About Paul Coates
Hello I’m Paul Coates and I have been a photographer for 40 years as well as a photography instructor for 30 years. At present I teach: photography, photojournalism, Photoshop and InDesign. I also take on assignments and commissions. For eight years I worked as a photojournalist on weekly and daily newspapers in Ontario and Alberta.
My love of photography has changed to an acceptance that it is a bottomless pit of knowledge and creativity. It requires energy and thoughtfulness.
On the business side my main thrust these days is portraiture and event coverage. I started my photography journey by going out and photographing my city and anything that presented itself to my lens. It taught me to be observant, to constantly be aware of my surroundings, to look for juxtapositions and humorous coincidences. It taught me to be aware of the light. It taught me patience and to anticipate the next moment.