One of the first depictions of gay life in a mainstream magazine was published by Life in 1964. In the half-century since those barely discernible gay men appeared in Life, the interplay between increased visibility and increased social acceptance for members of the queer community has been extensive.
If you told me four years ago that images taken with my smartphone would be featured in art publications, in exhibitions and appreciated by a loyal following across the globe, I'd say that's crazy. Then along came a digital photo platform (Instagram) that said instant expression was OK and that you could learn as you go. Instantly, when you sign you up, you're an artist.
But within communities of passionate wildlife advocates, few topics are as divisive as the perception of wildlife photography. And for good reason. Yes, at times wildlife photography can hurt the subjects we're trying to capture. But seeing bears in the wild is a remarkable experience and positive bear (and wildlife) encounters are critical to creating a culture that appreciates and supports balanced conservation.
We always hear designers and art consultants referencing the word "prints." It makes us wonder what they are suggesting to their clients to go and buy for their newly decorated homes. There is such a wide degree of possible options to which they may be referring. Here's a little definition guide for you so that when you want a print, you know what to ask for at your gallery of choice.
"We Don't Need An Excuse" is not about attacking Maria Kang. It goes well beyond her and focuses on the "No Excuses" movement. It's about realizing that we all walk different paths and have different challenges. We are all worthy and we are all valid. No one needs to give any excuses. I think that's the inspiration I'd like to get on board with.
Selfies, to me, are narcissistic. There's no denying that. But they also show the world who I feel like I really am inside. I am a great selfie taker; I get all my best angles because I know to look for them. The photos I produce are ones I'm proud of. For me, selfies document my journey with my own self-acceptance.
Adams shot several of his photos in what looks like puzzle pieces -- tiny sequential photographs that he pieced together to create a sense of the grandeur and size of nature in the community where his sister and his nephew made their home. One of Adams' photos focuses on totem pole creation, a Native art that is found all over British Columbia.
The Kijiji Finding Yourself in Canada Mosaic is a collaborative art project that allows users to upload photos of the places, people, and experiences in Canada that evoke happiness, serenity and a sense of adventure. It asks people to contribute Canadian images and it captures the essence of the Canadian experience.
I'm honestly blown away at how many people have connected with my video, Everest -- Time Lapse Short Film. My goal was to bring to life the majestic beauty of the Himalayas and draw attention away from the negativity that has surrounded Everest in the past years. I wanted to remind people of the infinite possibility that the tallest mountain on Earth symbolizes in each of us.
Travel photography can offer some of the most inspirational, exciting, and candid shots from the places you visit and the people you meet. If you are like me, one of the largest challenges when travelling is what to take with you. How much can you carry around? How do you protect your gear from theft?
I had the pleasure of speaking with photographer David Jay about his ever-evolving The Scar Project (acronym for "Surviving Cancer Absolute Reality"). David's photographs are striking. Then I got an email from David last fall alerting me about Facebook's decision to ban photographs from The SCAR Project from being posted on the Fan Page.
All of a sudden your Canon 24-70mm lens hood goes flying off the side of the mountain. This is the nature of my job as a high altitude filmmaker. How can you become an adventure filmmaker? I've taken what I've learned over the past eight years and outlined a series of steps for you to take to land your dream job of becoming a globe-trotting adventure filmmaker.
The Toronto skyline has changed dramatically over the last century, and that change is accelerating at a rapid pace. Even more fascinating is photographically (or more correctly through the magic of Photoshop) merging present day views with the archived views to dramatically highlight the changes in cityscape.
We have so much amazing technology available to us in our digital lifestyle but there are still some parts of our lives that deserve to be brought "offline." I still believe that photography is best appreciated and enjoyed only once it is printed, and it's a lost art that we are moving away from. We need to bring it back.