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CapU in Photos: 2020

A challenging year in photos.

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When I took my first photojournalism class, our professor sent us out on weekly assignments. Each week, we would study examples of a photographic creative device — rule of thirds, juxtaposition, decisive moment, to name a few — and our job was to go out and create an image that demonstrated the device in question. 

I still refer to that list of devices from time to time, but the one I rely on most as part of my day-to-day work at CapU is emotion. No matter what I’m photographing, some of my favourite images are made when I see and document people showing and sharing unfiltered expressions of how they are feeling. 

COVID-19 changed our visual language, literally overnight. Every event I was scheduled to photograph vanished from my calendar. Any image showing groups of people together was deemed unusable. As people slowly and carefully returned to campus in September, I quickly realized the challenge of trying to make emotional photographs during a time defined by masks, physical distancing and remote learning. 

While this collection of images, as a whole, may not be as vibrant as in previous years, I hope they show a glimpse of how we’ve found ways to march on despite the challenging year we’ve experienced together. I’ll never take photographing an event, with people laughing, high-fiving and hugging, for granted ever again. 

Woman smiling while climbing bouldering wall
Ali Funk, CapU’s Active Health Programmer, at The Hive climbing gym on Feb. 11, 2020. Photo by Tae Hoon Kim for Capsule.
rail jam
A snowboarder competes in the Capilano Students Union Rail Jam event on March 12, 2020. Photo by Tae Hoon Kim.
animation Working in the animation studio on Jan. 16, 2020. Photo by Tae Hoon Kim.
drum Drumming workshop with Kofi Gbolonyo on Jan. 10, 2020. Photo by Tae Hoon Kim.
four kayakers in deep cove with mountains in the background
Outdoor Recreation Management students take part in a lesson with Deep Cove Kayak Centre on Feb. 12, 2020. Photo by Tae Hoon Kim.
IDEA IDEA School of Design students review work on Feb. 4, 2020. Photo by Tae Hoon Kim.
nana School of Communication student Nana Abena Akosah on Oct. 1, 2020. Photo by Tae Hoon Kim.
amie School of Business alumni and 2020 Alumni Award of Excellence recipient Amie Nguyen in Toronto, Ont., on Feb. 11, 2020. Photo by Chloe Ellingson.
Rodrigo Quezada sitting with laptop, studying outside his house
Rodrigo Quezada studies outside his home on April 20, 2020. “I think the hardest part of going online has been self-discipline,” he said. Photo by Tae Hoon Kim.
Neelamjit Jazz Studies alumni and 2020 Alumni Award of Excellence recipient Neelamjit Dhillon in Stevenson Ranch, Calif., on Feb. 1, 2020. Photo by Kendrick Brinson.
candace Academic Studies alumni and Alumni Award of Excellence recipient Candace Campo on Feb. 10, 2020. Photo by Tae Hoon Kim.
students smiling and walking in graduation robes and caps
Celebrating at Convocation Ceremonies on Feb. 21, 2020. Photos by Tae Hoon Kim.
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chancellor Yuri Fulmer, OBC, is robed by his wife Alesia to become the fourth Chancellor of CapU on June 18, 2020. Photo by Tae Hoon Kim.
A silhouetted man walking out of the Birch building
A man exits the Birch building on March 17, 2020. On-campus classes were suspended as the University reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Tae Hoon Kim.
long service President Paul Dangerfield welcomes employees during the drive-thru Long Service Awards on June 8, 2020. Photo by Tae Hoon Kim.
A mom and daughter, wearing masks, carrying boxes
Moving in to CapU Residence on Sept. 2, 2020. Photo by Tae Hoon Kim.
Teams meeting
Residence advisor meeting via Microsoft Teams. Photo by Steph Cardona for Capsule.
studying Studying on campus on Oct. 19, 2020. Masks became mandatory for students and employees in indoor public spaces on campus on Nov. 19. Photo by Tae Hoon Kim.
bio Biology lab on Nov. 3, 2020. Photo by Tae Hoon Kim.
A self-portrait of a student.
Self-portrait. Photo by Nathalie Taylor for Capsule.
canoe Skw’cháys at its launching ceremony on Oct. 23, 2020. Photo by Tae Hoon Kim.
cozette School of Communication student Cozette Macallum on Oct. 2, 2020. Photo by Tae Hoon Kim.
Dini Stamatopulos throwing graduation cap in the air
Dini Stamatopulos, valedictorian and the only student in attendance, throws her graduation cap in the air on June 18, 2020. Photo by Tae Hoon Kim.
Rise to the Challenge 2020 brand campaign. Video by 123W and Film Boldly.
We Believe: Emily Solomon. Video by Stephanie Townsend.
60(ish) Seconds with Roy Jantzen on the Anthro-pause. Video by Roy Jantzen, Chelsea Kelso and Tae Hoon Kim.
Outdoor Recreation program video. Video by Georgia Street Media.
Bill Coon performs “Darn that Dream” by Jimmy Van Heusen. Video by Kirk Pedersen and Tae Hoon Kim for Capsule.