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 warming at different rates in different locations. In Antarctica, there is a region on the Antarctic Peninsula which has warmed the most on the planet near the Verdansky (formerly Faraday) Station. A lot pictures in this slideshow are from the Antarctica Peninsula and most of the ice in these photos is long gone.
Close to my home, the ice is also melting. Our namesake Glacier, the Comox Valley Glacier is receding at a rapid pace. Some estimates say the glacier will have wasted away in the next 25 years. The first image in this slideshow is from the Comox Glacier. The last 3 images are from Iceland. The remainder of the images are from Antarctica.
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I always thought that we should have some sort of digital graphic showing us/reminding us right downtown in Courtenay in the Comox Valley that the ice in our glacier is disappearing quickly by earth-standards. It just seems slow by human standards. There’s a good article on the Comox Glacier in the Smithsonian which looks at time and how we think of time and climate change.
So, things to do to slow climate change? Well, you probably know a heap of them so I won’t go into that here. Just don’t fall for the naysayers that say “it ain’t happening”—they usually have a financial agenda attached to their “idea”. But I love ice and it’s worth just looking at it to see how creative and staggeringly beautiful wild nature is.
So, here’s to keeping cool with some frosty pics.
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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 time but the Vancouver Island Music Fest sold out again this year, proving that it’s found an enduring recipe of music and fun for all ages. The Vancouver Island Music Fest is a family-oriented festival of music and fun events surrounded by a forest and a lazy river where you can cool off during the heat of the day. After a refreshing dip in nature’s pool, you can head back to one of 6 stages: some are full-sun, others are shaded and one is in a huge horse barn. It’s really a perfect mix of stages. And then there’s the food. There’s pretty much everything from those lovely little sugary omg donuts to super healthy and delicious Buddha Bowls. There’s a snack or a meal for everyone.
The Artistic Director/Executive Producer of the festival, Doug Cox, continues to deliver an eclectic mix of music year after year. The headliners this year were Emmylou Harris , Rita Coolidge, Bruce Cockburn, Barenaked Ladies and Enter the Haggis. And if they’re not your cup of musical tea, there was still plenty to choose from. Truthfully, from my not-so-tender-years perspective, I had actually seen all the headliners before. And, yes, it’s good to catch em again but it’s the bands that I haven’t seen, or haven’t heard of that usually blow the dust out of my ears. It’s also the mash-up workshops where you might have in excess of 20 performers all on the same stage. For me, those are oftentimes the most memorable times at Vancouver Island Music Fest.
So, it’s come and gone but the memories and a few photos remain.
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Gartley Beach, Comox Valley, Vancouver Island
As you can probably tell, sunsets on Vancouver Island are amazing even if they are behind the trees like they are here at Gartley Beach. Oddly, this beach is not visited as much as one would think. Maybe it’s because there are so many amazing beaches on Vancouver Island. But Gartley is amazing. I took this shot at low tide looking back toward Vancouver Island. The Georgia Strait is behind me. When the tide is out you can walk out a long way to find clams and oysters. Amazing.
Chile is a long, thin country that borders Peru and Bolivia in the north and Argentina in the south. The Andes is one of its most prominent features running the full length of the country from north to south. Its long north-south axis makes for a diverse landscape. In the north, you have the driest desert on earth, the Atacama; in the middle you have a temperate climate famous for its wine-growing regions; and in the south you have the windswept majesty of Patagonia with the famed park of Torres del Paine.
Throughout the country you will find volcanoes, lakes, fjords and powerful rivers that sweep down from the Andean highlands. And way out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, you find Easter Island, Chile’s Polynesian claim. I’ve heard Easter Island described as the most remote, permanently inhabited place on earth. It’s a spooky place especially if you spend time alone with the Moai (the heads). You will find a few images of Easter Island toward the end of the slideshow.
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From exotic Iguazu Waterfalls to the windy wilds of Patagonia and arid wine regions nestled up against the Andes Mountains, Argentina is a travel treasure. I have travelled throughout Argentina from the world’s southern most city of Ushuaia to the desert landscapes of the south. In these Argentina Travel photos, you will see images from the nation’s capital of Buenos Aires, the Andes Mountains, the wine regions, hacienda architecture, high mountain passes, the salt cutters of the salt flats, the llamas cousin, the vicunya, and shots from a chilli pepper harvest.
I hope you enjoy the Argentina Travel Images.
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Join Ron Pogue and I for a full-day photography workshop on Taking Better Portraits.
We’ll start with natural light in the morning and move on to artificial light in the afternoon.
You can view full details of the event by clicking here.
Taking Better Portraits
It should be a fun and informative day and we have designed the flow of the photo workshop with as much shooting time as possible. The idea is to learn some key concepts and then practice, practice, practice. We will have the services of a lovely model for the day’s shooting.
We hope to see you there.
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Slash’s New Acoustic Guitar—Comox Valley Commercial Photographer
As a commercial photographer, sometimes I get to photograph the most amazing objects, oftentimes amazing works of art. Reuben Forsland of Joi Guitars just completed a stunning acoustic masterpiece for the “Grammy winning, rock and roll hall-of-famer, SLASH, of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver fame”. I think you will understand why Slash chose Reuben to build his guitar. In this 16-image series of “the guitar”, Ive tried to capture the allure of this beautiful work-of-art. The attention to detail is remarkable and the final product literally glows.
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It was my first Burn and as such, I was affectionately known as a Virgin Burner. Click here to the view the gallery.
I had heard about this festival for years and was always curious. Simply put, it transcended everything that I had imagined it would be. This festival is the poster-child of the Counter Culture Revolution. On the Black Rock Desert, commonly referred to as The Playa, the world’s largest participatory festival unfolds with a density of over 50,000 Burners.
It is intense. It is beautiful. The people are amazing. There are no advertisements and cash is useless during the event — you get to trade your cool stuff. And you get to dress up or down depending on our preference.
I came away from this event dusty and parched, but I was left with the indelible feeling that anything is possible if you put enough creatives in one place for an extended period of time. The minds that gather for Burning Man are simply brilliant. The art will leave you breathless.
I attended for five days, slept about six hours a night, rode my bike all over and still only managed to catch about five per cent of what went down. It’s phenomenally large. You can check out the official Burning Man website here
As a professional photographer, I was obliged to register with the folks at Burning Man’s Media Mecca. All images have been screened by Burning Man for Editorial Release on my website. I hope you enjoy them.
Some of the images have captions.
Check out the gallery here.
Antarctica is the highest, driest, coldest, windiest continent we’ve got. And it’s beautiful. Of all the amazing places I’ve explored, Antarctica is at the top of the list. There’s something about those polar regions; the air is rarefied and the light is spectacular bordering on surreal.
Surrounded by the Southern Ocean it is the fifth largest continent, nearly twice the size of Australia and 98 % of it is covered by ice. And due to the weight of that enormous ice sheet, a good chunk of the continent has been pushed below sea level.
To get to Antarctica, most people make their way to the world’s southern most city of Uschaia in the Patagonia region of Argentina. From there, you board your ship, float down the Beagle Channel and then hit the Drake Straight which depending on your luck could be a smooth sailing (it’s been called the Drake Lake when it shows its calmer nature) or it could be the roughest ride of your life (the Drake Straight is the roughest patch of water on the planet and when she chooses to swell, she can be a monster).
The continent itself is a desert and there are no trees or shrubs and just 2 flowering plants call this place home. But where the land is relatively barren of life, the sea is alive with krill, penguins, seals and whales. In the austral summer, the bird-life is amazing with The Wandering Albatross, the bird with the largest wingspan (8-11 feet) soaring above the continent and the Southern Ocean. I could go on…
I hope you enjoy the images.
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A Feature in the Tattoo Magazine, InkSpired
The interview in the tattoo publication, InkSpired Magazine about some of my world photography and in particular some of the body modification imagery that I have shot over the years is in their latest edition.
You can read the specific article on my work here.
One of the things that I like about InkSpired Magazine is that they are doing stories outside the main “storyline” of tattoos. In this particular piece, they’re featuring my body modification images that I shot in the Omo Valley of southern Ethiopia.
Of course, I’ve done a lot of tattoo photography but it’s nice to see that there’s interest in some of the cultural aspects of tattoos and other body modification art.
Enjoy the images.
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