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Urban Landscape/Photo Journalist/Fine Art Photographer

Monthly Archives: December 2010

Meet The People Who Shoot You: Sarah Etoile

Who are you?

Sarah Étoile

Schooled or self-taught?

I’m self taught. Though I was contemplating post secondary school for photography, but school isn’t really for me.

When did you first pick up a camera and the moment you just knew?

I can’t pin point the exact year or age when I picked up a camera, I always just had one. My father always had a slr hanging around the house while I was growing up. But I found out I wanted to do this as a profession around two, maybe three years ago.

What type of photography do you specialize in and why?

I dabble in a lot of genres of photography such as; Music, Fashion, Beauty, Wedding, and Conceptual. I’m at the point where I don’t know where I want to spealise in yet, which doesn’t affect me at all because I just want to keep on shooting.

Favorite lens and why?

Don’t really have a favorite lens, due to the fact I spent all my money on my sweet Hannibal (Yes I named my camera) instead of investing in lenses.

Who are your influences?

And if you had one question to ask them, it would be? I have a lot of influences it’s beyond ridiculous. But if I had to choose two people it would be my father, who’s an amazing artist and his artwork just inspires me whenever I look at it. The other would be director Peter Jackson, I’m a huge nerd and blood/gore fanatic, and his movies just inspire me so much. Especially his earlier work such as Bad Taste, which was his first movie and he did everything on his own. I find that so inspiring and motivating. As for the question, I don’t know what I would ask Peter Jackson. I would be too starstuck to ask him anything. But knowing me I would blurt out “Can you adopt me?!”.

Ideal gig would be:

Going on tour with a band, taking concert photos, candid photos, and band promos. Yes, that would be very ideal.

If there is any advice, whether it be camera or business related, it would be: Just keep shooting, you don’t need the most expensive camera with the all the pretty lenses and flashguns. Just keep shooting.


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Meet the People Who Shoot You: Jonathan Bell

Who are you?

Jonathan Andrew Bell

Schooled or self-taught?

Technically, “self-taught” but I assisted a LOT in Milan, Italy and Toronto, Ontario. I worked with photographers of all levels and I learned something from every one.

When did you first pick up a camera and the moment you just knew?

I really liked using an Olympus Trip 35 that my step mom gave to me along with various disposable cameras before that. It was grade ten or so. Then one Christmas, I got my first fully manual 35mm SLR. I shot three rolls of film Christmas day. At first, I wanted to be a skateboarding photographer. Pretty romantic story, eh?

What type of photography do you specialize in and why?

Fashion. I kinda just fell into shooting it. I like photojournalism a lot but I need to find the right story to pursue. I have an idea. I would like to travel to the arctic and photograph the people there. People and humanity will always always always be my subject. Models or not, I love people.

Favorite lens and why?

Oh man… I don’t know. If I choose one, then the others will get jealous.

Who are your influences? And if you had one question to ask them, it would be ….. ?

Darren McDonald, Hedi Slimane, Jonathan Waiter. How?

Ideal gig would be ….

I’d like to be sent to the north of Canada to photograph and document the people and ways of life there. I’d like to connect Canadians more, make them realize their differences but more so their similarities.

If there is any advice, whether it be camera or business related, it would be ….

Love it or hate it the fact is, photographers don’t stop taking pictures.

*some images NSFW



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Meet the People Who Shoot You: Josh Chislett

Who are you?

When I first moved here to Victoria I convinced people my name was Blake, but it’s actually Josh or Joshua Chislett.

Schooled or self-taught?

Unfortunately I never had the opportunity to be schooled in photography, In highschool I tried desperately to get on the list for the very “exclusive” photography class which seemed to be reserved for the kids who would rather not be. Since then it’s been trial and error, books and exploration.

When did you first pick up a camera and the moment you just knew?

I can recall my first film camera very very vividly. I was about 6 or 7 years old walking into “that fast food restaurant” with my mother, undoubtedly wearing my bright neon 90’s Ninja Turtles gear, I could care less about the food it was the toy in the bag that had me excited. That day I was the proud owner of a rectangular, bright orange, 110 casette camera; I don’t think that camera left my “new kids on the block” fanny pack until they stopped developing 110 in store.
Back then I was simply obsessed with the idea of creating my own pictures with my own camera!, it wasn’t until early highschool when photography finally became a new medium to express my art and ideas. Now thanks to that bright orange camera, photography has become an essential outlet in my life from boarding the garage windows for a darkroom or skipping visa bills for that “must have” piece of equipment.

What type of photography do you specialize in and why?

I find I’m best suited in the studio or outdoors doing portraits, utilizing different forms of lighting and interacting with the subject. I wouldn’t want to say I specialize in one peticular aspect of photography though, but rather, do my best to assimilate each style and make it my own one way or another.

Favorite lens and why?

Yashinon 80mm f 3.5, it’s not going to top anyones list but I’m a sucker when it comes to glass, I could bore you to death about crop factors, focal lengths and coatings but, when it comes to a good lens I look for character before sharpness or auto focus performance; I’ll leave that to my digital kit. The Yashinon has just the right amount of sharpness, bokeh and translates with medium format extremely well.

Who are your influences? And if you had one question to ask them, it would be ….. ?

The biggest influence for photography has always been my brother, we were like any other siblings as kids, always fighting and annoying eachother to no end, but as we grew up and moved on photography as a hobby became our treaty of Versailles. We’ve grown alot closer and have become great friends through our photography. One Iconic indavidual I’d give a kidney meet has always been Henri Cartier-Bresson, coming from a time when photography wasn’t widely regarded as a higher art form it’s simply amazing to see his work now and think “wow, here’s a man that can freeze time and make it look good!”, If i were to ask him only one question it would be this, “take my picture!”.

Ideal gig would be ….

I get excited whenever someone hires me for photo work, it’s brilliant to be given creative control and do what I love. I live for the smile and excitment a client or friend gets when presented with a finished product. My absolute dream gig though? travel photography for national geographic, I love the idea of trail blazing through swamps and jungle, alleys and crowds, covering culture and history in the moment; In this fantasy I also look exactly like Colin Farrell in “triage”.

If there is any advice, whether it be camera or business related, it would be ….

Better gear does certainly not equate better talent, I’ve met many a folk who compose and execute a better photo on their point and shoot than that other guy with the ten thousand dollar kit who takes pictures of ducks in the ditch. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years it’s to take your time and think before and during a shoot. If you stop to think about your composition, lighting and all those funny numbers blinking in the lcd, it saves you from sifting
hundreds of photos for the recycle bin. You’ll have alot more fun in the end.

Albums o’ 2010

In alphabetical order ……

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

Beach House – Teen Dream

Crystal Castles – II

Diamond Rings – Special Affections

Florence and the Machine – Lungs

Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma

Girl Talk – All Day

Gorillaz – Plastic Beach

Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid

Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can

LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening

Local Natives – Gorilla Manor

The National – High Violet

Sufjan Stevens – Age of Adz