Gone Pickin’ Shrooms

Posted on 20th February 2016 in adventure, lifestyle, nature

My brother, Bart, has slowly become more and more passionate about naturalism: listening to the land so it can tell us how to survive off it by gathering and harvesting. Perhaps he’s always been this way.. Anyways, he’s been learning about fungii, spends weeks picking berries and climbing through a natural playground. In short, he’s becoming a wild man.

Naturally, I’ve also picked up some of this interest.

Last autumn, him and I made a trip into the Kootneys to look for chanterelle and lobster mushrooms. It was a trip filled with much philosophizing, introspection, and heated debates confusing the realistic with the ideal. We slept in his camper van with socks on, showered by a splash of ice cold lake water, made tea by a propane stove inside his van, and spent all day walking through the forest on the hunt.

The smart way to cut mushrooms is by using a plastic knife: much less painful when you slip and fall on a plastic knife then your razor sharp hunting cadaver. I wore a compass every day. The number of times I thought I knew the direction I was heading, only to confirm with my compass I was nearly heading the wrong way always blows my mind. I blame it on the slope of the land. When you’re walking on a 30-45deg slope around the base of a mountain for a few hours, it’s hard to orient oneself I guess.

Also, there are thousands of fungii types, and I’m learning I’m horrible (or it’s hopeless) at naming them! I know the Lobsters are right..

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Yoga with Leiah Luz at Dharma Yoga

Posted on 5th February 2016 in lifestyle

Leiah Luz and I have worked together a bunch of times now (prev posts), and every single time it’s pure magic. I’m sure I’ve said this before, and I hope to say it again.

Leiah is a pole dance and fitness instructor. I’ve been watching her social media feeds and seeing some of the little videos and photos she’s been posting that are blowing my mind. She can bend herself into asanas that I’ve not ever really witnessed anybody do. She’s also training in the circus and teaching what she’s dubbed Cirque Fit, usually at Dharma Movement Company in Vancouver.

Understanding that I’m consciously trying to focus on lifestyle photographs by capturing people in their element doing what they love and know best, this was a perfect opportunity for me. Reflecting on these photographs it’s really hard for me not to be excited about this direction in my photography.

Everything was shot in natural lighting, with an m42 adapter on my Sony a7 camera for my 58mm Helios 44-2 lens (which made it all a little bit dreamy).

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