It was in these same hot springs that Byron met Tom Wilson, a local outfitter and notable who allegedly convinced him that Banff and it’s endless surrounding mountains would offer ample opportunities for photography with little or no competition.
Although the primary focus for his photography was wilderness landscape and the adventures of those who traveled through it, Byron was also a commercial photographer and an enthusiastic documenter of local life and culture. Banff Winter Carnival, Banff Indian Days, the railroad, and the people who lived in the community were all fodder for his camera. He was not the primary portrait photographer in town. Instead he recorded life as he saw it happening around him, the grand and the small.