A Month In

Day 30 something. Shifts are now blurring by and I’m always burnt on (lets face it, I’m a burnout going in).  Anyhow usual stuff happening, putting trees in the ground and trying not to think about it.


Nathan For you with friends
Evergreen Swag
1000 yard stare on night off
Chas getting blessed
John giving us tips on how to plant these monster trees.  .36c a tree.
Connor pounding hard
The boxes these massive trees came were literally called Coffin Boxes



A Month In

Three Weeks In

Three weeks in and things are going well out here.  My feet aren’t as sore and I’m not out of breath after a few trees in.  Days are starting to go by quicker and my body is starting to get numb (this is a good thing).  My days off consist of laying around watching better call saul.

So whats left is to keep on trying to grab shots, but it is hard in some ways.  as soon as I’m on the block I mentally go into planting mode, and shooting becomes secondary.  I definitely need a day where I just focus on shooting.

Anyhow only 90 something days to go.

15-04-161424Early mornings

14-04-161344A FIST trying to access a quad block

I wasn’t to sure what image to use, but I like both these shots of “Spookie” walking into the block.




IMG_8449Got back to the cache and found John a.k.a Johnny 2 Shoes like this.  He very lazy man.

IMG_9960My roommates Craig and John at the end of the day

plWhat I see at the end of the day


Three Weeks In


Shift 2:

Artisan works 3-1 shift.  Which Now I realize I will put out a blog out weekly rather than by shift.  Now I’m back out in the bush working, the hardest thing I found was keeping a charge.  Not so much in my camera, but on my iPhone and Macbook.  The Camp provides power outlets for workers, but they end up like this.


Power cuts out whenever, so I started plugging my laptop in the trucks or directly into the generator.

gear travel copy


-Canon 6D

-Canon 70D

-Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8

-Canon 70-200mm f/2.8

-Canon 50mm f/1.8

-ThinkTank Shape Shifter

-Macbook Pro Retina mid-2012

-Seagate 2 TB Hard Drive

-Moleskin Book

-Thinktank Memory Card Holder

–2x-LP-E6 Batteries

-Canon Battery Charger LC-E6

-Media Pass (Just In Case)

-R0de Mic

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Shift 1-
So here it is Year 6 of Treeplanting. I have to admit I really didn’t feel like coming out this year, but “mans gotta eat” as Randy Bobandy would say.By eat, I mean eating away my debt bit by bit.

Anyhow I though it was time to start a photo doc on camp life. I figure I need a photo story in my portfolio, so heres a start. Anyhow,  I figure I should keep shooting after my internship, keep things fresh and work on isolated photography.

I am now Crusty as Fuck.














Municipal Politics 2014

TORONTO, Ont.- Going through my shots this semester I found these gems.  This year was municipal elections across Ontario.  I went out and covered a lot of local politics, but the one event that stuck out was a mayoral debate in Toronto.

I needed one assignment to kill for News and I happened to be in the area.  So I asked a friend who was working on Olivia Chowscampaign team if she was out and about.  Turns out the day I was in town she would be doing meet and greets in North York.  I attempted to track her down with schedule I was given, but alas I couldn’t find her.

So in defeat I was about to head back, then I saw the Toronto Star tweeted there would be a debate later on that day in North York.  I contacted the media liaison for the debate in North York but he didn’t get back to me in time, well fuck it I figured to myself and showed up to the Anne and Max Tannenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of North Toronto an hour before the debate started.

When I arrived, a huge crowd had already gathered in the front of the Academy.  Already there some political dilemma going on between mayoral candidate D!onne Renee and one of the event organizers. Apparently she has been going to debates and attempting to partake in them as a forerunning candidate.  She was almost barred from the door, but was eventually let in.toMayoralDebate_0510141062


Soon I arrived to the Media Desk and talked my way in,  I signed in under Freelance and grabbed my pass.  Going in I began to realize this was a good place to meet working photojournalists as it turned out the Toronto Star, The Toronto Sun and the National Post were there.  It was cool getting pointer from them and suggestions where to go after I finish photoj classIMG_0151IMG_0147IMG_0157.

Turns out the shooter for the National Post Colin O’Connor went to the same photojournalism program I’m currently in and used to be a tree planter.  He was telling me that there are jobs in the news industry, you just have to supplement your income with commercial work.  Also he mentioned that 95% or my peers won’t end up shooting news, but move onto different photography or end up doing something else.  I later found out that he’s getting out of the game and into teaching high school.toMayoralDebate_0510141124

Anyhow the debate eventually began, and you got to see the three highballers Olivia Chow, John Tory and Doug Ford, and the fourth place candidate Ari Goldkind.  Most of the debate revolved around Tory’s smart track plan and how it won’t work. But things really took a turn when Rob Ford arrived to support his brother.toMayoralDebate_0510141131

The entire room started to focus on Rob Ford rather then the debate, eventually his presence leaked into the debate.  Goldkind brought up the anti-semetic remarks Rob Ford had said during his term as mayor,  Doug Ford in turn tried to distance him self from these comments but wound up saying some controversial remarks as well.

“You know something: my doctor, my Jewish doctor, my Jewish dentist, my Jewish lawyer my Jewish — hold it — accountant. We’ve learned, our family — can you please, please let me finish?” stated Doug Ford in the debate.  The entire crowd started laughing, but eventually it turned into boos in the middle of this statement.toMayoralDebate_0510141144toMayoralDebate_0510141211

The debate finished up and the scrums began.  I tried to get  ascot of Rob Ford but he bolted out of the door, the entire media scrum tried to keep up but he ran into his vehicle with his wife and took off.  “Doesn’t matter, if doesn’t want to comment, he doest want to comment, not a big deal”  Andrew Wallace(from the Toronto Star) told me.  I shrugged and got into the scrums with Tory and Chow.



So all in all I learned how quickly you have to file when doing news.  The Star was filing shots and posting them on their website as the debate was going on.  O’Conner said he had half-hour to have his shots in by, which would be around a dozen photos.  So this was a great experience  and a lot of fun in the end.



Municipal Politics 2014

Rural Underground

Photos byJeremy Mckay

For the past year I’ve been following the hip-hop scene in Belleville, Ontario.  Surprisingly I found the scene out here to be vibrant and strong.  It was the last thing I expected to find out here, a hidden gem.  So I started shooting shows and following artists in my spare time out here in Belleville.

This time round I went to go shoot the Young Stitch: Pyramids in the sky tour at the Duke pub on November 1st.  It was here where I decided to pursue my assignments for the photojournalism class’s I’m currently in.  One class is for Documentary, were I decided to tackle a social issues project… another is “shoot your weakness” assignment for me editing class.

Portraits…This was the answer to my assignments.  I am not using more than one flash for lighting, let alone doing portraits.  It was here where I was out of my comfort zone, I have to control the subjects and the light hitting the subject.  But not doing candid style photography for documentary purposes.

#theduke #belleville #quinte #hiphop #rural #mc #djaying #rap #420klick #stylinflow #stylinflowentertainment #sentralsoldiers #pyramidsinthesky #canadianhiphop #youngstitch


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Rural Underground

Jeremy Mckay Portfolio 2014

TORONTO, ON. (02/12/13) – Toronto Deputy Police Chief Peter Sloly announced the death of Const. John Zivcic at a press conference outside St Michaels Hospital on Monday. Zivcic was in a car accident on saturday while responding to an emergency call. Photo by Jeremy Mckay


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link—>  Jeremy Mckay Portfolio 2014.

So this is it…ground zero.  After 6 months of shooting & getting knowledge kicked to me, I put together my first “legit” portfolio that I showed to a advisory board in mid-march.  One of the cool perks of my Photojournalism program is that I have  an opportunity to show my work to heavy hitting media outlets such as the:  Toronto Star, Sun Media, Globe and Mail, Canadian Press, Montreal Gazette, Macleans Magazine, Reuters, Photo Sensitive and also some Successful Freelancers.  I saw advisors who worked/working for Photosensitive, the Canadian Press, Sun Media and Toronto Star.

I have a lot to work ahead of me but I got started on the right path to shooting news.  I was told many things from the advisors I saw while getting critiqued-


“Put that Ford shot in your scrapbook” “you have to shoot tighter”  “I may sound harsh, but I’m talking you from peer to peer.  Not myself down to a student” “Up your technical skills and photoshop skill” “CROP MORE” “YOU CROPPED TO TIGHT” “Shoot wider” “Good moment…But” “Slow down when you shoot.  Wait a few seconds more” etc..

I was also told “I think you have a future in news”, that I should freelance out hard news/spot news in Montreal,  that I’m going the right direction,  “What are you doing this summer?  Interning?” and to keep on shooting.

Overall a great experience and got some direction on were to develop my skills further.

Other than that, the semester is wrapping up.  I just have to slug out multimedia & multiple pics (only classes that worry me), everything else is a breeze.  Soon its back out west to plant trees and document hippies guerrilla style.  Maybe swing an internship in August.

By Jeremy Mckay