GEORGE L. TICKELL2019-12-09T23:41:38-08:00


The people behind the lens of Global Bird Photos…


George was born 1943 in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. His school years were from 1948 until leaving school in 1958 to enter the Burnaby Vocational School in Burnaby, BC, and start his apprenticeship as a cabinet maker.

George’s interest in photography, became apparent at a very young age, possibly preschool. His father Harold T. Tickell, born in England, was a hand wood carver and wood turner. Harold turned his attention towards photography in the mid 1930s and starting his career as a portrait and still photographer at the age of 25. Advancing further in 1948, he built his own complete studio and dark room. From a very young age George would spent hours in the dark room fascinated by his father work. This most certainly sparked George’s life time interest in photography.

George’s love for wildlife photography became his passion to capture the beauty and nature of all wildlife displayed in their native habitats. Along with his photography, came the love for the outdoors. George spent his life walking the high country mountain ranges of southern British Columbia.

In 1963 George married Lorraine C. VanTine who was from a small coastal commercial fishing village on the BC coast called Lund. Lorraine was the daughter of Edward ‘Buster’ VanTine, a guide, hunter and trapper. Buster, was raised on a homestead near Ootsa Lake in Northern BC which made it very easy for her to supporting George’s lifetime interests and outdoors wildlife adventures.

In The early 1970’s George’s interest turned to motion film and he made four 45 minute films on steelhead fishing in BC over a 10-year period. The original Canon Camera’s George used for his still and movie photography were all purchased from the ‘Don Waite Photo Center’ in Maple Ridge in the early 1970s. His friendship with Don was motivated by similar interests in photography.

George, with a government permit, began capturing Steelhead and Cutthroat trout and rearing the young in ponds on their Kanaka Creek property. He kept meticulous records that he turned over to the government. His information was used to increase knowledge about these fish with the result that the stocks grew providing fish for others to enjoy.

In 1989 the Honourable Austin Pelton, the Minister of Environment of British Columbia, appointed George as part of a 10-person board called the Habitat Conservation Fund, public advisory board. George was reappointed by the ministry for a second term in 1991.

In more recent years, George has specialized and is beginning to use some of the most up-to-date Canon long lenses in conjunction with high-speed strobes to capture wildlife photography. His plans over the next few years are to provide unusual and interesting bird and wildlife images.

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