The rugged west coast of British Columbia is a hostile environment, typically blanketed in dark clouds, endless rain, relentless winds, and huge crashing surf. However, every now and then the clouds part, the winds calm, and like a spot light the sun's rays casts down, revealing some of the most amazing animals who thrive along the west coast. It's these animals and the fragile ecosystem that we share with them, that I try to highlight through unique imagery. The impact we're having on this shared environment has meant some species are disappearing at an alarming rate. To capture them on camera is my effort to bring awareness to the countless species that are being pushed aside.
I'm frequently asked where I went to school or who taught me? It's often said the best way to learn a new language is by immersing yourself in it and I attribute what photography knowledge I've gain to serious immersion. Pickup a camera and photograph something. If the results aren't as desired, try again until you've captured what you want - in the way you want - and most importantly learn from how you've succeeded. Don't be picky in what you use - the physics of collecting light is the same for every camera. Personally I use Canon, my employer uses Nikon - is one better than the other? You decide. If you can't afford the latest and great, don't worry about it. Be creative and improvise - it's what results in unique photos.
The biggest challenge in photographing anything in the Pacific Northwest is light. The water is dark and green filled with slurpee thick nutrients, the rainforest canopy blocks the sun light a hundred feet from the ground, and the clouds and marine fog seem permanent. It's rare to have enough light and waiting for an elusive subject as well as the right light conditions is what separates an average photo, from an amazing piece of imagery.
Here's a hand full of photographs that best reflect my work over the past few years. From spawning sockeye salmon, to breaching humpback whales, or not so small endangered salamanders, my photography is driven by those outside the charismatic spotlight.
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