Had the pleasure to go photograph Nam, a great new Vietnamese Kitchen that opened a few months back here in Calgary for The Globe and Mail. The place feels like an upscale Vietnamese restaurant but eats and costs like a regular one. This is my kind of place, great hearty bowls of food at a good price, plus close to where I hang out downtown. It will be a regular spot for me.
It’s been a busy week of cruising the backroads in the Alberta countryside. Lovely light in the mornings this time of year. Also easy to photograph the morning as the sun rises around 8:00 am. But the prairie skies really do make this place a great place to live.
You see some great graffiti in the cities all over the world. Artists have made their mark in Berlin, London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles. I came across this piece of Canadian Prairie graffiti while on the road through open land where sometimes you don’t see a building for miles. Looks like the graduating class of 2016 tagged this grain bin in a farmers field.
I was lucky last week and got an assignment to photograph the newly minted Deane House in Calgary for the Globe and Mail. Chef Jamie Harling is cooking up a storm there using local Alberta ingredients; and the bread he bakes is simply amazing! Owner Sal Howell, who also owns The River Cafe has done an incredible job of the place and I plan to be there as a guest soon. I am a huge fan of great local food, prepared and presented well. Check out the Globe’s review of the place here. If your in town or traveling through, do yourself a favour and check it out.
Moonrise over a wheat field ready to be harvested. Fall is my favourite time on the prairies, the light is great, the nights start to cool, baseball on the radio. It’s a magical time to drive in the country side. Will do more exploring this week.
We just don’t see stars like this in the city. Simply way to much light pollution. It’s amazing when you take people out of the city who have never seen stars like this and show them, they are awestruck and mesmerized. It is a beautiful site, and on my annual pilgrimage to Writing On Stone, we stayed up late and enjoyed the show. Really makes you think about your place in the world.
It’s amazing how fast 10 days goes by. The first day seems like the start of a long haul and then on the last you ask yourself where did the last 9 days go. Due to assignment obligations I really didn’t have until the last few days of Stampede this year to go out and shoot some behind the scene photos. The past few posts have really just been tiny glimpses into life of the Stampede and back stage at the Stampede. Once I would love to just dive in a shoot the entire Stampede with a camera and a few lenses, just go look for light and moments that I can steal. I really enjoyed the final days this year, here is my last post for this years 101st edition of the Calgary Stampede.