Janice Carpenter

Photographs — Alex Waterhouse-Hayward

Today, September 21, 2026 I read in my on-line NY Times (I am a paid subscriber, now around 15 years of the hard copy, paper, version) this marvelous essay: Longing for the Male Gaze and I immediately remember my friend Janice Carpenter ( I lost touch some many years ago). Below is the blog I wrote in 2006.

Janice Carpenter is one of the most exquisitely beautiful women I have ever photographed. I first saw her in 1993 at the Vancouver office of the CNIB (Canadian National Institute of the Blind) where I was working on a fund raising brochure. She had her trademark finger-waved hair. To her I was a blur as by then she was clinically blind. In 1990 Carpenter (31)was a young producer for a hot CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) show called Pilot 1. Soon after she was diagnosed with MS and in short order lost her job and her ad agency exec husband. I was so intrigued by her that I asked to photograph her at her home. I think that this photograph of her in her wheelchair which I took in her bedroom is my favourite and one of the most erotic I have ever taken. 
 We became friends and I began to understand how terrible MS is. Somehow being able to take Interferon did not help her becuse her MS was too advanced for any kind of relief.

Every once in a while she will call me up with advice on how I could improve my photographic business. Two years ago her parents came for a visit and I photographed them together. I also took this profile.
 CNIB Fund Raising Brochure

Link to: Janice Carpenter

Originally published at blog.alexwaterhousehayward.com.