I had the pleasure of checking out a two day BCtech Summit in Vancouver last week. It was quite amazing seeing so many tech brains coming together to strut their stuff. With speeches from Tesla‘s JB Straubel to exhibits that allowed you dissect a dog through virtual reality, there was definitely something for everyone. But with two days of being at any convention, you need to take a break from it all, so that’s exactly what I did! And since I’ve only visited Vancouver only a couple of times, I decided to grab my camera and hit the streets to see what I could find. Lucky for me, I had already heard of Granville Island, a tiny little island with a bunch of character in the heart of downtown Vancouver, so it was the first place I hit on my list. And with so much character going for the island with a handful of restaurants, cafes, and artsy stores, it also happens to be the perfect setting for Emily Carr University of Art and Design, founded by none other than Emily Carr herself in 1925. In this featured blog shot, we see one of the students existing class and walking down one island’s alleyways. It was the building’s raw metallic siding in combination of the yellow pops of colour found on the lampposts that first caught my attention, so I pulled out my camera to find the most interesting angle. But wouldn’t you know it, people kept on walking out of the building each time I was about to press my shutter button. So, eventually I gave up on trying to capture the raw architecture on its own, and created the “distractions” into the opportunity that you see in this photo. A person that looks like they’re walking towards the light at the end of the tunnel, a classic metaphor of hope when the journey looks long and tiresome. With that, I wish all the students at the university a bright and successful future ahead. You can do it!
When two soulmates join hands in marriage, you want to honour their union with something special that symbolizes their love. In this case, my father in-law designed and built this wedding gift for Catherine and Matt, using an old mandoline to set the stage for their magical day. Inside the mandoline stand the bride and groom (and their children) on center stage with a built in light above then that help to highlight their love. Below the stage, a short poem crafted by my mother in-law reads, “On the stage of memories and dreams, where eagles praise the afternoon sun, husband and wife join hands, make a perfect circle, a whole note filled with the laughter of children.” Above the couple is a beautiful inlay of an eagle, and above that features the bride and groom’s names on both sides of the tuning keys. In fact, if you take a real close look at everything on the mandoline, you’ll notice that there are so many well thought out and creative visual stories that come into play that you’ll be sure to notice something special each time you look at the masterpiece. Beauty aside, I found this “pack shot” of sorts to be an interesting project to put all the studio lighting techniques I’ve learned to date to the ultimate test. And a test it was, given all the depths and coinciding shadows of the art piece. In the end, taking multiple exposures and blending them together became the best solution to help highlight all the wonderful features found on the mandoline, but giving key elements ways to shine in their own balanced sort of way. All in all, I have a new appreciation for pack shot photography, and I look forward to shooting the next challenge that tests all that I’ve learned to date. Until then, I wish Catherine and Matt eternal happiness and I look forward to seeing them make beautiful music together.
As of this week, JackFlash Photography has officially opened its (garage) doors here in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. With a fresh lick of white paint (OK, four coats of white paint) floor to ceiling, and an old-school hand-painted logo, the studio can’t wait for its first set of clients to walk in its doors…and you guessed it, strike a pose! Actually, we already have an interesting set of characters lined up for some creative studio portraits in the coming weeks (stay tuned!), but as you can tell by the portfolio of work, Jack Adamson isn’t just limited to professional studio photography. Instead, Jack would like to keep his options open for various photographic opportunities such as engagements, weddings, events, and soon hopes to focus (pardon the pun) his efforts on capturing some genuine moments in time for families and children. Maybe even new borns? In the meantime, there’s plenty to keep us busy here in Victoria, including exploring more of this wonderful island…like driving up island to jaw dropping Tofino…or going for a bike ride along the Galloping Goose…or paddle boarding along the Gorge Waterway…or nursing a cold pint of Hoyne at one of Victoria’s many fine establishments, or…etc. I think you get the drift 😉 That said, it’s been a move eight years in the making, but we’ve finally decided to take the plunge and make a real go of it here, and we couldn’t be more excited!!! So thanks for having us Victoria, we hope to add to your vibrance and character by capturing you, your inhabitants and your visitors in authentic, memorable ways.
I’m not a big car guy, but every once in a while, a uniquely designed vehicle rolls on by which causes me to stop and admire its craftsmanship and attention to detail. That’s the reason I pulled out my camera to photograph this rare 1949 red Diamond T beauty, built buy the Diamond T Motor company in an age where things were built not only beautifully, but also to last.
Here’s a bit of history behind company for some of you car enthusiasts. The company was founded in Chicago in 1905 by C.A. Tilt. The name and logo behind the company was reportedly created by Tilt’s father who was a shoemaker by day. The company first started out building touring cars but later became known for its trucks. During World War II the classic heavy truck was transformed to be a tank transporter tractor where it gave sterling service to the British Army. With its rugged construction, the Diamond T was behind the rescue of hundreds of damaged tanks in the most demanding conditions.
That all being said, whether your a car enthusiast or not, vehicles like the Diamond T are real head turners. And if photographed well, you can actually feel its history as it rests before you.
Do you have a car or something else of interest that you’d like captured in a unique and memorable way? Perhaps its time to reach out for your free estimate today.