"I feel the most true to myself while I'm traveling, experiencing new things on a daily basis."
Tell us about yourself.
I grew up in the Pacific North West in the city of Vancouver, BC. I moved out at the age of 17 just two hours north of the big city to the ski town known as Whistler to work part time in a snowboard shop and to shoot freelance work as much as I can.
When and how did the film journey begin for you?
For as long as I can remember my parents have always been artistic, my mom paints and draws, while my dad is a graphic artist for a living. While I was growing up there was an arts center near my elementary school so when I was about 11 years old and my mom signed me up for a photography class and my dad gave me his old Minolta X-70 with a 50mm lens to use. I will never forget the moment I fell in love with film. It was while I was going through the developing process; dropping the white paper in the developer... slowly recognizing the shapes and patterns of the shot. Yet every time I shoot a roll I discover something new I love about film photography.
What Could we always find in your gear bag?
Lens paper! ( I am such a klutz and get my finger prints all over my lenses.)
What camera makes you click?
I have pretty decent sized collection of film cameras, just over 13? From instamatic to SLR's and from Point and Shoots to medium format. But, my favourite recently has been a Pentax Spotmatic F. The quality, durability (still a klutz) and the complete aesthetic is great.
Who are your models? How do you interact with them before shooting?
I typically ask my friends to model for me, and locals in my small town. I'm a very relaxed person so when I go to shoot with someone its more of us just hanging out, exploring, whether there is a certain shot in mind or not.
What inspires you most?
I look at alternative lifestyles and cultures for inspiration, i feel the most true to myself while I'm traveling, experiencing new things on a daily basis. Pushing my boundaries and meeting new people is what drives my creativity.
Do you have any advice for film photographers out there?
Someone once told me your first 10,000 photos are your worst. So, my advice is carry a camera with you at all times and shoot everything.