Welcome to the January newsletter and the start of a new year. A year that hopefully will bring relief from the pandemic, good health, and a creative meaningful year of making art!
This month I have been enjoying the Burnaby Stride Festival which celebrates all things art in Burnaby with education and entertainment events. Two events that I enjoyed were the Making Art & Living Artfully presented by photographer Grant Withers and painter Jane Appleby, and the premier of the NB24 film. This was a project where twenty-four North Burnaby residents each made a one minute video showing one hour of the day, through 24 hours, showcasing North Burnaby. The video should be posted on this site in later February, check it out!
Enjoy the articles this month, be safe, and we’ll chat again soon!
I had an interesting offer from a friend of mine to take over her Instagram account’s Story for a day, posting my content every hour over a nine hour period. The intent was to generate more awareness of both our companies and to have another creative outlet. Rebecca runs Chatterdoo Media and offers marketing and social media management.
I found the whole process to be good fun, learning much on marketing along with a deep dive into the quirks of Instagram’s story feature. In thinking on content, I wanted to provide both informational and entertaining clips. They had to be short in length, in sections of 15 seconds or less, and with content reflective of my work. Here are two of the nine video clips I created for the story, and yes the vertical orientation is the format that Instagram requires.
In the northern section of Coquitlam, to the west of Westwood Plateau, is Noons Creek that runs southwards to the ocean in Port Moody. It descends the steep slope through coastal forests, with slow moving sections and steep cascade and waterfall sections.
Under cloudy conditions and with recent rains a friend and I set off to explore sections that we had seen before and others that we knew might offer good photography.
When I am planning on heading out to do photography, the question is always “where should I go”? New locations can offer the obvious new material to photograph, while familiar locations can present challenges in finding new material. Notice how I said ‘challenge’ and not ‘problem’, because this is the mindset you want to have. Seek out the new possibilities and build upon your knowledge of the area for optimal lighting and other factors. In each of these images I will share what I found to be the new detail.
I wanted to share with you photos taken on a neighbourhood walk where in looking for inspiration on a blah overcast day, I found it in puddles. Now you might wonder why, but I find puddles full of inspiration with their reflection and distortion of nearby objects. So on a cold overcast day with the rain about to return, it seemed like a great place to start. I was really pleased with the variety of images I created over a one hour span. All of these were created in camera with only minimal post processing.