shows that there is always light on the other side.”
Wise advice, and proof that this school year came with many great life lessons. Rylan will take this experience with him as he begins Red River College's professional photography program in the fall. In June, he graduated with distinction and was awarded a Partners in Education scholarship. Rylan credits Fort Richmond Collegiate, photography teacher, Tom Reid for inspiring him along the way.
“We have talked about the Red River program next year, what I want to become as an independent content creator, long term plans and of course plenty of constructive criticism which has built my skill set over the years at FRC. Without such a great teacher like Mr. Reid I honestly don't think I would be on the path I am headed today.”
Congratulations, Rylan. We wish you continued success and look forward to seeing more of your work in the future.