I’ve just returned to Winnipeg from my first trip to Churchill, MB. While it was only a training trip to learn how Frontiers North runs their trips, it was extremely powerful and educational for me on so many levels.
When I stepped foot on the tarmac in Churchill, it was almost a surreal feeling. For a number of years I’ve heard about what this place is like and people you would meet and of course, the Polar Bears. I don’t think anything could have prepared me for what I thought was in store for me. Day one consisted of a Town tour, hosted by Paul a local guide who runs Nature First Tours. His mustache/beard combo was off the charts and it was hard to tell if he had a mouth…when he wasn’t talking or telling a tale of years gone by. We visited the Polar Bear Holding Facility, locally knows as the Polar Bear Jail, where delinquent town bears are held for 30 days and then re-released into the wild, far from town. Then it was off to Paul’s house…yeah, that’s right, he took us to his house, but not for tea. Paul and his wife have been collecting fossils and artifacts for...more
I’ve always been a firm believer that it’s the photographer that makes great photographs, not the camera, but what happens when you stop taking your camera places? Am I still a photographer, even if I’m not motivated to carry a heavy DSLR around with me. I mean, I don’t really have an excuse not to. I haven’t had any serious injuries that are preventing me from carrying around the weight and even if I did, I’m sure my wife would offer to hold some of my stuff anyhow…she already does that. Is it that I’m just more content some days with just experiencing life with my own eyes, instead of from behind the viewfinder of a camera or am I just getting lazy?
These are all questions I’ve been asking myself lately. I love photography more than ever, I love to see new places and I truly love doing workshops and showing people around the place I call home, Jasper National Park. I know photography is a huge part of my life because I still go out and shoot for myself a few times a week. I haven’t made it to a place where someone needs to be paying me to pick up a...more
Lets try this blogging stuff...again.
I used to love writing about trips and things I was doing with my photography many years ago, but for some reason I stopped. Apparently it's too hard to sit down for 20 minutes, find a photo and post a few words about it or about the things I find inspiring. It's 2017, I have the time, and I want to write again. So here's to another attempt at doing something I once enjoyed!
...I mean, I've spent like 12weeks out of the last four months on the road, making photos, I should have something to say or write about, right?
Here we go...more