Paul Fletcher

Paul Fletcher was donating his photography skills to document PLAN International’s response to the Pakistan earthquake of 2005. With logistical support from PLAN, he travelled around the northwest province visiting places devastated by the quake. In one small, completely flattened city, he came across this young boy who, six months after the disaster, was learning to salvage a life from the destruction and loss. “To this day,” says Paul, “his face has never left my mind.”
Moved by what he witnessed, Paul returned home and started recruiting sponsors for Pakistani children in need. Once a dozen sponsors were signed up, he returned to Pakistan to connect, through his photography, the sponsors and the children benefiting from their support. Unfortunately his return trip was marred by internal violence and he had to leave the area where the sponsored children lived. Later that same year, the PLAN office was attacked and destroyed by extremists, and the organization left Pakistan shortly after, discontinuing sponsorships in the country.
But personal commitment remained. “Since then, many of my Pakistan sponsors have gone on to sponsor children in other countries, and I continue to contribute my photographic skills whenever I can to other social and environmental causes,” says Paul.

Paul has worked as a professional photographer for over 25 years. He is well known for his black and white portraits as well as his photographic artwork that he exhibits regularly in his local area. Paul has traveled widely shooting stock for Getty Images Lonely Planet Collection. He also volunteers his time and photography skills to many worthwhile projects and agencies including shooting for Plan Canada in Nicaragua and Pakistan, donating time and photographs for three PhotoSensitive projects, as well as donating his personal time to a local cause, the Somenos Marsh, which he has championed for over 25 years. He published his first book in 1998 about Somenos Marsh. He teaches both high school photography and evening education for adults at Vancouver Island University. Paul just completed 6 years as a City Councillor in the city of Duncan.
You can follow Paul’s travels and adventures on www.fletcherfoto.blogspot.com. You can see more of Paul’s work on his web site www.fletcherfoto.ca