On this particular visit Wayne Ngan, family friend and internationally renowned potter and painter, said that one day I would be an architect. I enjoyed many hours playing with pieces and cut ends of lumber such as 2x4s and 2x6s that Wayne used for his firewood, either in the wood stove or in the kiln. I built elaborate houses and castles, and tall towers. I never did become an architect as I had my sights set on becoming a bush pilot on the West Coast but instead later studied, worked, and lived in a Camphill Community in french Switzerland from 1982 to 1987, graduating as a Special Educator with a Diploma in Curative Education. This visit to Wayne and his family, and also to the other family friend, Heinz Laffin, another Hornby Island potter, was one of the first of many by the Scharnbergs in the ensuing 30-plus years, sometimes more than once a year.
[1959 Kodak Retina IIIS (Type 027) rangefinder 35-mm roll film camera, s/n 86125, with Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Xenon 50-mm f/1.9 Synchro Compur lens, s/n 6841319; Kodak Plus-X Pan ISO 125/22° 36-exposure black & white negative film]
© Copyright photographs by Uwe Kündrunar Scharnberg, 1969 / Stephan Alexander Scharnberg, January 2012