Waterscapes

The last week has been a little rough so I decided to cheer myself up by posting what is quickly becoming my favorite thing to shoot: waterscapes! I feel instantly calmer, happier, and more myself when I am on or near the water. I can’t really explain it but I love being near the ocean or on a boat fishing with my dad in the summer.

Some of these are not super great, some were taken on my phone, and some I am pretty happy with.

Film School Work

I wanted to post some of my favorite shots from the projects I worked on while I was studying film production in university. I made the (very hard) decision to quit university but I made a lot of good memories and met quite a few people that I have a lot in common with.

University is just not my jam. There was not a moment in high school where I ever thought that I would not go on to get a degree. But here I am at almost 22 years old and I’m fairly certain that I will remain degree-less. And I’m actually okay with that. University makes sense for a lot of people and a lot of people go on to be successful afterwards but I am just not willing to pay an institution a lot of money that’s not really mine (student loans!) to force me to take several classes that I will be miserable taking and that I won’t ever really need in my actual career. I may sound bitter but I’m just putting out there what’s what for me. And from the research I’ve done, it seems that a film degree doesn’t help you out a whole lot in that industry. There are, of course, pros and cons to everything.

Anyway – no degree for me!

But I did get a chance to do some work that I enjoyed while I was in school so I thought I’d post some of it here.

These two photos were taken on my dad’s old Pentax K1000. We had to use that specific camera and we were given a list of shots that we had to get. The first shot is my landscape. My professor gave me the idea to breathe on the lens to create different effects. It was terribly cold when I shot this so it worked pretty well! I had the camera set up on a tripod, breathed on the lens, and then waited until I felt like enough of the fog had disappeared and took the photo. I’m pretty happy with the effect. The second photo was one that I really wanted to get. My poor friend’s hand froze in the wind but she was a good sport. This was my shallow focus shot. Unfortunately, I got a bit of a sun glare on the tree to the left. Ah well!

These photos were taken in the winter of early 2014. Obviously my photography still needs a lot of work but I’m enjoying experimenting with it! Once warmer, photography-friendly weather comes around I will be enjoying it even more! At the lake!

Hero

My hero passed away on January 2nd six years ago. His name was Matthew Epp. He was 16 when he passed away from cancer. He battled cancer for most of his life and I just knew in my heart of hearts that he was going to beat it. He deserved so much more out of life. But I was wrong. I remember that day like it was yesterday. My mom picked me up from work and as we got closer to home she finally worked up the nerve to tell me that he had passed away. I just glared out the window in silence for the rest of the ride home. When we got home she asked if I wanted to talk and I told her that I just wanted to go downstairs and change out of my work uniform. I managed to change and wash my hands in my ensuite but I didn’t make it past the ensuite door after that. All I really remember is just crumpling on the floor in the doorway. I vaguely remember my mom finding me and lifting me off the floor and guiding me to my bed. My crying was pretty uncontrollable by this point so she guided me out to the couch in our downstairs living room, sat next to me, covered me with a blanket, and let me cry for what felt like hours on end. I cried until I couldn’t anymore but the rage inside me wasn’t going away. Continue reading