It’s been a few weeks since news came to light that Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip came forward to advise his fans that he faced, and has been facing a particularly nasty bout of Cancer. Unfortunately the cancer diagnosis is not good, and will likely take Downie’s life in due course. Such dire news, however will not stop the band from performing one last tour with as much energy and love for their fans as they have in the past. I am happy to have had the opportunity to photograph this eccentric man on two separate occasions. I’m also happy to share some of my favorite photos.
I’ve been interested in taking apart and making things for a long time now, and while I have only just gotten in to starting on projects, I have been fiddling for the last few years, but never really found the time or inspiration to work on a larger scale than I have been. I recently, as in the last year, found a wealth of inspiration, information, and not too much intimidation from the folks over at TESTED, whose ranks employ none other than my favorite Mythbuster, Adam Savage.
For my first ‘major’ project, I wanted to build a Kylo Ren lightsaber.
I had the great honor of shooting Motörhead twice in the last six years, and while it wasn’t always an easy shoot, with Lemmy spending a LOT of time with his face in the mic, it was always a fun shoot. I was able to meet the man while we interviewed him for ABORT Magazine in 2009, and he was quite the character. No bullshit, exactly what he was thinking is what he would say. A true class act if there ever was one.
Rest in Peace.
It’s been about six and a half years since Scott rocked the Commodore Ballroom with one of his solo projects. The man lived and breathed music, and that was more than evident through the powerful presence he commanded on stage. The music should be his legacy, not the demons he knew all too well.
Fred Penner. What can I say about Fred Penner. First, he is exactly the person he portrayed on television. A true positive force if there ever was one. Having shot both the Dalai Lama and Fred Penner, I can say without exaggeration, that they exude positivity through their every pore.
I had been a big fan of Fred since I was a young lad, and have no problem saying that when he was singing to the kids, I was sitting there on the floor there with them loving every minute of it. Perhaps appreciating it more in my “old” age. It was amazing. I shot a lot, but want to share a few while I can. I’ll probably share more in a portfolio later on, but found it important that these go up now.
Wow, it has been over a year since I last updated. Be advised however that I have been quite busy this last entire year… There has been a lot of shoots, mostly weddings taking up my time, but I also spent a lot of time taking a step back from the events that I could have picked up to look at the bigger picture. However, when the Birdies for Babies tourney came up, I got the call to put on my Titleist hat and catch an awkward one sided sunburn (from driving the cart).
As always, this event was top notch, and I am always super happy to get this job done. Check out a few from the day, which was a while ago, but still fresh in my mind.
It’s looking like this summer is just generally going to be about golf. Maybe I should take up the sport. I did pick up a new Titleist hat at this tourney (mostly because I forgot sunscreen), so it might be a sign. I’d probably need a few extra strokes on each hole for a while , though.
Pretty self explanatory about what happened here with the title, but what you don’t know is this is the first time that the legendary group have been in the city. It was also one of the few concerts I have shot in the last while. I would like to shoot more, but it’s been exceptionally busy in the last year or so with running ABORTmag lately.
More Golf! This time around I was out at UBC at the University Golf Course for the Annual Birdies for Babies golf tournament. I was happy to be a part of the event which raised around $200,000 for BC Women’s Hospital. It is always fun shooting around the course with a cart that spent a lot of time with the pedal to the metal.. Except for the tight switchback heading up to the 14th tee. That’s a bit scary.
What a great trip to Mexico for Zavina and Manny’s wedding. The photos are still being worked on, so I’ve only shared a few of my non-wedding-event photos of the resort for now. It was definitely a lot of fun, and I look forward to going back with another great couple, which is bound to happen soon! I highly recommend the stay here.