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Gordon Ross Photography

20 Sep 2019

Tattoo Plus You, A Photo Story of Body Ink

Tattoo Plus You, A Photo Story of Body Ink is a photographic project that explores tattoos and why people get them. I am passionate about photographing people and art, so the chance to photograph two of my favourite inspirations was irresistible. But that’s only the half of it. The other half is that I found a lot of tattoo photography to be overly sensational and despite seeing some great art, I rarely got the story about the person.  Tattoo Plus […]

18 Oct 2019
Elena, Tattoo + You, A Photo Story of Body Ink

Sharing Tattoo Stories, Elena

Tattoo + You, A Photo Story of Body Ink features Elena.  In her words:  “I was immediately interested when the opportunity arose to share my tattoo stories in this project. When I was a kid, I saw the most tattooed people on earth in the Guiness World Records and Kat Vod on Miami Ink—to get my own tattoos became my goal.  I was raised in a semi-conservative household where tattoos were frowned upon. When I expressed my desire to get […]

13 Oct 2019
Tattoo + You, A Photo Story of Body Ink

Tristan, Tattoo + You, A Photo Story of Body Ink

Tattoo + You, A Photo Story of Body Ink features Tristan.  In Tristan’s words:  “In my opinion tattoos have always been a way to tell a story. They can be images that a person wants to project about one’s self, or a way to remember and share a part of one’s life. The back piece began as a concept when I was 20. It started as a way for me to reconnect with my earth-based Celtic and Viking heritage, but […]

12 Oct 2019
Iceberg, Antarctica

Around an Iceberg near Elephant Island, Antarctica

Here’s a short video of a tour around an iceberg that I shot off Elephant Island in Antarctica several years back. This location was made famous as Shackleton’s emergency camp after their ship, Endurance, was shipwrecked in 1916. The story of their expedition is one of the greatest stories of polar survival. Part of the crew was marooned at this location for four and a half months.  Frank Hurley’s photographs of this expedition are spectacular.  On the map, you can see […]

22 Sep 2019
Leopard Seal

Leopard Seal, Antarctica

Leopard Seal, Master of the Southern Ocean Here’s a short video of a Leopard Seal that I filmed several years ago. These seals are number 2 in the top predator rank; their only natural predator in the Southern Ocean is the much larger Orca.  They are “true seals” and do not have external ears. Instead, they have an opening on the side of their head that connects to the ear canal. Their muscular bodies, massive head and jaws make them […]

20 Sep 2019

Tattoo Plus You, A Photo Story of Body Ink

Tattoo Plus You, A Photo Story of Body Ink is a photographic project that explores tattoos and why people get them. I am passionate about photographing people and art, so the chance to photograph two of my favourite inspirations was irresistible. But that’s only the half of it. The other half is that I found a lot of tattoo photography to be overly sensational and despite seeing some great art, I rarely got the story about the person.  Tattoo Plus […]

12 Sep 2019
Geshe La, Portrait of a Bon Buddhist Monk

Geshe YongDong, Portrait of a Tibetan Lama

Portrait of a Tibetan Lama, Geshe YongDong Geshe YongDong is the spiritual director and main teacher of Sherab Chamma Ling, a Tibetan Bon Buddhist Centre located in the Comox Valley. I took this portrait for CV Collective magazine.  There are 5 lineages in Tibetan Buddhism, Bon being one of them. Bon is the oldest of all the spiritual traditions in Tibet; Bon, a shamanic spiritual tradition, was the main spiritual tradition of Tibet before the arrival of Indian Buddhism in Tibet. […]

29 Oct 2018
Fall Photography

Fall photography

The autumn is one of my favourite times to walk and work with my camera. As nature prepares for its big sleep and the sounds of the forest quieten, the views are exquisite. Fall photography is filled with endings but rather than depressing, I’m inspired to know that the trees and the plants will endure and then in the spring they will burst forth again. The cycles of nature are filled with the spectacular.  I’ve been a Canon shooter since […]

25 Oct 2018
Artwork Photography Workshop, Blue Parrot, Gillian Brooks

Photography Workshop for Artists

2 Photography Workshops For Artists. For Print and Web. I’m offering 2 art photography workshops on Nov 17 and Nov 24 for artists who need to take better images of their work for print and web publishing. The first workshop on Nov 17 is on photographing 2-D artwork for making prints for commercial sale. Topics covered: staging your artwork, lighting, image capture, intro to editing in Adobe Lightroom and print publishing of 2-D artwork. The second photography workshop on Nov […]

03 Aug 2017
Ice

Ice

Ice I love ice. And the way my dualistic brain works, I immediately think of its opposite. Do any of you think like that? I seem hardwired that way. So, really, today I started thinking about ice by first thinking about heat waves. I live in BC, Canada and we are in the midst of a heat wave that breaks 100-year-old records and forest fires are burning intensely in the interior. So, uh huh, the planet is definitely warming. And, it’s […]

24 Jul 2017

Vancouver Island Music Fest 2017

Vancouver Island Music Fest 2017 Another successful Vancouver Island Music Fest (VIMF) has come and gone. With its quick passing it seems almost dream-like as in “Did that really happen and it’s over already…again?” Well, it is only a weekend but it did seem to move faster than normal to me. There are a lot of music festivals out there so it’s no small feat for a festival to survive let alone thrive. People only have so much money and […]