Year in Review 2014

Now that we are at the end of the year, I always take the time to have a peek at the assignments I have photographed throughout the year. It’s always a great chance to see what I have been doing and what events I have covered. Here is a selection of some of my favorite images in 2014, Merry Christmas.

Back country skiing up Deception Pass, January 10. For the Toronto Star
Back country skiing up Deception Pass, January 10. For the Toronto Star
The British, National Gallery, London, January 28. For The Toronto Star
The British, National Gallery, London, January 28. For The Toronto Star

 

French Kiss on the River Seine, Paris, France. January 31. For The Toronto Star
French Kiss on the River Seine, Paris, France. January 31. For The Toronto Star
Nicole Briggs Miss Rodeo Canada June 7. For The Toronto Star
Nicole Briggs Miss Rodeo Canada June 7. For The Toronto Star
Rodeo bareback rider, Brooks rodeo, June 7. For The Toronto Star
Rodeo bareback rider, Brooks rodeo, June 7. For The Toronto Star
World renowned National Geographic photographer William Alberta Allard, July 7. For Reuters
World renowned National Geographic photographer William Albert Allard, July 7. For Reuters
A cheerleader for the Edmonton Eskimos goes flying through the air during the Labour Day classic. September 1. For Reuters
A cheerleader for the Edmonton Eskimos goes flying through the air during the Labour Day classic. September 1. For Reuters
A freak summer snow storm destroyed thousands of trees in Calgary, September 10. For Reuters
A freak summer snow storm destroyed thousands of trees in Calgary, September 10. For Reuters
A tailings pond at the oil sands near Fort McMurray, Alberta. September 17. For Reuters
A tailings pond at the oil sands near Fort McMurray, Alberta. September 17. For Reuters
A farmer climbs up a grain bin during the wheat harvest in Alberta, October 10. For The Globe and Mail
A farmer climbs up a grain bin during the wheat harvest in Alberta, October 10. For The Globe and Mail
University women's rugby finals, October 17. For Canon Cameras.
University women’s rugby finals, October 17. For Canon cameras.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats Brandon Banks reacts after his touchdown was called back against the Calgary Stampeders at the Grey Cup, November 30. For Reuters
Hamilton Tiger-Cats Brandon Banks reacts after his touchdown was called back against the Calgary Stampeders at the Grey Cup, November 30. For Reuters
The Calgary Stampeders react to winning the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver, November 30. For Reuters
The Calgary Stampeders react to winning the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver, November 30. For Reuters











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Prints

For the past while now, every time I go on a photographic trip I have been coming back home and making a set of prints. It’s a great exercise, I find it really brings life to the body of work. When I will show friends and family pictures on a computer screen, their attention span to say the least is not very long. People are now trained to want something immediately on the screen or something to change. I have noticed, we do not like to look at one thing for too long on a screen. When I show the same people prints made from a trip, they all spend much more time with them. They look at the details, the colour, or tones in a black and white. Something changes, they slow down and tune the rest of the world out for a bit, even cell phones get ignored when they look at prints. With modren printing technology it’s easy to make great prints, there are also a wide range of great papers out there. So just back from Rome and Vatican City doing an assignment on the new Pope, I have some tunes on and printing away. A good way to spend the Saturday.

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2012 Year in Review

The end of any year is an obvious time for review. Reviewing your life, your work, and in the case of photographers, the photographs you have taken throughout the year. I did a close review of my work this year for a couple of reasons, one to get some photos ready to enter into the year end contests, but two, and I think more importantly, to see how I have worked this year and where I can change and perhaps produce some better work next year.

 

It was an interesting exercise to go through all your work. You realize how quick these years go by, and also how well you did or did not do. Sometimes we get caught in bad light, bad locations, some days it just seems that bad everything happens to you and you go home frustrated with no memorable pictures. Other days things seem to go much better. But what I took out of the exercise was there are a few ways I am going to try and change how I work, let’s chat again in a year I hope it works.

 

Also at this time of year you get to see a lot of the “Best Of” portfolios from newspapers and magazines around the world. You realize that there is some exceptionally great work done day in and day out. I have seen a lot of my friends put together these galleries, so here it goes. The following is not necessarily my “Best Of” for the year, but photos I really like for one reason or another.

 

I hope you enjoy. Good picture hunting in 2013.

Two women react as Liberal leadership candidate Trudeau makes his way for a speech at the Dashmesh Culture Senior Citizen Society in Calgary. Calgary Stampeders Paredes kicks a field goal against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the second half of their CFL football game in Calgary. IC Los Angeles Kings' King celebrates his goal on Phoenix Coyotes' Smith during Game 1 of the NHL Western Conference hockey finals in Glendale. The horse Tar Baby falls back onto La Valley of Bezanson, Alberta in the Bareback event during the finals at the 100th Anniversary of the Calgary Stampede Rodeo in Calgary. Milan of Cochrane, Alberta wrestles a steer in the Steer Wrestling event during the 100th Anniversary of the Calgary Stampede Rodeo in Calgary. TK20120618-1851 during the Writing On Stone rodeo near Milk River, Alberta. Sue Jaques in Calgary, Alberta, December 19, 2012. Photograph by Todd Korol CURLING/ FOOTBALL-VANIERCUP/