…and that means shooting some ice climbing. Here is a little “Behind The Scenes” of me hanging out with Terry Day climbing “High Anxiety”, a 40 meter, WI5 with very irregular formations in Red Head Cove, Newfoundland. Needless to say that this takes a lot of planning. Not only what cameras and lenses to take but the best outdoor gear and safety equipment that will keep you warm and dry but still give you room to hike and climb in. Thanks to Trevor Wragg for the photo of us.
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Well, there goes 2018. Hope it was good to you. Here are my top 9 photos of the year according to Instagram. Although the one of me was taken by Terry Day! Nice to look back and curious because what your favourite photos, or what you might consider the “best” …. are seldom what other think. The thing I like about these are they are a product of great subjects and great adventures. Here is to 2019 so get out there and make great photos! #2018bestnine.
Mandy and Steve got married!! …but being avid rock climbers they wanted some photos that reflected their love of the sport. This is not the realm of regular wedding photographers so they turned to their local climbing community. So on a beautiful fall morning our small crew headed out to make this happen for them. Along with Mandy and Steve there was, rope access specialist and photographer Terry Day, experienced climber Thom Smith, all ’round adventurer and drone pilot Brandon Whelan and myself. We had a location in mind at a regular climbing crag in Flatrock, north of St John’s that had the right combination of dramatic and being fairly “wedding dress accessible” …despite being called “BloodBath”. The plan was reviewed, ropes were rigged, the drone was launched and everyone took their places. I’m hoping this was a first for Newfoundland. Thanks everyone for an epic shoot and a big congratulations to Mandy and Steve!
Back in August outdoor retailer, Atmosphere, came out to Newfoundland to shoot their fall ad campaign on the iconic East Coast Trail …and it was a blast! Our crew of eight hiked, scouted explored and shot in locations from Flatrock to LaManche over 5 days. Even Cape Spear …as far east as you can go in North America! For a photography and ad people its very rewarding to be doing full on advertising production on location in beautiful place.
Producer: Kaitlyn Smith
Art Director: James Wallbank
Production Assistant: Terry Day
Models: Camille Stopps, Morgan Locke, Michael Zatylny, Faraz Qureshi.
Its no big secret that editorial photography and photojournalism in general has taken a big hit over the past few years. There are very few outlets that actually pay or commission this work any more and it is now not more than a hobby for individuals who can afford to do it and have some vision or sence of adventure. This is why getting to work on Anthony Bourdain’s, Parts Unknown in 2018 was not only a great honour but a nice change of pace photographically for me as I return, briefly, to my “old life” …on the road with a couple of cameras.
The death of Bourdain not long after the Newfoundland segment of the TV show and the web stories launched only made it more poignant for me. He was a big person with a big heart who loved travel and telling stories. Food was the vector. Something all humans have in common regardless of all our other differences. The TV/video shows are great but the Parts Unknown Website and its companion site, Roads and Kingdoms are an expansion of the TV series and a testament to his dedication for journalism …get out their on the road.
In fact, Roads and Kingdoms may well be the best or travel/adventure journalism out their now. Do yourself a favour and go visit.
…or click on the images to see the stories I worked on for the segment.
March 15, 1935 – August 14, 2018
Just arriving back in St John’s to hear the sad news that Mary Pratt has died. Such a great loss to the Canadian and Newfoundland art communities. She, along with a small group of painters were some of the founders of the Newfoundland cultural renaissance in the 1970’s and brought professional visual art into reality in Newfoundland.
Not only did she leave an incredible body of work but her influence on the generation of artists who came after her can’t be denied. Her brilliant and luminous painting of everyday life and object was unique and bold as she carved her own path in the painting world showing the way for so many young artists seeking their own vision and careers. Mary was also the driving force behind the building of The Rooms, art gallery, museum and provincial archives in St John’s.
Those times we got to talk, like this portrait session for a magazine story, we always talked about light and colour and realism. She was generous and open and more than happy to talk about art. If you listened you could learn a lot.
See some of her work at Canadian Art Magazine
and CBC Online.
Bio on Wikipedia
Well, you don’t expect to see a pretty iceberg picture in the 100 photos of the year by a news magazine. Its the domain of serious news and current affair but there it was my “snap” from the little village of Ferryland on Newfoundland’s Southern Shore. It’s a great way to kick off your year end chores of reviewing, cataloging and filing your year of photo making. Check out Time’s 2017 Top 100 Pictures for yourself! Its, as usual, a pretty amazing collection of the works best news photos for the year. TIME TOP 100
Thanks to #timemagazine #reuterspictures #nikon #nikoncanada.
Sunrise on the Winter Solstice over the north Atlantic ocean and Cape Spear, Newfoundland, the most eastern point in North America. Winter is here. Welcome!
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