Sometimes I spend time in front of the camera and on the road with eminent photog Grant Harder. I am the "person in the landscape" that gives that extra, little touch to a place. Full gallery and interview with Grant and some of our road trips for Destination British Columbia here on Booooooom!

Behind The Scenes | 40th Annual Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival

Thanks to The Camera Store for sponsoring me for this project and putting a Fuji X100T in my hands. I couldn't have documented this iconic event in mountain film without this camera and their help. A more in depth review of my time with the X100T can be found here. The 2015 Banff Mountain Film Festival is currently on a world tour at a venue near you.

A Furry Little Kitty In My Brain

My brother Viktor recently underwent brain surgery in Vancouver to remove a tumour that was causing seizures and generally just being a pest in that old skull of his. Thankfully, post-surgery, my bro and our family can breathe a sigh of relief as all systems seem to be working just fine, but at the time we didn't really know if all would be right. Big shout out to one of Canada's best brain doctors , Brian Toyota, for expertly and compassionately guiding my brother and our family through the entire process.

L.A. Story

I spent a few weeks in Los Angeles over December and was constantly absorbed in the different visuals everywhere around me; I guess it's when we're somewhere different than our everyday surroundings that things can look so interesting. Here are a few of the details that I brought home with me. Full gallery here

Flooded. As seen on TV!

A few weeks ago I spent some time looking at one Calgary neighbourhood that was underwater during June's floods, and I was really surprised at how high the water level got to-even hundreds of metres away from the river. It was very surreal to walk among vacant, boarded up apartment complexes-quite like an episode of TheWalking Dead.

Full gallery here.

GENTEMSTICK Bowl Session, Whitewater, B.C.

Japan's Gentemstick snowsurfers and others turned out for a unique and exciting bowl session at Whitewater Resort this past weekend. A beautiful, sunny, spring day-almost beach worthy-complemented the session and definitely channeled Gentemstick founder Taro Tamai's idea that snow and surf are inexplicably linked.

Baldface Lodge | Nelson, B.C.

Although I've been riding the Kootenay pow for a lot of years, nothing compared to the snow quality that I found up at Baldface Lodge this past week. The home of the Red Bull Supernatural, Baldface has been blessed with hundreds of cms of snow so far this winter. This trip was their first tour of the season, and pristine lines were found at every turn. It may seem ironic that I don't include a single photo of snowboarding from a trip to one of the world's premier cat ski lodges, and that's because this trip was all pleasure and no business. You'll just have to fill in the blanks, but trust that there were some quality pow runs.

Big thanks to Jeff Pensiero, Guide/Powder-Tester Mark Karlstrom, Cat-Tamer Homey A, Faceplant Winter Ale for fueling the apres ski fun, and the rest of the Baldface staff and guests. You all made for a great trip. What a great way to round out 2012. Cat Two!!

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11/11 - Honouring Those Who Have Given Their Lives

One year ago today I covered our National Remembrance Day Ceremonies in Ottawa for Canadian Geographic magazine. This was my first opportunity during my photography internship to show the editors what I could bring home from an assignment. I had never attended an 11/11 ceremony previously with more than a few hundred people and here there were thousands willing to freeze their bodies to honour Canada's fallen. I was both intrigued and awed by the many faces I met. Below are some of my favourite images from the day.

Full audio/visual experience of the ceremonies click here.

Noorduyn Norseman, Nunavut

After shooting some very buggy photos up in Nunavut this past july, I had a great flight out from a remote camp on an awesome Norrduyn Norseman airplane. It was a 6 am departure with fantastic light over the beautiful Nunavut landscape. Flying over you realize that everything looks quite peaceful until you have your feet on the ground and the black flies close in on you. The Norseman ceased production in the late 50's and my pilot told me that there are only a handful still in operation in the world. Apparently it's kind of an art to keep these planes going so I count myself as lucky to have flown in one. This particular one has been "metalfied", which means its original fabric (yes fabric!) exterior has been retrofitted with metal. I would've loved to experience what flying in a fabric covered airplane would be like, but I'll take this in the meantime.

Reader's Digest, June 2012

Great Canadian Burgers! I had the pleasure to be published in the June edition of Reader's Digest Canada in conjunction with an excerpt from Charlotte Gill's tree planting memoir Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe.  Winner of the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, Gill writes beautifully about a life in the clearcut. I began my tree planting career with her in the interior of B.C. when she was already a wily veteran;  it's nice to come full circle and work together again.

You can catch Charlotte Gill presenting her book at the Banff Film & Book Festival on November 1st.

Polaroid SX-70

Recently I went through some old film and photos and found these Polaroid SX-70 prints. I hardly use this camera anymore since Polaroid phased out it's SX-70 "Time Zer0" film in 2006, but finding these photos made me remember how fun it was to use. Simplicity at it's best! Compose, click, and wait for the image to pop up instantly. Picking up the reins in 2010, a group called The Impossible Project purchased the production machinery from Polaroid and opened up shop in the Netherlands to produce their own versions of compatible instant film. So with the emergence of TIP I think I'll be trying it out again.

The Polaroid SX-70 camera dates from the late 70's to early 80's and has became a cult classic with photographers ever since.

Lea Needles Ferry sx70
Lea Needles Ferry sx70
viktor-Planting sx70 01
viktor-Planting sx70 01
Viktor Wasteland SX70
Viktor Wasteland SX70