Tell me exactly how it feels to turn the page of an issue of National Geographic. Now what about the dry leaves of a your city newspaper which make sounds reminiscent of fingers on a chalk board. Maybe kids a couple decades from now may talk about the texture of the surface of their first ipad or tablet, but for kids like me who grew up -at the end- of the analog era many different publications hold specific memories of texture, smell (old book store anyone) and character. Maybe we’re in a relatively sterile era of digital media which neglect some of the senses, but for now I am nostalgic about the little pleasures of the analog world.
This roundabout introduction brings me to one thing. Glossy colour pages, those big vibrant pearly white pages from where colour leaps off the page. Neglecting the geeky side of my brain which drifts to technical aspects of colour gamut and dynamic range, I can’t help but love to see images on a big, glossy, page of luminous beauty.
And, well, just this month I got to see two of my shots in Decline Magazine’s big, fat, glossy, sexy, colour-that-punches-you-in-the-face pages. Goodness, I love it.
The shot above is a self portrait from a great evening riding Sideshow Bob in Calgary. A sickeningly fun trail which dips bobs and curves around the chalky ridges of the river valley. Below is an image of Daniel Norton on Bear Cub in Whistler which is also July’s free wallpaper.
ESPN Freeski picked up the story of my team’s win at the first Banff Photographer Shootout in January. Click on the image below to see 10 images from the contest. Including park, urban, pow, and big mountain ski photography.
“Autumn is the most fleeting of the seasons but also one of the most rewarding to photograph. Reuben Krabbe shares his 1/400th of a second views of autumn.”
Singletrack magazine’s November issue features six of my Images from shoots I did with Kurt De Freitas this autumn.
Funny little anectode from shooting: Half of the shots were done out on some multipurpose trails out near the town of Waiparous. I previously scouted the trails and knew I had to come back to shoot them when the colours started to turn. When Kurt and I got out on the trails we found them in less than stellar condition; the previously buff singletrack now was rougher than bad cobblestone. September rains had softened the trails, and horse riders rode the trails in less than optimal conditions. The hoof prints dried into rock hard rough patches making the riding incredibly difficult.
Thanks to Kurt for the riding in all the shots, and for making riding rough trails look beautiful.
Whats on your bucket list?
No, not the olympic medalist, sky diving, everest climbing list. I’m talking about your ‘Big Goals in Photography’ list. You are on your death bed, what photography related objectives must have achieved by this time to die without regrets?
Having a photo bucket is more than ego strokes and bar stories.
The list keeps you on a focussed path towards milestones in your personal, artistic and business goals. Without an idea of where you want to go, how do you know if you are getting there?
As artists we don’t often have the milestones set up for us with massive group celebrating, we don’t have a university commencement ceremony and wear funny hats, we don’t have ribbon cutting on a new development. Having a list helps recognize your achievements on our paths in life.
Success; what do we define it by? A bucket list is a great way to track successes. If you mark success at a specific point, will you have the same drive to continue working? If success is single destination, you are finished once you arrive there. With a list you continually track your progress, growth and achievements, without coming to a definitive end to your learning.
‘Get a picture of me/taken by me, into a magazine’
I made this goal before I was really interested in photography, however its now one of the lines on my photography bucket list. On July 21st 2010, I crossed it off. The image is in Bike Magazine’s 2010 Photo Annual. Although I partially completed this goal earlier (photo taken by me) it wasn’t fully completed until today.
A sample of my list;
-Photoshoot from a Heli
-Photo of me or taken by me, in a magazine. July 21 2010
-National Geographic (pretty sure that one is on every photographer’s list)
-A whole bunch of specific photographs (but those are secret till i get those shots)
I hope you start your own list if you haven’t already. And share with others when you’ve crossed one off. Share with your friends, -photographers or not- and celebrate the milestones, and successes. To share with this photo community, share on this blog, or, I’ve created A Flickr Group which you can join, and when you scratch one off your list share the moment with us!