The West Coast in Black & White

Vacations; everyone loves a good vacation. I just returned from a week visit to Canada’s west coast, starting with a culinary adventure around Vancouver, and followed by the enjoyment of Victoria’s epic views. For this trip, I decided to kick it old-school: I brought along with me my 35mm Minolta camera and a couple rolls of black & white film. The nice thing about film is the limited shots you get (24 to 36 in each roll). It really makes you think about things you want to take a picture of, versus the things you just want to remember. Instead of having your camera permanently glued to your face the whole time, you usually only take one shot to capture the experience, and you get to live the rest. Now the fun (and unnerving) part is waiting for the prints. Let’s hope they come out! I love flipping through the prints, remembering little details I had forgotten. I’ll share those with you once I get them back, but for the meantime, here’s some black & white inspiration.

photos courtesy centrifugaStuck in Customs

– Gabriela

Red Wine and Cigarettes

I was so very happy when he agreed to have me take his picture. Dating a photographer for almost three years, it seems he understood the game; I just had to be patient. Even with his negative feelings towards sitting for a portrait, I have absolutely always loved photographing him. He has such a photogenic face, the likes of James Dean and Buddy Holly; the light seems to effortlessly bounce off his skin. I hope I get to continue this series, but for now, I hope you enjoy this small selection.

vince cigarette   the face 

Maybe I’ll go to Amsterdam, or maybe I’ll go to Rome

Falling asleep on the train to Cinque Terre, accompanied by Joni Mitchell was one of the best sleeps I had on my trip. You would think that having to keep an eye on my backpack and trying to get comfortable while my neighbour squishes me to the window would keep me from dozing off, but it seems I was more tired than I thought. Bunk beds and trains started to feel more pleasant as the time went by, and the only complaint I had about sleeping on the train was missing the views! You can see the rest of my travel shots on my website. Enjoy!