I enjoyed my time working for the Mississauga News. I began by shooting the real estate listings, a job which none of the other staff photographers wanted. I was always one to realize that sometimes you "have to do what you have to do" to get your foot in the door. Fortunately, that particular assignment only lasted a few months. During the time I was shooting real estate I was also badgering the photo editor "Fred Loek" with freelance images I'd shot of fires, car crashes and ambulance activity. I carried a police scanner with me at all times while driving around to listen in on emergency radio traffic and if I was close enough to the incident I'd drive there to get some shots. Fred was impressed with my determination and eagerness, and, he liked the images I brought him, so, he offered me a few easy assignments in the regular news section. He liked what I'd shot of those jobs and he quickly upped my assignment count and also gave me some of the more important stories that the paper required. Toward the end of my time there I had my own column/page of images entitled "Focus" which was whatever community event or other interesting news story they required coverage of. Shooting for the Mississauga News was a fun job, but it didn't pay very much, so I left in 1985 to pursue a career in firefighting while I continued to shoot professionally in other areas of photography on the side of my new full time career in firefighting. You can click on any image to enlarge it to full screen.
© Steve Tambosso - "The Wandering Fireman"