I’ve never walked on a frozen body of water of this size before. We were in Quebec over the holidays and managed to slip away from the city for a couple days to a cottage on the Missisqui Bay located on border of Quebec & Vermont. We wanted to check out the frozen bay and went for a quick walk that turned into a whiteout adventure within 5 minutes. Luckily we ended up timing our walk right around golden hour which wasn’t really visible due to the overcast weather. Within a few minutes the whole bay was engulfed with snow and wind. The overcast skies eventually shifted into this stunning warm peach cotton candy colours cascading over the snowy tundra which made for an incredible backdrop for photos. We eventually found our way back and warmed up at the cottage surrounding a blazing fireplace for dinner.
I've started to get back into shooting personal work on 35mm film. It's given me a renewed passion and enthusiasm in the medium that I really don't think was there when I was growing up and it feels amazing. I could go on for hours about the reasons why I think every photographer should shoot even a small bit of work on film but i'll save you the reading. I felt that I should try and share as much as I can on my blog of snapshots of memories spanning across 2017 and 2018. I used lots of different types of film stocks such as Kodak Ultramax 400, Kodak Portra 400, Kodak T-Max 400, Kodak Gold 200. I've become obsessed with documenting everything I do on film, I want to be able to look back 30 years from now and have hard physical copies of photos that stood the test of time and didn't disappear after potential unfortunate hard drive failures. Film gives you something digital can never replicate and thats nostalgia mechanically captured on millions of light-sensitive silver halide crystals within the film emulsion.
So ya... HUGE FAN!
When my girlfriend decided that she wanted to make a holiday winter wreath, I knew a great place that neither of us had been to during the winter time. We're both usually allergic to super cold weather but decided we needed to suck it up and get some air into our lungs. We ventured out to Robinson's Island, a small island attached to the Brackley Provincial Park on the North Shore of PEI. Robinson's Island Trail System, also known as R.I.T.S is a 5km multi-purpose pedestrian and bike trail system that once housed a family campground. When I was in college for Photography at Holland College, we would always go there for a class photo excursion field trip at the start of each school year, so I was slightly familiar with the area but still rusty. I remembered that there I'd always see this ghostly dilapidated building planted in the middle of the woods that once housed a tiny theatre that one could only assume was operating during the days of the family camp ground. We didn't get to see this building sadly enough, I think it may of fallen for good over the years. Vanessa and I, along with our favourite little golden doodle Hazel went for a nice stroll through the island. Vanessa found some really great leaves, twigs, berries and branches all of which were already fallen to make sure not to disturb the healthy and living trees, and bushes around. We had some great views, some smokey joints (medical) and snapped a few shots throughout the whole venture. If you didn't know already, PEI has some incredible winter trails and scenery that often gets looked past because of the cold weather. Don't miss out!