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Faces of the Flood Pt 2

Annick - Mission Volunteer

Annick – Mission Volunteer

So I guess it was yesterday now, and I headed down to the community of Mission, it is along the Elbow river. It was a very similar story to all of the stories being told about the kind acts by strangers. Again spirits were high, lots of smiles and even Wildrose brewery was passing out beers. I have to say it is very strange, when you go into a place and you tear down walls, there are no leaders, everyone just finds a roll and fills it. One or two tear down walls, two or three shovel and haul the garbage out and two or three are there to take that garbage to a dumpster. Everything just gets to where its supposed to be, everyone just wants to get things done. So again, here are some volunteers and residents of a community damaged by the floods.

Kiri and Aaron - Mission Volunteer

Kiri and Aaron – Mission Volunteer

Shawn - Mission Volunteer

Shawn – Mission Volunteer

Dai - Mission Volunteer

Dai – Mission Volunteer

Phil - Mission Volunteer

Phil – Mission Volunteer

Andrea - Mission Volunteer

Andrea – Mission Volunteer

Megan - Mission Volunteer

Megan – Mission Volunteer

Wyatt - Mission Volunteer

Wyatt – Mission Volunteer

Phillip - Mission Volunteer

Phillip – Mission Volunteer

Dennis - Mission Volunteer

Dennis – Mission Volunteer

Devon, Emily, John, Josh and Numa - Mission Volunteers

Devon, Emily, John, Josh and Numa – Mission Volunteers

Alex - Mission Volunteer

Alex – Mission Volunteer

Brandon and Amanda - Mission Volunteers

Brandon and Amanda – Mission Volunteers

Austin - Mission Volunteer

Austin – Mission Volunteer

Javier - City of Calgary

Javier – City of Calgary

Marg - City of Calgary

Marg – City of Calgary

Lara - Mission Volunteer

Lara – Mission Volunteer

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Daniel - Contractor

Daniel – Contractor

Brooke, Christine, Javier, Brian, Shane, Jade, Barry and Anna Mission Volunteers and Residents

Brooke, Christine, Javier, Brian, Shane, Jade, Barry and Anna Mission Volunteers and Residents

Jessica - Mission Volunteer

Jessica – Mission Volunteer

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Faces of the Flood

Today I went down to Bow Crescent in Bowness, again basements and some main floors of houses devastated. People are doing their best to get the water out as fast as they can so maybe they don’t have to knock down their property. The overwhelming support has been felt across the city with volunteers showing up on door steps to help with the clean up of random home owners. I would think this happens everywhere, but then again… Who knows. All I can say it is amazing to witness the community pulling together. So here are some of the faces from Bow Crescent. Please give it up to all the volunteers and victims, everyone is working hard.

Don - Bow Crescent

Don – Bow Crescent

Scott - Bow Crescent Volunteer

Scott – Bow Crescent Volunteer

Chris - Bow Crescent Volunteer

Chris – Bow Crescent Volunteer

Brian - Bow Crescent Home Owner

Brian – Bow Crescent Home Owner

Adam. Jake, Conner, and Josh - Bow Crescent Volunteers

Adam. Jake, Conner, and Josh – Bow Crescent Volunteers

Nancy and Brent - Bow Crescent Volunteers

Nancy and Brent – Bow Crescent Volunteers

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Trisha and Sabrina - Bow Crescent Volunteers

Trisha and Sabrina – Bow Crescent Volunteers

Darren - Bow Crescent Volunteer

Darren – Bow Crescent Volunteer

Jamie and Marcus - Bow Crescent Residents

Jamie and Marcus – Bow Crescent Residents

Carolina, Amanda, Kat Steven and Curt - Bow Crescent Volunteers

Carolina, Amanda, Kat Steven and Curt – Bow Crescent Volunteers

Rodger, Darren, Danielle, and Murry - Bow Crescent Volunteers

Rodger, Darren, Danielle, and Murry – Bow Crescent Volunteers

Pat and Dave - Bow Crescent Volunteers

Pat and Dave – Bow Crescent Volunteers

Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints -Bow Crescent Volunteers

Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints -Bow Crescent Volunteers

Natalie, Erika and Alyssia - Bow Crescent Volunteers

Natalie, Erika and Alyssia – Bow Crescent Volunteers

Karolina and Kirsten -  Bow Crescent Volunteers

Karolina and Kirsten – Bow Crescent Volunteers

Dustin -  Bow Crescent Volunteer

Dustin – Bow Crescent Volunteer

Alex -  Bow Crescent Volunteer

Alex – Bow Crescent Volunteer

Bruce - Bow Crescent Volunteer

Bruce – Bow Crescent Volunteer

Sara -  Bow Crescent Volunteer

Sara – Bow Crescent Volunteer

Crystal -  Bow Crescent Volunteer

Crystal – Bow Crescent Volunteer

Maria - Bow Crescent Volunteer

Maria – Bow Crescent Volunteer

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Hey, I got something for you to look at!

Here are Alana in Astrid again, but this time they are in different clothes and in different locations!
Alana Alana Astrid Astrid

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And now for the rest of the story

The Point The Point The Point The Point The Point The Point

Special thanks to all those involved

Models: Astrid W and  Alana (Numa) and Jay

Make Up: Nicole Richey (Numa)

Hair and Styling: Jolene Friesen

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Top Ten of 2012

Top ten lists are fan favourites, everyone loves them and typically they come out before the end of the year, but I didn’t have the time between the gift buying and the drinking and the eating and the drinking and the visiting to really sit down to take the time to compile a list of the favourite TEN photos I took in the last year. Yup this is a completely self serving list. I suppose if I were to rationalize it, I could use this list to see how my work evolved over the course of the year. Although its just something to keep this blog going and show my work. Now some of the photos you will have seen and others you wouldn’t have seen, so without further ado….

#10

Anouk

This is Anouk, she was 5 when I took this, I think she is six now. This was the first shot of a about 20 I took of her, I told her I was just checking the light.

#9

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Liz, she is breath of fresh air, always honest and probably one of the wittiest people I have ever met.

#8

viewfromfortress

I don’t take a lot of landscapes but I really like this one from Fortress Mountain. I was scouting for a car commercial when I shot this, I always will remember it as my favourite ski hill and the windiest until it was shut down. Now it is used for all sorts of movies, commercials, and photo shoots. This is where the final climactic scene in Inception takes place FYI.

#7

Tony

Tony Kaye, the acclaimed director was working on a commercial here last January and I had the honour of driving him around. It was a very interesting experience.

#6

Hatchett

This Hatchet is part of a series of hand tools used by my girlfriends father, he passed away a few years ago and I took the series for her family. If you look back at the blog I did some tools in colour, I think the black and white suits these objects more than the colour.

#5

C'est Moi

Thats right, its me. How can I not!

#4

LorieMatheson

This Lorrie Matheson, he is a Calgary singer/ songwriter/ producer and all around good dude. This portrait was taken for a project Vanessa Conely and I are working on called the Recon, so consider this a little teaser.

#3

Moeed2

Moeed is the head of Al Jazeera New Media, I shot a couple of pictures of him at the TEDxYYc event in 2012. It truly is amazing what Twitter and Facebook did during the uprisings in the Middle East.

#2

ChristianCampbellChristian Campbell was a surprise this year, met him on set of a film here in Calgary and we talked photography for almost 2 hours, I invited him to my studio and viola.

#1

MillarvilleRace1

No other photo I took this year seemed to get as much attention as this one I took of a gentleman at the Millarville Races. His face tells a story like no other and even though he may look very intense in this photo, after I took it, he gave me a huge smile.

And there it is, the top ten pictures I took last year. Lets hope I take better ones this year!!!!

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New Camera!!!!

A couple of weeks ago I got a new (used) Camera. It is an 8×10 large format camera. Having never used one in my life it was a bit of a challenge to work with, but after some trial and error and some patience from my lady friend Jolene I was able to get a couple of shots! And Voila! My first 2 paper negatives. For those of you who read my blog and are like “Shaun, I don’t know what you mean when you say, Paper Negative.” Well the short explanation is… back in the days of the darkroom, you would print on paper. So you take that paper and you load it into the camera just as you would do with film. The catch is the sensitivity of the paper is like 4ISO, unlike film which typically ranges from 50 to 800. Therefore you have to have a model who can just sit there super still! And thats when you ask your girlfriend to come and pose for you because she owes you! Then you take that paper out of the camera, develop it in some magic chemical mixture and you end up with a negative image.¬†Anyway enough rambling. Pictures!!!!

Jolenepaper1

Jolenepaper2

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Christian Campbell

I picked up a day driving on an independent film called Drawing Home back in June. My job was to drive supporting actor, Christian Campbell from Canmore, Ab to Okotoks, about an hour and a half drive away. We got a talking, and turns out he is a photography enthusiast and also passionate about the craft. I asked him if he would like to come into my studio and sit for a portrait. I didn’t take very many pictures maybe the equivalent of a roll of 35mm film. This is what we got.

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