Into the Fire

One season ends another begins. So I’m back in the interior working out of Clearwater B.C. Staying in a nice hotel on the lake here, things are chill.

Pretty steep ground for the interior I found, but its nice to have technical ground out here. At the end of the coastal season I found my body aching all around.  My nights off spent laying on the couch sipping craft beer, rather then being social.  But then again I find myself doing that every night off now,  Maybe its being anti-social or just another step into the crust.  I digress.  I had a little break in-between contracts to give my body a quick rest.

Anyhow, here are some photos from the coast and Clearwater.  As my foreman Brian would say, “Here’s your piece, you know the drill”


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Into the Fire

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

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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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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

Yorks Homecoming Game 2014

York Lions Homecoming-September 20, 2014

York Lions v.s. McMaster Marauders

Final Score

McMaster 49 – York 2


Well what can I say, it was the first time I ever shot a football game.  I was in Toronto that weekend and had a Sports assignment due the end of the weekend.  So why not try my hand at learning how to shoot American Football.  Normally I cover news, From General News to Breaking News.

I got ahold of York Lions Media Relations and was fortunate enough to get a Media Pass last minute.  Anyhow, I got to york university about an hour before the game to pick up my pass and be briefed on where I’m allowed to go and shoot.  The media coordinator pointed me to talk to security on the sidelines.

“Shoot anywhere on the sidelines, just don’t end up inside the end zone”  Pretty straight forward for the most part.

Anyhow, I wasn’t the only photographer there, there were 2 shooters for York, 1 for McMaster, and 1 for some Local daily.  So I pretty much shadowed them in the first half until I got into the swing of things after half-time.


Gear I Used-


-Canon 7D Mark I

-Canon 6D

-Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM APO

-Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM

-Manfrotto 681B Monopod

-Newswear Documentary vest


I found there was a lot of walking and anticipating where the play was going to go, but it was a huge learning experience on using the Canon 300mm and isolating the players in action.





Yeah, it was quite a fun, challenging, new experience to shoot football.  As well as some of my shot’s were featured in The Pioneer in the feature Homecoming section…G


Yorks Homecoming Game 2014