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Tlell Stone Circle Event

June 10, 2017 marked the 15 year anniversary of the creation of the Tlell Stone Circle at Crystal Cabin. I was brought in by organizer April Dutheil to photograph the event and record a guest presentation by Dr. Neil Blacklock, “Haida Gwaii, Islands of Light”: How Haida Gwaii resonates with the Geometry of Light, with special reference to the Gwaii Haanas …

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Hullabaloo 2017

Hullabaloo is a youth festival of spoken word that pits high school poetry teams from across BC in competition. The festival has been going on for 5 years and has been instrumental in supporting and showcasing the next generation of poets in BC. I started as festival photographer back in 2012 and have made it a yearly tradition to come …

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Indigenous Fashion Week

While in Vancouver for a speaking engagement, I was contacted by friend and organizer of Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week Joleen Mitton. She asked me if I was available to shoot a series for this summer’s VIFW, and of course I said yes! While sidelined with an injury, Joleen brought in stylist and model Willow (@mamagrind on Instagram) who did an …

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Phalon in San Francisco

While staying in San Francisco I made an amazing new friend named Phalon who is a makeup artist and all-round fantastic person. One nice evening we decided to go out with my camera for a shoot, no plan or idea, just a fun shoot. We ended up having a wonderful conversation about the impacts of stigma relating to homeless and …

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SKG Saints NO DAPL Video

Erica Ryan-Gagne is a brilliant and strong Haida entrepreneur, mother, and basketball coach in Skidegate, BC. Another big part of Erica is her activism work and recent travels to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline. In November Erica contacted me to shoot a video with her Skidegate JR. Saints in support of water protectors …

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Our World Youth Film Workshop

Our World is a non-profit organization that travels to rural communities across Canada, guiding youth in telling their own stories that celebrate indigenous culture, language, and life through film. I was brought on as a youth mentor by project head Lisa Nielsen to join her in a two-week workshop at Gidgalang Ḵuuyas Naay, the high school in Queen Charlotte. We …

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Haida Gwaii Art Auction

Every year a wonderful art auction is put on as a fundraiser for the Haida Gwaii Museum. Some of the most amazing artists on Haida Gwaii donate their work and the whole community comes together for what is always a classy, fun, and entertaining evening full of performances and socializing.  

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Yolo’s Last Day

After a year of working with me on creative projects, Yolanda (one of my best friends) decided to head off to Oxford England to go do school and stuff. Even though we were sad, we decided to go out onto the Queen Charlotte docks and take a few portraits to commemorate her last day on Haida Gwaii.

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Ḵay Llnagaay 8th Anniversary

Every year the Haida Heritage Centre at Ḵay Llnagaay (Sea Lion Town) celebrates their anniversary by hosting a clan parade, food vendors and events all day; it’s a wonderful time for the family.

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Adventures in Hamburg

While on my tour through Germany I had a few day stop over in Hamburg with a place to myself right behind the infamous Reeperbahn. I cracked open my Couchsurfing app and was so fortunate to meet Sarah, a script supervisor in the German film industry. We ended up hanging out all of my days in Hamburg, and introduced me …

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Lisbon for the Win

My next stop after Paris was Lisbon, Portugal; a last minute decision to spend a week here right before leaving Vancouver. My friend Azalea Moen highly recommended Lisbon as a digital nomad paradise, which I whole-heartedly agree with. I made many new (and wonderfully weird) friends my first day in Lisbon, a couple Aussies, an English, American and a bevy …

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Mexicans in Paris

My first stop upon arriving in Europe was Paris; I was going to stay with good friends April (from Haida Gwaii) and her husband Jorge (from Mexico 🇲🇽 ). Jorge works as a chef and essentially knows every Mexican working in Paris, which meant that every meal was Mexican and every great time was had with Mexicans. I met two of my …

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HGHES Gwaii Haanas Tour 2016

The Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society is a fantastic non-profit organization that brings together 50+ university students from across Canada and the US for location-based experiential learning in fields academic fields relating to the environment. Each semester (which there are currently 2 per year) includes a boat tour down to the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site …

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Jason Camp and the Posers

Over the past year, Haida Gwaii has seen the rise of a never before seen punk scene, headed by the duo of James McGuire and Graham Richard, better known as Jason Camp and the Posers. They were set to headline a show along side fellow ska/punk group Dub Jackson Band at the Queen Charlotte Legion, but at the last minute …