Hello Begonia and Congrats!

Congrats to Winnipeg musician Begonia on her album release. Gave it a listen today and it is just delightful. I’d suggest you give it a go as well! FEAR - BEGONIA

A few years back I shot a few videos of them for a local radio station to promote her music. The band was a pleasure to work with and I wish them all the best on this newest album.

POTD 18.07.19 - Throwback Thursday - Kensington Market Sunset

Scrolling through some old photos on my computer and I came across this shot of Kensington Market from a few years back. I probably meant to share it at some point but just forgot about it. Anyways, here it is! Hope you dig it.

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Throwback Thursday - Punch Buggy, No Returns!

Yesterday was the final day of production for the iconic Volkswagen Beetle. The Beetle was originally meant to fulfill Hitler’s vision of the ‘people’s car’ and later adopted by hippies around the world. I remember driving around in my uncle’s Bug and thinking it was so bizarre that it had a tiny little flower vase built into the dashboard… What a strange little car. Whether you love it or hate it, it’s probably one of the most recognizable cars of all time.

In honour of this odd automobile reaching the end of the road here is an old VW Bug I spotted off the side of a dirt road near Winnipeg, Manitoba. These images were used in a feature I shot for Global News a few years back.

Farewell to the Beetle!

POTD 04.07.19 - Elephant Rush

While I was in Sri Lanka I went on few safari tours through Udawalawe National Park. Before this I had never seen elephants in their natural habitat, nor had I been on a safari, so this was a pretty special experience for me. On my last tour through the park we were really lucky because we were with one of the most experienced guides and drivers in the park. It was just my girlfriend and I with them on this particular tour. We rolled into the park as the sun was just peaking over the horizon. The park was blanketed in a thick fog— not the most ideal conditions for spotting animals however, judging by how keen of an eye our guide had in previous days we knew we were in good hands. We entered the park and made our way down the red dirt roads and within minutes we approached a silhouette of an elephant off in the distance. We pulled up close enough to see the elephant in the mist, but far enough away to not bother the massive mammal. The driver turned off the ignition. Our guide quietly let us know that this was a male bull elephant in heat. We observed the elephant for a minute or two and he observed us… Eventually the elephant began to turn towards us and slowly make it’s way in our general direction. For an animal so large it was amazing how little noise they make as they move around. Eventually this enormous male was a stones throw away and he was continuing to make his way even closer to us. At this point our guide pulled out his phone to shoot this encounter and the driver turned our vehicle back on. Before I could even process what exactly was happening our driver began to peel out and this elephant began to chase us. Our guide yelled at the elephant in hopes to deter it from hitting our vehicle. It chased us for a few seconds before stopping and disappearing into the bush. I guess we weren’t worth the hassle. Luckily for us this was just a bluff charge. Our guide let us know that the males can sometimes be a little aggressive when they are in heat.

Our guide had the wherewithal to shoot video of this event unfolding and I was also able to grab a couple stills as well. This was one of my favourite moments in Sri Lanka and I’m glad we were able to capture it.

Throwback Thursday: China Architecture

It’s one heck of a rainy day here in Toronto. I was thinking about heading out to shoot but I’m feeling too cozy inside. Instead I dug up some photos from China that I have not yet shared. Here is some of the architecture that caught my eye.