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For the past little while, Niagara Falls has been getting some global attention, more so than usual. The deep freeze over both the Canadian and American Falls (much more dramatic over the American) has made it’s way into news, papers, even Jimmy Fallon took a jab at it the other night on his show…
The following images were taken yesterday afternoon. It’s moments like these that make shooting during a severe cold warning much more bearable.
I’ve recently returned from almost four weeks on the road photographing the beautiful (and expansive) province of Ontario. I’m now winding down and sifting through the images. The shoot was for Ontario Tourism and along with the stills, they commissioned a video crew to shoot some beautiful b-roll footage as well. This image personally represents that quintessential summer feeling. It’s a cold Toronto morning out, so it’s fitting that this is my first post from what has become a large Ontario series.
For the past week, Torontonians have been finding ways to deal with an intense heat wave. Although it’s started to return to seasonal temperatures, most people are still trying to beat the heat and cool down, any way they can. Yonge-Dundas Square in the core of the city offers some willing people -and their pets- a chance to relive the good ol’ days of care-free sprinkler jumping.
Healers come in all forms and from all walks of life. MD’s, Naturopaths, Homeopaths, Medicine Men, Spiritual Healers, this list can go on and on. I’m a strong believer that the healing depends more on the person being healed, rather than the form in which the healer is using. During some time spent in Morocco, I came across this man who, humbly enough, called himself a Medicine Man. He would sell his potions, remedies and charms to locals and foreigners alike. He would say, “whoever believes, can be healed”. This man brought a magical energy to Djeema El-Fna square in Marrakech.
The one constant found in all countries, cultures and creeds is the innate desire for freedom. We will fight at any cost for it, protest until beaten and jailed, move to the un-known for a better way, even do the un-thinkable in the name of whatever you believe in, secular or otherwise. The following image was taken in Dharamsala, India during a three day protest for Tibetans, both living within their borders and abroad. This otherwise sleepy town was transformed into a constant wave of refugees, monks and Indian locals all supporting the most desired cause of all, freedom.
On Monday I had the opportunity to photograph 3 time World Champion in figure skating, Patrick Chan. During a private meet and greet at the top of the CN Tower, Patrick met with Chinese media and a selection of Chinese tourists who won a spot in a national contest to fly into Toronto, Canada and meet the World Champion. Patrick really enjoyed the lower key media event as he has been bombarded with larger scale coverage since his win over the past weekend in London, Ontario.
The first day on the Camino de Santiago is said to be the most challenging of the entire pilgrimage. Dealing with the uncomfortable strain of an overloaded pack (mainly camera gear) and the constant uphill terrain, I was certain this trek would get the better of me within the first few hours. Starting well before day break, I began my Camino with a little nervousness and a lot of excitement. 800km before me and all I could see was an endless uphill walk that seemed to never level off. By the time I reached the peak of the French Pyranees I was alone, doubtful, and scared of the journey that I threw myself into. Now I am not a religious man, at least not in the organized sense, but when I stopped to drink some water and take a much needed break, I looked out at the day that was beginning to show itself and suddenly knew why I was there and what lead me to that exact spot.