My Top Photos - Part 1

Photo courtesy of my talented bro  Daniel Wittnebel

Photo courtesy of my talented bro Daniel Wittnebel


Photography was always second for me. I’ve always thought of myself as a writer. Taking pictures was just something I needed to do for work to go along with my stories. 

In a way, I was completely naieve, and perhaps a little cocky. I always thought whatever a picture could show, I could describe in a way that I could grip the reader in the same manner that a powerful image could. 

How wrong I was. 

Ansel Adams, the legendary landscape photographer once said, “when words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs.” 

Pictures have a power that words simply do not. Words can describe the devastation from a fire, but they can’t truly show the anguish or grief felt in a photo of say a weeping survivor. Words can describe a person, but they can rarely make you feel intrigued by someone the way a good portrait can. 

It’s from learning these lessons that I have since fallen in love with photography. It’s an extremely difficult craft, and one today’s professional photographers don’t get enough credit for. Everyone with a cell phone calls themselves a photographer these days. 

I’ve been fortunate enough to learn from some of the best photogs in Durham Region throughout my time at The Express. I’ve also spent hours reading, watching videos, and simply out taking photographs to try and hone my skills and make better images. 

This first set of photos come from my work at The Express and The Pointer over the last 12 months.

Taking pictures for newspapers comes with its own obvious challenges. Whether you’re battling the elements, a deadline, closed roads, faulty equipment, or whatever, when it comes to news photography, the paper needs an image, regardless of the circumstances. Sometimes, there’s simply no choice but to get the best image you can. 

The pressure can be a lot sometimes, but that can also play a role in creating some powerful images. 

Here are my favourites from 2018.





Joel Wittnebel