Deer & Almond for Ciao Magazine

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_IAN7423You 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.

 

Mardi Gras 2015 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre

Recently I was invited to the media event promoting the Mardi Gras celebration at the Winnipeg Convention Centre on Feb 13-14 .If you’re looking for a fun, tasty and energetic way to lighten up the winter, I suggest you check this event out!

Friday the 13th is Zombie theme night and we had a super creepy zombie work the media crowd, who are generally unflappable, but were totally creeped out!

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Black and White Figure Studies

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.

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2015 UN International Year of Light

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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.

 

Sean McCormick of Manitobah Mukluks for Western Living

Manitobah_Mukluk_By_Ian_McCausland-1Shot 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!

 

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Recently I documented the completed galleries in the new Canadian Museum of Human Rights. While these might look impressive, The stills can’t convey the actual experience of moving through the museum. Thought provoking, emotionally moving and awe-inspiring galleries and exhibits are throughout the entire experience. These images are being used in the app you can download and use in the space while you move through it. IMG_2193 IMG_2196 IMG_2197 IMG_2199 IMG_2202 IMG_2204 IMG_2207 IMG_2210 IMG_2211 IMG_2212 IMG_2219 IMG_2220 IMG_2223

Sony A7s and Wasabi

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!

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Andriana Chuchman for The U of M

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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.

Thanks, For Winnipeg

Brian_Bowman_by_Ian_McCauslandFriends, 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.

Thanks again!

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