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Ottawa

16

Jul

First Studio Shoot, Featuring Robb Barnes of Ottawa’s The Pale Light.

I’ve known Robb for a few years, as we worked together before I jumped into photography.

Last winter, Robb went down in his basement’s music room and pretty much pumped out an entire album on his own, and gave his one man band a name: The Pale Light.

When he approached me to make some images for his “band”, I really had no idea on how to go about making it happen but agreed to work with him, seeing this as a solid personal growth opportunity.

We thought about it for a bit over a couple of beers to see where we wanted to take this, and I really liked some photos he showed me of a recent Matthew Good shoot. We used the images to work from and the result is heavily inspired from them but worked well as a learning experience. I’m afraid I was never able to identify the Matthew Good photographer, if anyone knows who he is, please let me know so I can credit him!

In any case, we booked the House of Common studio here in Ottawa, and I borrowed some extra lights from my friend Justin at JVL Photo, and off we went one Saturday afternoon to give this a try.

I had never done a studio shoot before, but having been assisting Justin for a few years now, and with some extra counsel from him and Rémi Thériault, I think the whole thing went pretty well, considering it was a first.

Funny story is that between the shoot, and the time it took me to edit and deliver, Robb recruited members for his band and it’s no longer a one man band! So these images might not get used for the band after all, but I’m still happy with them. And maybe we’ll get to do the whole band next!

Here’s a gallery of the shoot!

01

Mar

An Announcement

Time for another belated post.

I do have a hard time keeping the website up to date, but life keeps things busy! Between taking care of the family and entering the process of buying and selling a house, well, some things do tend to by the wayside.

Nonetheless, I have an important announcement to make! As most of you already know, I’ve been doing regular work for the National Observer. Well, I’m happy to announce that since the beginning of the year, I am now part of the Ottawa staff of the publication!

I think it’s necessary to highlight how big of a deal this is. Staff jobs for photographers are few and far between, and even much less for photographers of, dare I say, my caliber. Still, it’s a perfect working relationship with a growing publication that I believe provides much-needed quality journalism, which also allows me to grow along with it. I am getting unparalleled access and exposure, it’s an incredible privilege and I couldn’t be happier.

With that said, I highly recommend you go on and visit the National Observer website and subscribe to support quality journalism outside of the legacy corporate publications for a much needed refreshed views on what’s important in Canada.

And if you hear about stories you think we should cover, let me know!

In the meantime, here’s a short selection of late December and early January work.

 

22

Nov

Vigil Against Kinder Morgan Pipeline in Ottawa

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Last night, I was asked by 350.org and the Council of Canadians to come out and cover the Ottawa vigil organized to oppose the Kinder Morgan pipeline proposal.

That shot up here is probably the best one that came out of this gig. I was able to get it towards the end, as people were scattering.

The proposal would see the construction of a pipeline from the tar sands in Alberta to the city of Vancouver, to allow for the shipping of diluted bitumen to the Chinese market, significantly and dangerously increasing the tanker traffic in choppy, dangerous waters of the west coast.

The vigil was one amongst many organized by 350.org throughout the country, to raise awareness about the issue, as the government is about to make its final decision on approving, or refusing the proposal.

Here are a handful of the better shots to come out from the event, happening during the first snowfall of the season.