boogie photographer Adam Schultz says he can’t remember when he first started working with photographers.
But the 24-year-old says the feeling is different now.
He says the focus on authenticity is what really helped him become a photographic memory.
“I remember seeing the faces of people I didn’t know, and seeing their faces and their stories and the things they did to make people happy,” Schultz told ABC News.
“It was very powerful.”
Schultz, who grew up in a Catholic household, is now an award-winning portrait photographer who says his interest in documenting human stories was sparked by a friend’s mother who died at the age of 90.
“My mother, a very beautiful woman, she died in her 80s.
And my whole life she told me, ‘I have to tell you something.
You are special because you know you are special.
You know you have a heart and you love me,’ ” he said.
Schutz has photographed more than 150 people in Canada and abroad, including former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, and the late actor David Attenborough. “
And that was what I wanted to do with my life.”
Schutz has photographed more than 150 people in Canada and abroad, including former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, and the late actor David Attenborough.
His photographs were published in the Canadian Photographic Heritage Awards in 2012.
“The world’s changing, and as photographers, we need to be able to reflect that,” he said of the digital age.
“We need to find ways to capture that, to capture the story of a place, of a moment, and we need it to be authentic.”
ABC News’ John Martin and Kevin Lee contributed to this report.