I bought a new camera

I’m not sure what it is about photography, but it has always held my interest. This is important because there are not too many things that do - I flit from hobby to hobby with a mind jarred from the endless distractions of the 21st century. Maybe the act of being able to freeze a moment, isolating it from those same distractions, is where the appeal lies. I’m a slow person, so slowing things down is crucial. It’s a strange thing to do - capture moments of time - and the reasoning behind it is hard to pin down. Somewhere between a childhood spent reading National Geographic and the purchase of a Canon AE-1 in my early teens I found my reason, whatever it may be.

It’s almost a bit surprising that it has taken me this long to buy a high level camera based on my early enthusiasm. Something to do with an extended wayward youth and a tiny bank account balance, but that wasn’t the only reason. I had never taken it seriously. For someone like me, the only way to get yourself to take something seriously is to force yourself. Put yourself in the situation. Pull the trigger. Whatever.

So I bought a new camera. I don’t know where it will take me but it sure has restored my interest and love for making pictures. It also has made me realize how little I know about it - and how deep the rabbit hole goes, especially in this day and age. I hope to use it to tell stories. I like writing. I like photography. I could use some practice with both. So let’s find some interesting stories to tell. In the meantime, here are a couple shots from the first weeks of owning a nicer camera. The skills could use a bit of work, but if you do something for long enough you can’t help but get better at it, right?

Flowers at the Bloedel Conservatory

Took a trip to the Bloedel Conservatory in Vancouver. Highly recommended.

Lindsay playing soccer

Linds kicks a ball around English Bay.

April filming on the beach

My friend April Bencze is working on a documentary. I tagged along for a day.

Wickannanish Beach

Wickannanish Beach (Kwisitis), Pacific Rim National Park.

Flying over the central coast

Flying up to Bella Bella for a bit of work with Pacific Wild.

Beautiful sunset

Made it up just in time for a beautful sunset over Whiskey Cove.