Imagination

Someone told me recently that their little boy still has my Bear calendar from a few years ago hanging up on his wall. Apparently the images captured his imagination and he hopes to see Bears when he gets older. That’s pretty neat! You just never know what will happen after you press the shutter and how a picture may change the trajectory of someone else’s life or what it may inspire them to do. 23795143_10159633079760055_7036880831016948301_n.jpg

A few years ago my friend Gord commented to me, “it must be hard for you to take pictures now?” I wasn’t really quite sure what he meant but the fact that I can recall this conversation certainly means that it stood out. More recently, another friend commented “I bet you’ll get some really good pictures in Mexico.” (I’m travelling to Mexico at the end of the month.) My immediate response: “I am not going to Mexico to take pictures.” I was steadfast in this response too and I immediately recalled the conversation I had with Gord which I now understand fully. For a photographer, it’s not about “taking pictures.” It’s about becoming one with the scene or subject, viewing that scene or subject and masterfully transforming it into an image. It’s not easy, composition must be technically precise. The lighting has to be just right and the list goes on and on and on. The fact of the matter is, no! I just can’t take a picture and I’m okay with that. I don’t have a choice.

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It was an honor to meet up with acclaimed Canadian Wildlife and Nature Photographer John E. Marriott in Calgary recently. I received a signed copy of John’s new book – Tall Tales – Long Lenses which chronicles his journey as a photographer. Check out John’s website here: wildernessprints.com

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Each year as a part of my annual calendar distribution, I solicit donations on behalf of a conservation based – non profit organization. This year I have partnered with Surfrider Vancouver Island. They do amazing work and I’m happy to be a part of their efforts. Find out more about what they do here:

Attention all British Columbia residents or paddling enthusiasts that might be nearby. We need your help and support! Do you love to paddle? Love to camp? Love the West coast? Looking to help? Join us December 2nd in Nanaimo for the BC Marine Trails Annual General Meeting (AGM) and be a part of helping to build the World’s largest marine trail. Register here: bcmarinetrails.org/…r/bcmtna-meetings/agm

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I expect this will be an ongoing trend…

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A must watch documentary series on CBC, narrated by David Suzuki:

Celebrating all Wolves! Visit wolfawarenessinc.org for more information.

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I found this graph and diagram entertaining. It’s definitely a reflection of my own kayaking experience and sense of risk management.

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This may be a unique genre for me to explore especially when aligned with natural elements. This is a rock crushing unit, taken with an iPhone 6S Plus in the middle of the night. The fog and dust seem to match well with the artificial light. I continue to be impressed with the capabilities and quality of “iphone photography.”

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