Over the past several years, photography has allowed me to experience many things that I otherwise might not have been able to. The ability to tell stories with the use of photographs is an often exciting and rewarding experience.
This week, I did something that I’ve been dreaming of doing for a very long time. It plays into my love for maps, geography, flying and aerial photography. This something was an incredibly rare opportunity that I’m truly grateful for. It was something I could not have be more excited about when I received an email that said:
For the past 5 days, I along with 40+ other photographers have been attending what might have been the best 5 day gathering and experience I’ve had the opprotunity to be part of. It became more of a summer camp with early mornings and very late nights, all at a location that was very personal. This barn/campfire combination was not your typical hotel conference room environment. I don’t think I got home any single night earlier than 1am.
When Dave asked me to take part and help demo and present, I was unsure and hesitant not knowing what value I could bring to the table. I got the feeling that several other presenters felt the same way. It can be a difficult thing to run a technical talk with a wide range of experience in the audience. Where is that balance between confusion and boredom?
I truly did not know what to expect with this event but have yet to hear a negative remark. I left feeling the impact and variety of topics we covered hit a home run. Strong emotions were highlighted from many talks about “why we do this” and very little talk about the latest camera models.
Measuring success is difficult but considering this years speakers are wanting to return as participants next year and many of this years participants have already registered for 2016 is an indication of what this now yearly event has already become.
Music under a setting sun with Pete MacDonald.
It feels odd right now waking up and not rushing off to “the barn” on Dave’s property. Land and See 2015 is now a memory and a constant Facebook stream of images I’m having a hard time keeping up with.
2016 registration details will be available in the next day or two and I’ll get the website updated to reflect everything we’ll all be looking forward to in July 2016.
Playing in the waves during Dave’s 2014 PEI Workshop.
I’ve worked with Dave Brosha in the past during the production of his first ebook, we’ve traveled and photographed a bit in Banff together, and last summer during his cross country workshop tour, Dave invited me to attend his PEI stop to see what it was all about. Dave was a distant friend living in Canada’s north.
That all change only a few short weeks after that PEI workshop event when I received an email from Dave claiming he was selling his home in Yellowknife and moving his family to PEI. A task that he accomplished in less than 4 months. In a blink of an eye, Dave was now a neighbour.
But what happens when a photographer moves to PEI, buys a property with a large barn (now studio) and loves hosting workshops? Obviously to invite others over for a week long event to explore, teach and share stories. And that’s exactly what Dave is doing at his new home under the title Land and See. A new annual event for anyone interested in portraiture or landscape photography.
This event promises to be excellent and I’m excited for the speakers that have been invited to attend. I’ll will be one of those attending and leading the group to some great island locations. If you were ever looking for a push to visit PEI or were maybe interested in taking a class on landscape photography, this may be a good time to do so. Stop by landandseephoto.com for complete details and registration information.
Another year comes to an end and it’s hard not to wonder where the time went. It feels like each passing year picks up speed and disappears faster than the previous. All at the same pace my desire to do more increases.
2014 was a year without travel. A first for me in over 10 years. It was a year close to home with a focus on our island’s coastal landscape and celebrations. 2014 was also the year we became first time parents. It has been an amazing roller coaster of a year to learn and adjust.
In common tradition, the following are 20 of my favourite images from the past 12 months.