I was recently asked to photography Bison Volleyball player Brittany Habing for the Uof M. We had a specific layout we were trying to fill, a very narrow horizontal. The first two images are they way I processed them for the client, the third is just me having fun, creating more mood in processing.
You can read all about Chef Mandel Hitzer of Deer & Almond in this month’s Ciao Magazine! here’s an excerpt:
“I fell in love with flavours at the age of nine,” Mandel Hitzer says. He fondly remembers his grandmother and mother filling the kitchen with the intoxicating aromas of bread baking, roast beef, and Yorkshire pudding. By the time he was a teenager Mandel was cooking for his four siblings, smitten with the pleasure of creating good, simple food.
That childhood passion is now at play at deer + almond, a 68-seat restaurant in the heart of Winnipeg’s Exchange District, where seven days a week chef Hitzer serves up tapas-style dishes that challenge culinary convention with a clever mix of global styles and ingredients.
Recently I shot some figure studies in the studio. I was inspired by the up coming show at the WAG, Olympus: The Greco-Roman Collections of Berlin and wanted to try and capture some of the same sculptural qualities of figure in a photograph. As well I was inspired by the annual ESPN magazine body issue where they celebrate the athlete’s condition without revealing anything.
The study of the nude in art traces back as far as 30,000 BC. and has been a part of the photographic tradition since the birth of the medium. It’s perhaps the most challenging type of image to create as sometimes all it takes is a subtle change to take the image in the wrong direction.
The model had just finished competition and was at her peak form and was incredibly gracious for my shoot. In the future I’d love to try and do more of these kinds of shoots with a wide range of body types.
The UN has declared 2015 the International Year of Light and Light-based technologies.
As some one who relies heavy upon and uses light to make people and things look good, this declaration is near and dear to my heart!
Here’s an explanation from the official website:
In proclaiming an International Year focusing on the topic of light science and its applications, the United Nations has recognized the importance of raising global awareness about how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. Light plays a vital role in our daily lives and is an imperative cross-cutting discipline of science in the 21st century. It has revolutionized medicine, opened up international communication via the Internet, and continues to be central to linking cultural, economic and political aspects of the global society.
These photos were all shot with my new toy, the Pixel Stick.
Shot a profile on Sean McCormick of Manitobah Mukluksin his show room. He’s wearing his own day- to-day mukluks, as the samples were the wrong size. We joked about how many CEO’s would pose for a photo with deer blood on their footwear! He was hunting the weekend previous to our shoot and had the blood stains on his mukluks to prove it!
I shot the Ciao Cooks feature for the latest issue. It features Kristen from Chew and Belinda from High Tea Bakery.
Back in October I was lucky enough to try out the new Sony A7s, the latest camera in the A& line up. While its getting raves as a video camera, I had fun using it for still. I dropped in the food blogger event at Wasabi to try it out. Wasabi is the perfect location to try out a camera designed for low light. The cozy atmosphere and dim lighting makes for a wonderfully cozy environment and their sushi is unrivalled in this city.
As you can see here the Sony handled the task amazingly well. The more I play with this camera the more I can see myself using it. While I didn’t have wireless capabilities set up and running, I could have easily been tweeting and instagraming these images immediately as part of the event.As good as the iPhone is, it’s no match to this full frame chip!
You can view all the pics posted from this event here https://twitter.com/search?q=%23wasabiwpg&src=typd
Many Thanks to Wasabi of the invite to this event!
Local musician Russell Lee came by for new photos for his promo and new CD titled What Do I Do?
Recently as part of the UofM trailblazer campaign (http://umanitoba.ca/trailblazer/andriana/index.html) I was honoured to have Andriana Chuchman (http://www.andrianachuchman.com) in my studio. In order to get the shot where she looked like she was singing, we requested she actually sing which she quite willingly obliged. My studio space was filled with the wondererous sound of her voice and her ability to fill a room with her voice astounded me. Adriana was a wonderful subject and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work with her on this campaign.
Friends, just one more post about Brian Bowman and the Bowman4WPGteam.
I first want to say thank you so much for all my friends and followers on social media for indulging ( some say enduring!) my passion for this campaign. Over the past few months, I’ve share the reasons I got involved in this election and Brian embodied those reasons. As anyone who knows me can attest I have been passionate about Winnipeg well before this campaign and this journey has only solidified my view that this city is just full of amazing people who want to work together and see this city grow and flourish. Believe me I wrestled with wether or not I was going too hard with all this, but as anyone who’s pretty active in social media can tell you, passionate fuels your success. So thank you, you can quit hiding my posts and un-mute me on twitter!
Yesterday at Parlour Coffee Brian and I had a chance to reflect to the conversation we had way back when I offered my support IF he decided to run. It’s been an amazing journey to go from majority of Winnipeg saying “Brian who?” to chants of “Bomentum!” as he entered the room last night. I truly had fun facing the challenges in getting the message out, using all the skills I have with my images, my words and my efforts on the street.
In my line of work, I am incredibly privileged to work with community leaders of all kinds in this city. It’s in the moments before and after I train my lens on these leaders where their true character is revealed. As the campaign went on, and I had a chance to work beside, laugh and even shed a tear or two with Brian, my respect for him just grew and grew, and I felt compelled to share it with all of you. His insistence to run this campaign in a positive way, without going negative, inspired all of us, and at the end of it allowed all of the team to hold their head ups up, proud that we ran a good clean campaign, win or lose.
When Brian pledged he wasn’t going to run provincially or federally and that he was truly running “for Winnipeg” I made a similar pledge, I stated it publicly here and I made that pledge to my amazing wife, Lynda Gyorgy- McCausland who was just so supportive of me embracing this new experience to its fullest.
This being my first political campaign, i’ve learned so much about myself my beliefs and my passions. It will be an exciting challenge to find new interesting ways to share those with you.
This month’s Ciao Magazine feature is on 529 Wellington( http://529wellington.ca)You can read the feature over at Ciao here http://www.ciaowinnipeg.com/?p=18604)
Chef Fraser MacLeod was very accommodating and we had a wonderful time capturing the saucy goodness on their menu.
Its always fun to play with lighting, especially with someone as amazing as Katerina. Finally getting to blog this images, with hopes to work with her again one day!
Just a few panoramas made over the last few months. The first of Grace Hospital (www.gracehospitalfoundation.ca) the 2nd for Prairie 360 (www.prairie360.ca)
Had the please of photographing Roland Penner for the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law Alumni magazine. Mr Penner was Dean of Law at the University of Manitoba and a is a former politician and Manitoba Cabinet minister.