I haven’t had the chance to take many photos lately with a few other things on the go, so I thought I’d share some of my older photos. Fitting that the ones I found to share are from Occupy Vancouver, since as of writing this, I am now an official occupant of Vancouver. After growing up in Victoria, and pursuing photography there for several years, I decided it was time to take my craft to the big city and step into a new adventure. I’m excited to dive into some new creative projects with a new community. If you’re in Vancouver, we should connect!
Concerning my photos, it’s interesting looking at old work, finding the stuff I used to be so proud of, and comparing it to the work and style I shoot with now – almost feeling embarrassed about it. So much about how I shoot has changed, and it’s hard for me to relate to the images now, but they marked an important step of my journey as an artist.
When I first started to really get into black and white photography, I was also keen on developing a more photojournalistic eye. I wanted to be able to tell a story more than just taking a nice picture. At the time, the Occupy movement was in fully swing, and I decided to take a trip to the mainland to photograph it.
It was a great opportunity, and I was fortunate to generate a good amount of exposure from it. My series of images ended up being shared through various sites including Occupy.com, an image was used as the cover of Dispatches from the Occupation, by author Stephen Collis, and a selection from the series was featured in a group art show. I also had the privilege of having my image used as the cover of the Canadian edition of AdBusters magazine. The featured piece then inspired a street artist to paint my photo.
I definitely had a different style of shooting and editing at the time, and I’d love to see how I would have done it if I could go back now. But that was 2011… here’s to looking forward! #glorytoglory
Hope you enjoy!