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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 […]

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

Geshe YongDong, Portrait of a Monk

Portrait of a Monk, Geshe YongDong Geshe La is the spiritual director and main teacher of Sherab Chamma Ling, a Tibetan Bon 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 path, was the main spiritual tradition of Tibet before the arrival of Buddhism in Tibet. When the first […]

20 May 2013
world portrait photography

Photography Workshop, Intro to the DSLR

Learn the basic functions of your digital camera (DSLR) in a 3-hour photography workshop with me on Wednesday, June 12! After much interest and a lot of planning, we are happy to announce this photography workshop. It is the first in a series of photography workshops that we are developing for the general public and businesses in the Comox Valley. This photography course is a great introduction for someone with little or no experience with their digital camera. It’s a […]

15 May 2013

Photography Slideshow, Travels in Sri Lanka

Photography Slideshow Highlighting Sri Lanka There’s a photography slideshow happening in my studio tonight! Since my return from Nootka Island, I’ve been meaning to post an image from that adventure and promise I will. But, I’ve been busy getting things ready for the photography slideshow that’s all about Sri Lanka. I can’t wait to share this incredible place through my lens. Unfortunately, this event is sold out. But, this is the first of our new travel series. More details on […]

07 May 2013
professional portrait photography

A Professional Portrait Can Make The Difference

Professional Portraits In the fast-paced world of the web and business, you have exactly a millisecond to capture your online audience’s attention. But as much as you have to grab it quickly, the visual nature of the the web delivers awesome possibilities to do it really well. Strong photography can be a big part of that wow factor that pulls the eyes in and gets people clicking. If you’re selling a product or service that is an extension of your own […]

01 May 2013
portrait photography

The Mossi King’s Yellow Shoes, Burkina Faso

Dig the Mossi King’s yellow shoes—what a hipster. The King himself is a pretty important fellow—he has over 6 million subjects. I shot some portraits of him as well; it was the obligatory thing to do. But what really intrigued me were the attendants who sat at his feet.  Every time the king would say something, the three minions (the other two are sitting next to the man wearing purple) would snap their fingers like exclamation marks at the end of […]

30 Apr 2013

Sweating at a forge, Bamako, Mali

As if being close to the equator isn’t warm enough, this guy works at a forge all day. The beads of sweat tell the story. Mali’s average life-expectancy is 53; poverty mercilessly grinds people down. The Recycler’s Market is on the outskirts of Bamako, the capital of Mali. Here, metal waste is recycled into useful products from car parts to cooking utensils. It’s amazing what resourceful people can do with so little. Bye for now. G  

25 Apr 2013

Vivian Maier—A Brilliant Street Photographer, Unknown In Her Time

I just had to share this. I love great street photography because of the way it can frame the mundane as something special. For me, accomplished street photography highlights the profound nature of our daily moments. My friend Terri sent me the link to a blog post on the photographer, Vivian Maier, who captured some quintessential moments of everyday American life from the mid-50s to the early-90s. And to think that, during her life, she didn’t show her images to […]

24 Apr 2013

Natural and Artificial Light Photography in the Street

The fun that you can have with digital cameras. This shot uses a mix of natural light as seen in the background sky, and artificial small-strobe light which is projected solely onto the subject. The beauty of working with both light sources is that you can expose for each one. If I had relied on the Automatic or Program setting of my camera,  the result would have been the-deer-in-the-headlights-phenomena, which is, well, boring. The added oomph in this photo comes from […]

23 Apr 2013
studio portrait photography

Colour and Grace | Studio Lighting

Movement, form, colour and light—what could go wrong? After a series of images from the field, here’s one from the studio. Natural light is good. Studio light is good. Yes, they’re all good. It’s all about playing with available light whether natural, or artificial. And then, you can mix the two sources for even wilder effects. A harbinger of posts to come… Photography—fun and endlessly creative. Upcoming photography workshops to be announced in the next few days. Stay tuned and […]

22 Apr 2013
portrait photography

Amazing Faces Of Cambodia

Faces are my favourite subjects. Not only is each face fantastically unique, but each person’s face changes constantly making for endless photographic possibilities. Take this man for example. What a great face and from what I could see, he lived in deep poverty, in a country with a tragic history of genocide, war and lingering landmines.  But despite it all, he managed a kind, inviting expression.  And Cambodia is filled with such expressions. A testament to the resilience of the human […]

18 Apr 2013

Modern Architecture in Singapore, Marina Bay Sands Hotel

The Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore struck me as odd and fascinating. Talk about conflicted. I mean, you can’t help but marvel at the genius behind the construction, but why is there a ship’s hull on top of a building? Incongruous? I think so. But then again, the structure is a casino-hotel and if Vegas is any guide, the more outlandish, the better. Maybe people bet more in quirky spaces? Or maybe, it symbolizes the casino sailing away with […]