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Ryan Broesky

How long have you been photographing?

“For about 10 years but I’ve really taken it seriously as a career in the last 5.”

What inspired you to get into photography?

“Without a doubt traveling. My first time spent in Europe. There was so much to see and so many things that I wished my family and friends could see with me, I had to take pictures to show them. Many many pictures lol.”

Describe your photography in three words.

“Composition, clean, stories”

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Ed Araquel

How long have you been photographing?

“Since 1999″

What inspired you to get into photography?

“Sante D’Orazio’s book, “A Private View”, opened my eyes to what might be possible as a professional photographer.”

Describe your photography in three words.

“No real category”

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David Niddrie

How long have you been photographing?

“I have been photographing since I was a young lad, but more seriously since 2000 when I graduated from the Photojournalism program at SAIT in Calgary. Since then I’ve made my photography passion into my career. I have albums of photos from my youth, all taken with my boxy little Kodak, including Expo86, camping on the Island, Stampede parades and all that.”

What inspired you to get into photography?

“My grandfather tirelessly documented all aspects of his life with the family, their travels, city and home life. He had an amazing collection of Super8 films and album after album of photography. My parents also took a lot of photos while growing up – they had a Pentax Spotmatic they used to shoot with, until I got my hands on it in my early 20s! Seemed natural as I was constantly surrounded by photos…a trip to the lab on Lonsdale was often a highlight of visits with my grandparents.”

Describe your photography in three words.

“Bold. Abstract. Reality. Sometimes all three at once, sometimes just one or another.”

What is your favorite lens?

“I use a 17-40mm f4L as my standard…love the wide angle with a full frame.”

What is your favorite camera?

“Tough call! I use my Canon 5dmkII for most of my work, but I get a lot of pleasure using my Konica Hexar for film projects. And that old Pentax I spoke of is still in my bag – mainly for infrared and other experimental film techniques. It really depends on the situation and the look I am going for.”

Where do you get your inspiration from?

“Artistically, I’m inspired by the wilderness – both my impression of it and the distinct patterns & relationships found within. I try to find similar feelings in the urban settings I spend so much time in. Music is a huge inspiration for my work, especially in post production – I take pieces of songs, lyrics and try to translate these atmospherics into the picture. Personally, a lot of my friends create, so I get a lot out of those close relationships and collaborations. And it wouldn’t be near as fun without the unwavering support from my partner Sandra who always lights a creative fire and accompanies my into the woods, dark alleys, etc…”

Could you describe the process or idea behind your favorite picture that was in one of our shows?(above)

“A photo from my urban series, “Puddle Dynamics”, was featured in the 2010 Winter Salon. This is the kind of work I really love to shoot in the city – deep contrast, lots of saturation, ambiguity of scale and a hefty dose of surrealism. I love making a mundane scene into something unexpected and blurring the lines between reality and abstract expression. If people are questioning what the photo is and how it was done, I’m happy.”

www.davidniddrie.com

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Keith Loh

How long have you been photographing?

“Eight years not counting a long time off when I was only creating on computer.”

What inspired you to get into photography?

“Although I began with film as a teenager the rise of capable digital cameras convinced me to get back into shooting stills. Now I am working ‘backwards’ by studying masters from all the different ages of photography from relatively recent people like Nan Goldin and Ed Burtynsky to Brassai. The technology for me has made it more accessibly to achieve almost anything in creative imagery.”

Describe your photography in three words.

“Created, Sculpted, Space”

What is your favorite lens?

“Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2.4 on cropped frame camera.”

What is your favorite camera?

“Mamiya 645 Pro TL.”

Where do you get your inspiration from?

“Films with distinctive imagery and reading now magazines and books from art history.”

Could you describe the process or idea behind your favorite picture that was in one of our shows?(above)

“As with many things I became interested in a technical challenge first and then sough a creative application later. I read about projecting images through cookies (cuculoris) and created what I called a Cookie Gun combining a slide or transparency with image pressed against a speedlight flash. In front of the flash I fastened a zoom lens. The lens focuses the image while the flash provides the brief pulse of light. I projected a series of images of spiritual meaning in this photo shoot and in this one image I used what is called the Hand of Fatima or Hamsa, a symbol used in many cultures to protect against evil, particularly for women. ”

www.keithloh.com

Melanie Jane

How long have you been photographing?

“Since the age of 10 when I got my first camera (a Kodak) under the Christmas tree.  My dad was a hobbyist photographer and I found his fancy Canon camera and gear fascinating and mysterious.”

What inspired you to get into photography?

“Fashion photography in the early ’90s in the pages of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, works by Patrick Demarchelier and Peter Lindberg really stood out to me at that time and inspired my imagination.”

Describe your photography in three words.

“Bright, stylized, detailed”

What is your favorite lens?

“Canon L-series 70-200mm.”

What is your favorite camera?

“So far the Canon 5D Mark II.”

Where do you get your inspiration from?

“1930s through 1960s pin-up art, other fashion photographers, my friends who are artists, my subjects, film, music, the world around me.”

Could you describe the process or idea behind your favorite picture that was in one of our shows?(above)

“This piece is called “some kind of mushroom”.  It was originally created for an art show in June 2010, which was a group art show with a Wonderland and Fairy Tale theme.  I created a series of three characters for it which all inhabited the woods.  This one shows a dark Alice.  I worked with Madi Hamilton, a young model I had photographed before who I knew would be perfect in the role.  I scouted out a spot in the Endowment Lands for the shoot and shot on a drizzly gray day in late May; I created the costume with a couple of dresses found at Value Village, a gorgeous crinoline provided by The House Gallery Boutique, and some help from styling assistant Stephanie Fortin.  As an artist, I find nothing more satisfying than bringing an idea from my mind to life!  Kat Sainsbury provided makeup and hair and at my request drew veins on the model and gave her very tangled, matted hair; I gave her one very inhuman eye in post.  I wanted to make each of the characters recognizable, but a twisted version of the classic character.  I added the mushrooms in post, and this wonderful dead tree stump with a hollow underneath where she sat made her seem disproportionately small next to the tree, which worked perfectly.  I wanted it to feel like she had been spat out from Wonderland…  There is actually a very large tarp strategically positioned underneath her to protect the crinoline and keep her dry.  This shot was captured with the Canon 5D Mark II, available light and a couple of strobes.  The title of the piece comes from the famous Jefferson Airplane song (White Rabbit).”

www.sugarcreative.ca

Melanie  is also a “Young Blood Winner” in Aplied Arts Magazine.

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