Orr, Pappin ©2020

My brother has two art degrees. When discussing an image of any kind, I often hear him comment on its “composition.” I think the term, as it applies to the visual arts, refers to “the placement or arrangement of ingredients.”

At first glance of this photo, I notice, on the left, a brush cut boy with a bright future; on the right, a Stanley Cup hero wearing a world-renowned Canadian emblem; and a big heavy hockey stick emboldened across them both. But after more careful examination I see — dead centre — a referee trying harder than any of us to make sense of what he’s seeing.


David Ward authors books like The Lost 10 Point Night and Bay of Hope.


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  1. Shows one who was always the best player on his team and another who never was.
    Both players have their name on the Stanley Cup twice.

    1. that’s great, brad. i never would have come up with that on my own.

  2. As you say, these pictures are not perfect, but still they convey a wonderful nostalgic message… they are ‘Wabi-sabi.’ I only learned what ‘Wabi-sabi’ means from Leslie Morgenson’s column in the “Kitchener Post”. https://www.kitchenerpost.ca/opinion-story/8678317-searching-for-the-imperfect/ “Wabi-sabi is a Japanese esthetic of finding beauty in the imperfect, in the asymmetrical, in the impermanent.”

  3. Aubrey Ferguson June 25, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Ther referee almost achieves his goal of being invisible…not being the centre of attention but the keen-eyed captionst finds him.

    1. that’s lovely, aubrey. thank-you.

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