Casey 3 Photo

Urban Landscape/Photo Journalist/Fine Art Photographer

Category Archives: photo essay

The Fall Image


Schwartz Bay Photo Mission 2010


I’m not an expert when it comes to iPhone applications. If anything, I think the use of instamatic or any other ‘vintage’ camera application is a tad overrated and abused. For one thing, to me it doesn’t look authentic, especially photos taken in minimal lighting because the digital noise is so obvious and it takes away from the look of the photo. I personally, do not have an iPhone — just an LG flip phone, which in my mind and opinion takes great photos — although the shutter is fussy. My sister on the other hand has an iPhone and downloaded an app that uses 4 different cameras and film stock, so I set aside my assumptions and ran around the house taking photos of anything and everything and I have to admit, I loved it! Now, I’m no Jeremy Cowart (check out his photos from Haiti that he took on his iPhone here). This is just a little fun I was having and I do intend to try and master this new approach ­čÖé

Night Photography

Last night while I was out for a stroll, I took some photos using a high ISO and a very low shutter speed — mainly because I was handheld. Tonight I went out for another walk but this time I brought along a tripod and attempted some long exposure urban photos around my neighborhood. I’m not the first and only photographer to do this, in fact I was inspired by Oakland based photographer Todd Hido who specializes in some amazing night photography. He uses a Pentax 6×7 and shoots using Kodak Portra 400NC and his exposures usually range anywhere from 4 to 10 minutes! (I e-mailed him a couple of years ago inquiring). I was armed with a Nikon D1X, shooting digital and my exposures lasted 30 seconds.

Winter Stroll

Sheds at Night

The title pretty much says it all. I’ve been testing my skills with long exposures. Most of these are 30 second exposures ranging anywhere between f/5.6 and f/16.

Night Photos –>

Since I’ve been living back in Williams Lake, I’ve found a new hobby/interest/project —┬ádocumenting┬áthe city itself. It started with just practicing composition and just trying to be creative because I don’t really know of anyone to photograph. This is certainly going to be ongoing and I’m definitely inspired by other photographers who turn their cameras to their own backyards and capture how they see it. Tonight I wanted to do some night shooting and took my Nikon D1X and a tri-pod (not the sturdiest) and ventured around my neighborhood. I’m pretty happy with the results.

Single Cell

War Photographer

Trailer and clip from an amazing documentary.

Photo Essay

It’s just days away and the excitement and reality is beginning to seep in. This weekend I am scheduled to meet with the kind folks at the Williams Lake First Nations Band to discuss the photo essay project that I’ve been wanting to do for years — and I mean years! This project or idea, started almost 13 years ago in the basement of my parents house in Williams Lake while I was in my senior year of High School and I had just sketched a portrait of an older First Nations woman that I knew. It was an idea for a documentary, but I knew in the back of my mind that I was not ready for the┬áresponsibility or emotions that it would involve, so I simply shelfed it.┬áThe said documentary was going to focus on the Elders of the Alkali Native Reserve about 45 kms outside of Williams Lake. According to a good friend of mine, who is from a local Native Reserve himself, these are the last living people who once were part of a traditional First Nation lifestyle before they were assimilated onto Reservations and their children forced into Residential Schools, torn of their names, language and┬ádignity. This is not a simple job and something I don’t want to do simply for the sake of doing — in other words, anything else is exploitation. My intention lies in my curiosity towards these people, what they believe in, what they’ve experienced, their words, thoughts, activities, families — since then the project has come back to me with full force and it’s evolved, no longer being a documentary, but rather a photo essay. I am unsure of the length of time dedicated, but I want to put 110% of myself into this and see it through. More ideas for the project are coming to mind, but those will be dealt with at a more appropriate time. The reserve that I will be focusing on will be a small community 15 kms outside of Williams Lake, Sugar Cane. I do hope this task will allow me to go further, maybe across Central BC, maybe all of BC — western Canada? I’m not sure. The thing is to take this one step at a time. Build trust. Get to know the people I will be photographing. Last year I had the┬áprivilege of sitting in on a presentation and lecture by acclaimed Canadian photographer Donald Weber of the VII Photo Agency. Weber has taken a fascination with the people of Russia, Ukraine, Georgia and many other regions in that part of the world. He’s spent several weeks, even months in Chernobyl. He said something very profound — sometimes it would be days┬áor even weeks before he would snap a picture. He wanted that trust. That’s what I am setting out to attain more than anything. More than a photo, more than an essay, more than a story. I want my photos to be true.