The other night I went to see Begonia and Royal Canoe live at a bar here in Toronto. The show was amazing and I definitely recommend giving those bands a listen if you haven't already heard them. After seeing these guys play I remembered a video I shot/edited of Begonia for Fresh FM and Global News a few years back. It was supposed to be a kicker at the end of the Morning Show, but due to breaking news and a miscalculation of time by the producer (live TV, amirite?) approximately only five seconds of the video aired. I mean, this was a pretty quick and dirty production (set up, shoot, ingest at the end of one of my shifts, and then edited at the beginning of my next shift to have it air during the show that morning) but despite it having a fast turn around time it is still a shame to put work into something that never sees the light of day. Well today I'm changing that because I found a cut of it saved deep inside one of my hard drives. Here is Begonia performing Juniper. I hope you enjoy this throwback.
Last post before I sign off for a month. I'll be traveling through China. Hopefully I'll come back with lots of photos to share. Until then here are a few selects from a shoot I did with Versa. These guys were absolute troopers getting dressed down in the cold weather. I was wearing my parka in just about all the images that these guys are wearing the white clothes in. Hardcore if you ask me. These guys were a pleasure to work with, and their music is delightful too.
Make sure you check it out their music video which I have conveniently embedded below. vvv
Finally, I have found a home and work in Toronto!
I haven't been shooting much recently because I've been giving myself some time to get to know Toronto. I want to make sure I experience the city through my own eyes, and not through my viewfinder. As a photographer I feel it's important to give yourself some time to get to know an area rather than running into the unknown spraying the scene. I like to sit and people watch, get a sense of the rhythms of the neighborhood and really listen to the sounds. It's easy to just come in blasting off shots, but when you do that you might miss out on some of the subtleties of what you are shooting. It might be tempting to bring your camera everywhere, but I feel it's easy to miss the true scope of the world around you when you are peering through a 2x3 window. It may seem counter-intuitive for a photographer to choose to put their camera down, but it is for this reason that I've been leaving my camera at home.
As for work I've recently got a job as a EFP Videographer with Woodbine Entertainment. I'll be doing a lot of different things there, anything from shooting races and promos, to features on jockeys and musicians that come through. A lot of the content I'll be shooting will run on TSN as well as in house. I loved the run and gun nature of being a news photog, but I'm excited that in this role I'll be able to spend a lot more time on getting shots right, and making them look really pretty. I've only been at Woodbine for about a week now, but it feels like it will be a great place to work and stretch out the creative muscles. Also I think through work I'll officially be getting my drone pilot license. SO STOKED!
It's been a couple weeks since I've been in the Toronto now, so you can expect to see more from me soon. For now here are a couple shots just down the street from my place. If you can't tell, I'm currently living in "The Beaches". I'm really digging the area. It's a nice mix of big city, and beach town here. I really couldn't ask for a better neighborhood to live and I can't wait to get even more familiarized with the area.
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Got together with Odder than the Otters for a little photo shoot. Here are a few of my favourites from these foot-tappin, fun-having, folk-rockers. Hopefully you dig the pictures. Lend these Otters an eye and an ear HERE. You won't regret it!
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I had a really cool opportunity to shoot an album cover for a Winnipeg band called Burn Your World. The photo was shot at Elmwood Cemetery here in Winnipeg for their album "A Burden, For All Your Days". This grave is said to be haunted by the ghost of a little boy named Joseph. If you go on the right night people say he comes out to play. I have done stories on local ghost hunters who have photos of mysterious smoke and orbs around this site. Whether it's a camera error or a real ghost is to be debated.
Ghost stories aside, I'm super stoked to get the opportunity to make this album cover for these guys. If you like hardcore music you should give them a listen. The link is below, along with the original photo and album cover. ENJOY! :)
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