Wayne Emde

Wayne Emde

Teacher pays tribute to student

A retired Vernon teacher is remembering a former student

A retired Vernon teacher is remembering a former student.

Wayne Emde, who taught journalism and photography at Vernon Secondary School, has created a scholarship to honour Ashley Maile, who died in England last year at the age of 36.

“Ashley was one of the most dedicated and creative students I had the privilege to teach,” said Emde.

“He paid attention, learned the craft and then pushed the limits of black and white processing in the darkroom.”

After school hours, Maile photographed music acts for The Morning Star.

Following graduation in 1995, Maile enrolled in the two-year photography program at Langara College in Vancouver, continuing to photograph bands in the smaller clubs. Many of them returned as headliners and Maile had access to them that other photographers didn’t.

Finishing his formal schooling, Maile moved to England and gradually built up a clientele  of bands, primarily heavy metal, and secured a position with Kerrang! magazine.

Maile was one of the magazine’s most active photographers, and took pictures of major acts including Dave Grohl, Muse, Slash and Metallica among others in his career.

“Two years ago, I was in London and we had lunch at a pub overlooking the Thames. We had a chance to talk about his work and he shared stories of flying between concerts with Ozzie Osborne and studio sessions with Slash,” said Emde.

“He was relaxed and happy, saying he couldn’t believe he could make so much money and have so much fun.”

Emde hopes the scholarship will encourage a local student to pursue a photography or journalism like Maile did.

The scholarship will be awarded annually to a Vernon Secondary Student who chooses to enroll in a photography or journalism program of at least two years at a recognized institution.

Those who wish to make a tax-deductible donation to the Ashley Maile Scholarship Fund can do so at the Vernon School District.

In June, many of the bands and musicians that Maile photographed will play at a memorial concert in London and there will be a showing of his work.