Sufey is a Yogi

Posted on 1st October 2016 in lifestyle

Sufey (fb, instagram, previous posts) was the first yogi that I had the opportunity to photograph a few years ago now, and I’m happy to also call her my friend. She was one of the lead instructors at Yoga University, the Yoga Teacher Training that I was invited to photograph and video tape in Maui, and now she continues her path in the yoga world with her own Sufey Yoga, where she teaches and celebrates the world round. Being a friend of Sufey’s will always make me feel lucky. I’ve had the opportunity to see her grow and learn and change and experience the world, which humbles me when looking at it in a timeline, but she always leaves me feeling motivating whenever I get the chance to sit down and have a chat with her.

If you know her, you’ll know that she’ll want to do yoga wherever she is. Walking down the street: ‘Hey, want to do some yoga?’ Midnight in the middle of winter: ‘Anybody want to do some yoga?’ Without a doubt, she’s a yogi.

This was photographed at Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park.

tech specs // sony a7 / Super Takumar 55mm f1.8 / Jupiter 11A 135mm f4

Sufey Chen doing Yoga in Victoria Click here to read more.. »

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Sugarbowl Grizzly Den Provincial Park, British Columbia

Posted on 4th July 2015 in adventure, nature

British Columbia’s slogan is ‘Beautiful BC’. I cannot agree more. I’ve explored BC extensively (see all my blog posts tagged with BC here) and continually find BC blows my mind with beautiful variety. From the rainforests of the West Coast to the temperate desert in the Okanagan, from the Rocky Mountains to the Coastals to one of our lakes or rivers or dense wilderness and forests we’re met with at every corner.

Sugarbowl Grizzly Den Provincial Park (see in Google Maps here) is the worlds only inland rainforest located about 95 km East of Prince George, which makes it 800 km from the West Coast. Thankfully, in 2000 a 24,765 hectare region was declared the Sugarbowl Grizzly Den Provincial Park, thus protecting it from the extensive logging in the region. This park has massive 1000 – 2000 year old growth interior cedar-hemlocks, and as the name would suggest, it’s a habitat for grizzlies and many other furry animals and migratory paths.

I have taken the liberty to share with you a UNBC Research Report on the Ancient Forest (a network of hiking trails within Sugarbowl Grizzly Den Provincial Park officially opened in 2006) (see my previous blog on the Ancient Forest here) studying the community and economic benefits of non-timber uses of this inland rainforest, with hopes that it will hopefully encourage you to fight for more of these parks in our beautiful land. See full report PDF here (original PDF source here).

My hike was a pretty interesting one. I had with me a CouchSurfer from Germany I was hosting, who was really keen on seeing a bear. I of course have grown up with bears all my life and recognize not seeing bears while hiking is most definitely a good thing. As we were driving up to the trailhead, we must have seen about 25 evidences (read: skat) of bear, but on the trail we never actually saw any. However, as we drove out after the hike, I think we counted we saw about 15 black bear (including cubs), and 3 moose (all of which we stopped and watched until the sun set).

On the trail, we never actually got to the top of the hike because the trail basically became unrecognizable and nearly un-passable. I had done some research before we went, and did expect an open pasture near the top that we would become lost in, but with about 1 m of snow covering the ground, and very few trail markers along the way, I decided I didn’t want to get lost, we had been hiking for about 3hrs, and we had eaten most of our food so I made the call to turn around.

This is what we saw.

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Red, White and Blue | August Wiled

Posted on 14th August 2014 in fashion, risque

August Wiled (FB, Twitter, Instagram) and I have been friends for a while, so it was delightful to get together for another creative project and talk and talk and talk (you may remember her from our shoot in the country from back in 2012). Projects like these for me typically occur over several months of planning, shooting ideas off one another, and lots and lots of excitement. It’s magical when it all comes together. Oh, and that striped suit she’s wearing? She sewed that herself.

For this shoot we had planned to do it at an abandoned grandstand but when we arrived at the location (Burnaby Lake) we found that there was some kind of summer camp going on with all sorts of kids and parents bustling about the boats and kayaks and lounging in sun chairs… The quick thinkers we are, we improvised.

Oh, and this has got to be one of the hottest days I’ve ever photographed on. Big up to August for holding it down like the professional she is.

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Balloons & Bubble Gum With Miss Brooke

Posted on 19th August 2013 in fashion

I connected with Miss Brooke on Model Mayhem to work on my summer attitude style I’ve been wanting to explore with sleeveless crop tops and bubblegum badass.

I really enjoyed having such a large prop to use [balloons]. It really added some fun to it. I think I’ll be exploring this in more detail to come. All the photographs were taken in Fort George Park, in Prince George, BC.

2013.08.15 - Brooke MacDonald (21 of 390) Click here to read more.. »

Garibaldi Park, Whistler, BC.

Posted on 22nd July 2012 in adventure, nature

Going through my  old photographs I remembered about this… doozie. The story of this was that I did almost all of the hike shooting in JPG’s…. When I realized this I was very devastated. Thus, the reason it has taken me so long to publish these photographs, as I took them in… Sept 24, 2011.

The hike was actually really cool. There is a loop you can do as you near the top, one way takes you by the base of the Black Tusk trail (a very ominous black peak that stares at you), or the lower trail. All trails eventually lead to Garibaldi Lake (I was still shooting in JPG’s at this time, and can hardly look at these photos).

I started the hike really late, and as I was coming down, it started to get dark. In total, it’s supposed to be a 5 hr hike. The last 30 minutes or so I was in darkness, and I actually passed a couple hiking down as I was going pretty fast. The girl was going really slow and was kind of freaking out. Normally I would have stopped and helped them out if I could have, but I had done the hike fairly quick and was, myself, starting to feel the exhaustion of the hike.

Some of them turned out great though, perhaps I’m being a snob.

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