Events: 2012 Crankworx

Wow, it’s been a long time since I last posted, but in my defense, I’ve been super busy with both business and personal travel; but excitedly I can say that I am now in Whistler to spend several days shooting Crankworx, the largest Mountain Bike event of it’s kind in the world. I arrived late last night and spent too much of the morning just getting myself sorted, there have been some amazing images coming out of the Whip Competition today and I think I am going to find myself challenged to keep up with some of the work being produced.

Early this afternoon I did a course tour with Redbull of the Joy Ride course and I can safely say that to most, it is simply shocking, just wait till you see pics at the end of the week. I did manage to snap a couple frames before the tour and this is my favourite. A sweet little drop over looking the patio at the Garibaldi Lift Co. Can’t wait for more!

Whistler Jump Park

Turning the camera is good advice. Advice that was often heard in the halls and classrooms of the Photojournalism program I completed ten years ago. Wow, ten years. There has been a lot of mileage racked up in that time and a lot of turning of cameras. Perhaps there is no coincidence that within a year of graduating I was shooting 360 degree panoramic images for hospitality and tourism clients, and in traveling the globe for a lot of that work, the world continued to turn under me. Somehow I don’t think my instructors meant their advice so literally. It was also a huge turn from working at a newspaper and though I no longer do that kind of work there are days when I miss both experiences; telling stories and capturing moments to be shared on newsprint and looked at by perhaps hundreds of thousands of readers and producing images capturing elements of style, design and far off places of luxury.

If you’ve been looking at my photos, or have looked through a few of my galleries, you may have already guessed that I have a strong interest in cycling, it goes back to childhood. One of the lessons that wasn’t taught when I was at school was that it wasn’t enough to be interested in photography alone. Photographers need to be interested and curious about the world they live in whether surrounded by family, food, design, heartbreak or even cycling. Start by photographing what you love and what you are passionate about and let the rest unfold. If you don’t like what you see try changing your perspective, try turning your camera. I shot this image in Whistler, BC on a sunny Saturday in May, and to capture this frame I had to take that advice from so many years ago. I turned the camera. In this case I turned it straight up.