Rebirth

Wow it’s been over a year since my last blog post. I guess most of my blog followers have since abandoned me and that’s my fault but let’s be optimistic I’m back and I’ll be here for a while.

A lot has happened since last year. A new website, a new part time job, huge photography contracts, and much much more. To be honest is was overwhelming trying to deal with it all and I made some major compromises and sacrifices along the way. One of the biggest changes came as I transferred from the Science Faculty at the University of Regina to the Faculty of Business with a focus in Marketing. This move will put me in a more advantageous position to take my photography business where I want to after graduation.

Oh sorry, did I forget to mention where I want to take the business? To the ad agencies of course! I like to design and create and I find photography as the perfect avenue to do so. I’m looking for those creative contracts to go onto magazine covers and billboards all over the world. A bit too ambitious? One can argue that but what’s to stop me from trying? I want my images to transcend time and to be talked about for generations to come. Why? That’s my way of changing the world. Miss Aneila and Erik Almas‘ images have changed the way I look at photography and as result they played a part in changing the world. They have altered the way I think and perceive certain things and I simply want to share the magic and pass on the favour. 

The most difficult part is monetizing a passion. A delicate balance of knowing when to be objective and subjective towards your craft in order to put food on the table at the end of the day. It’s not a simple task by any means and after a year being out in the photographic wilderness that delicate balance has become a thing of second nature.

Every week I’ll be sharing information on this blog that I think will be helpful to others, such as tips and tricks that I have delved during my 1 year hiatus. Stay tuned for more!

Cheers,

Arthur

Winter is here

Being a Game of Thrones fan I can’t wait for the day when Winter cometh! However back to reality,  winter is finally here in good ole Regina, Saskatchewan. Going outdoors for photo sessions this time of year isn’t too pleasant so I retreated indoors and made good use of my basement suite.

Shooting tethered for the first time with my new gear, I had the images displayed instantly on a 60 inch display for both the model, and assistant to view.  Here’s a BTS video of the shoot followed by the photos.

Enjoy!

 

On the other side

Photographers generally spend most of their time behind their cameras and a computers and rarely in front of the lens, except of course for the occasional selfie! Here are some images of my good friend and photographer Emily Wright who ended up in front of my camera while I was helping her with a film photography project she was working on. What started off as behind the scene photos ended being the main shots of this highly impromptu photo session. I worked the light to create a moody feel while the wooden floor and stonework added a classy touch. Enjoy!

Be sure to Emily’s Facebook page and Twitter a follow!

 

101st Grey Cup and The Green Mile

greycup-21Ever since I moved to Regina, Saskatchewan I have heard many making reference of Regina’s football fan base to that of the Green Bay Packers. The Regina Roughriders has the largest fan base in the Canadian Football league and apparently is ranked #2 for the most merchandise sold by a professional sports team in Canada behind the Montreal Canadiens. It was no surprise then that the city of Regina would go bezerk when the CFL Grey Cup, Canada’s version of the NFL Super Bowl came to town in the frosty evening of November, 2013.

Prior to this the Riders had only won the Grey Cup twice. The first in 1989 and the second in 2007. With the pressure of making it to the playoffs with the Grey Cup being hosted in their city, the Riders launched themselves to an 8 – 1 start to the 2013 season and eventually made it to the playoffs.

After battling through the semi-final attacks of Lulay and the BC Lions and thwarting the stampede of Cornish and his Stampeders, the Saskatchewan Roughriders made their way back home to wage their final battle for the Grey Cup on their own turf.

On the balmy evening of November 24th, 2013 , Mosaic stadium transformed into a green colosseum for one last time as the Riders took on the Hamilton Tiger Cats. The fact that this was the final showdown of the season was one thing but what added more fuel to the excitement was the head coach of the Tiger Cats, Kent Austin. Not only was he a former Roughrider he was the Rider’s Quaterback in 1989 and their head coach in 2007. Kent was a major part of the Riders past success and now he came to their house to take one away from the Riders.

Then it was game time. In short the Roughriders made the Tiger Cats look like kittens on the field and played with them all night long. Riders Quarterback, Darian Durant strung out 17 passes like balls of yarn for the Ti-Cats defence, putting up 245 yards with 3 touchdowns. While Durant played in the air, Riders Running Back, Kory Sheets played cat-and-mouse on the ground collecting 197 yards and a pair of touch downs.

The Tiger Cats fell and unlike all cats they didn’t land on their feet. A whopping 23 – 45 loss to the Roughriders sent them back to Hamilton with their tails tucked well between their legs. For lack of a more descriptive analogy, these cats got wet!

On the other hand this lit the fuse for the grand spectacle that was on my bucket list of experiences to witness, which was the Green Mile. Living in Regina for over two years now I’ve always heard tales of the mass exodus that converged on Albert street following the Rider’s 2007 Grey Cup win. Cops closing the roads down, people dancing on car tops and hanging from street lights gave Albert street this famous nickname.

GreenMile-5This time around with a blowout win at home the Green Mile flooded as thousands of fans drained from the stadium and surrounding bars to celebrate. All coated in green jerseys or makeshift outfits, people you never knew instantly became your friends.

High fives and “We won the Cup!” chants were the order of the night along with the occasional side of “H-E-N-R-Y, here kitty kitty”.

Then there were fireworks and more and more people, literally as far as the eye could see. So much so that people were actually crowd surfing on this sea of green.  Then all of a sudden this guy just magically appeared hanging from the stop sign about 20 feet above the street which put the icing on the cake for me.

I feel privileged to say that not only have I been to a Grey Cup game but I have been to ‘the Grey Cup game’, the one that will be forever remembered and inscribed in the walls of the foundation of this city for many years to come.

Coach’s Plan Magazine

Front Cover

Front Cover

An extract of the related article

An extract of the related article

Here it is! My first major publication. I was contracted by Coach’s Plan Magazine, a Canadian publication based out of Ontario, to provide the cover image for their November 3rd Winter Issue. Featured on the cover is Track & Field Olympic Coach, Carla Nicholls.

The full issue can be viewed here.

Canadian Elite Boxing Championships

boxing-11So here I am sitting in class an up pops an email on my computer. The president of the local boxing club contacts me on behalf of Boxing Canada to see if I was interested in photographing the Canadian Elite Boxing Championships. Never before had I covered an event like this so I decided to give it a shot. Along with my colleague Emily from Emily Wright Photography we worked in sync to keep up to speed with the very fast paced nature of the event.

The first night I shot well over 7000 images. Certainly this was no fun when it came to editing but it certainly was necessary as the single row tungsten lights to one side  and the red floored ring was a white balance nightmare! I also the arena wasn’t as bright as I would have liked it so I decided to do the complete opposite, leave them in their dark moody state.

This was the first time since the 1980’s that male amateur boxers in Canada were allowed to fight without head gear. We wanted these images to capture the grand atmosphere of the event therefore we edited our images to emphasize the effort and expression of the boxers.

The tense feeling of these images truly capture  the excitement of the event.

Usually the golden rule of an event such as this is to shoot in a rather photojournalistic way, doing minimal editing to the images to preserve their integrity. However the task we were assigned with was to take images that were to be used to bring recognition to the amateur boxings by potential sponsors. As a result I  saw it fit to digitally alter the images to maximize the genuine effort made by all the boxers who stepped into the ring.

Please let me know what you think I the comments.

And also do show your support for my colleague, Emily Wright who worked equally as hard, to ensure we captured images of most, if not all the boxers.