• Drive north from Vancouver on Highway 99, the Sea to Sky Highway, north toward Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh), on the way to Whistler (Skwikw), approaching the great granite monolith The Chieftan, a climber’s paradise, you turn off to Shannon Falls. Trails lead to the falls (a short walk) and to the Sea-to-Sky Gondola. 

I could have stood there for an hour, listening, feeling the spray.  

Stanley Park trails

The whole “stay local, stay apart” thing is getting to me, but there I was, on a recent sunny day in Stanley Park, not really in the mood for photography, but then on a trail a bit of fog rolled in, and what’s interesting (to me) is that I “knew” at the time I shot these that they were probably not that interesting as photographs, but in the three-dimensional world the light looked great. As it turned out, they look ok in two dimensions. 

FotoFilmic workshop

This fall I joined a ten other photographers in a workshop led by UK-based Simon Norfolk. It was originally intended to be an in-person class located on Bowen Island, which is a twenty-minute ferry ride from Vancouver. But the pandemic…you know. Because it migrated to being online, FotoFilmic, using Zoom, provided a great experience as photographers from London, Portland Oregon, Macau, and other cities interacted with one another. In addition to the fascinating conversations and lectures, each of us got an exclusive half-hour consultation on our future direction with him. 

And our conversations continue, after the workshop ended. 

For more on upcoming workshops see https://fotofilmic.com/master-workshops/

Simon Norfolk’s work: https://www.simonnorfolk.com

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