My road to photography has been anything but a straight one. I grew up in Prince Rupert in northwestern British Columbia, spitting distance from the Alaska panhandle. The area has some of the best fishing in the world…but I don't like fish…so I had to leave. After graduating high school I headed to the University of British Columbia where I collected a degree in Marketing, then went on to study design at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.
It was during University that photography switched from a hobby to a passion. It started as a creative antidote to mind numbing classroom lectures on "The Principles of Organizational Behaviour" and "Cost Accounting". It soon turned into an all out obsession. However, it took me a few years to figure out that this is what I wanted to do as a career. While acting as creative director in the IT industry, I wised up to the fact that creating compelling imagery was where my true passion lay.
So I went to photography school and assisted a number of great photographers in order to master the technical side of photography. Now I am one part marketing guy, one part design guy and I guess 8 parts photography guy. I am passionate about photography, and bring an incredible amount of creativity and energy to any and all projects I am involved in.
Interestingly, many of my creative influences come from the cinema. I am fascinated by the challenge of compressing the emotion and energy of movies, and capturing it in that one "decisive moment". Perhaps that is why my work has often been describe as cinematic in nature.
I have now made Vancouver my home and I still don't like fish.