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.














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