T-44 - Transient Orca Whale Bones

Bringing an Orca Whale back to life is no easy task, but Mike and Michi have had plenty of experience. The pair have been re-articulating marine mammals at their studio on Salt Spring Island, in British Columbia for years. Most recently they have been working on T-44 a Transient Orca whale for the Telegraph Cove Whale Interpretive Centre. Which I was lucky enough to catch.

T-44 was first caught on camera in the area in 1978 and though never made a home in the North Island waters like the local residents, he was spotted a confirmed 161 times in his 32 years of life. Transient Whales diet differs from resident orca’s and they feed primarily on other marine mammals. At the time of T44’s death in 2009 he was found with two seal pup tags in his stomach as well as over 300 seal claws.  

 

 
 

Photographed April 2018 - Hasselblad X1D + 45mm Lens. 

 
 
The Narwhal

The Narwhal's mission is to make complex energy and environment news accessible to Canadians and to shine a light on critical, under-reported stories, and so when Emma and Carol the masterminds behind the website approached me to do a few portraits for their rebrand I was excited. They launched their new website today and I'm so proud to have contributed in a small way. 

 
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They were looking for something a little more casual, as if they were out reporting and  working in the field , while keeping it professional.  I had a few different locations in Victoria, BC in mind, but because we decided on a warm sunset glow the options of a clear west facing backdrop are few and far between and so we ended up on the top of Mt. Douglas.  

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It was a pretty simple set up with the sun behind them, working as our main source of light and a white V-flat just to fill in the shadows and give us a little catch light. The photos were all shot on a Canon 5D3 with a Sigma 50mm Art lens.

 
Earth Day 2018 - The Cape Town Water Crisis
 

Earth Day is my favourite holiday (after Thanksgiving) and every year I share a few amazing scenes I've witnessed to celebrate. This year though took a bit of somber turn having recently returned from Cape Town, South Africa. 

Cape Town has dried up, and from the moment I stepped off the plane to signs of conserving the water, to taps being shut off in almost every public washroom I used, I tried not to waste a drop. Coming from a water rich place into, what may potentially turn into the largest urban drought in history was a staunch reminder that water shortages though they don't effect me at home, are very real and aren’t going away. We can all be a little more careful with our usage.

So in celebration of this beautiful planet we live on I wanted to share an album of two minute songs South Africans wrote to keep your showers short. It amazes me the art that comes out of challenging situations, and a few photos of the shortage I witnessed there. 

 

 
Promo Books
 

For my 2018 promotional books, I put together a magazine. I wanted an editorial feel, and a format I could tell a story within. My work's strength has always been in telling a complete story, and I feel like a promo that highlighted an individual shot would in a sense do it a disservice. 

I can't say thank you enough to the people who looked over it, and offered feedback before it went to press and I couldn't be prouder to share a few of the 75 pages today.  I included some of my favourite images from the last year and a few frames that just never get old. 

If you'd like a closer look, and are a photo editor/art director send me a quick email with your mailing address and I'll get that out to you as soon as I can. 

 
Behind The Scenes on Canada C3
 

What a dream job being aboard the Canada C3 was. I work alone a lot of the time, and being on a team, and this team in particular was a privilege.  I love the behind the scenes photos as much as the official ones I delivered every night at 1:00am...mostly because I love the people in them. 

From laughing until our stomachs hurt in the survival suits to early morning zodiac rides I made a few friends I think will last a lifetime. 

And the biggest thank you to the entire communications team below - crammed into a room just big enough for everyone it was ten days I'll never forget. 

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Dirt Road Travels - Vancouver City Guide - Harvest Community Foods

This October I spent two days criss-crossing Vancouver for Dirt Road Travels@dirtroadtravels is self described Humans of New York meets Lonely Planet travel guide made for those looking for the best local haunts and hear the stories behind the makers and hidden gems of a city. 

Harvest Community Foods is a small grocery store and Ramen haven at the south end of Chinatown, and I was so happy it was included in the list of places I had to shoot. Everything is locally made/grown and delicious, I spent more than one summer night on the front patio here

Dirt Road Travels - Vancouver City Guide - Beaucoup Bakery

This October I spent two days criss-crossing Vancouver for Dirt Road Travels@dirtroadtravels is self described Humans of New York meets Lonely Planet travel guide made for those looking for the best local haunts and hear the stories behind the makers and hidden gems of a city. My first stop was @beaucoupbakery - I’ll say I didn’t leave hungry. .