When Rog Law asked me to take his portrait, I somewhat flinched. It had been 3 years since I had done any serious portraiture. I had grown accustomed to interior design shoots, like the ones I do for Airbnb and my landscapes. I had forgotten how to coach and put the sitter at ease, things I use to be very familiar with. Landscapes don’t require that you talk and direct them. I wanted to take the challenge on but I felt a little out of practice.
What’s great about the experience that both Rog and I had is that we had fun. I had a vision of what I wanted and so did he. Together we made it a reality.
I had originally planned a man versus the elements theme. After all, Rog trained very hard to achieve his goals. As a strength coach he helps people work against the elements in their daily environment and encourages them toward achieving their goals. I wanted to show him beating the elements. There will be atleast two more installments of this shoot so stay tuned.
Inspired by The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein, these portaits of Julien Smith were shot on 35 mm slide film with a Minolta camera, in 2010. They were in essence an experiment with a new medium and a new camera. I tried to create a 21st century rendition of The Ambassadors showcasing Julien Smith as an ambassador of technology, change and a futurist. These portraits show him in the midst of this transformation. I included a nice black and white one which I know will be Julien’s favorite.
Nicaragua’s 1972 Earthquake devastated the country. It took the lives of many and with it destroyed many buildings including the cathedral.
The new cathedral is a brutalist space and has no resemblance to the old cathedral.
The old cathedral though falling apart is still a tourist destination the clock frozen in time at 12:30 when the earthquake struck and changed Nicaragua forever.
Which one do you like better?
With old industrial buildings lining the Lachine Canal, Saint Henri is an interesting neighbourhood to call home.
Hydro Quebec is the world’s largest hydroelectric producer.
What’s curious about these buildings is their unique and somewhat contrasting architecture. I have no idea what’s inside but the architecture of these buildings conveys two things, important and keep out.
These two example are located in Montreal’s old port. Prime real estate.