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Updates and a Feature

I have been photographing the abandoned within the vast landscape of the albertan prairie, covering thousands of kilometres along lonely gravel roads for close to 10 years. It is the body of work I have the most passion for and I recently updated the photographs in my Abandoned Alberta series.

However what I am really excited about is to share that my Abandoned Alberta series has been featured in the online magazine Edge of Humanity

To see the feature, please go to:
https://edgeofhumanity.com/2016/06/26/forgotten-2/

Respect Your Elders                                                    ©kristofer Schofield 2016

Respect Your Elders                                                    ©kristofer Schofield 2016

I am still here.

It's been one hell of a start to my year, as a result it's been awhile since I've updated anything on here. Actually even touching my camera at all. I did shoot a local Motorsport event in March (Cochrane Winter Rally) which I am still working on my photos from. As well as Rally test day in Kananaskis in May. Again, photos I am still working on. It's been a real struggle to find the motivation to pick up my camera and go. Especially since photography is in a way something I need. Not something I do.

Yesterday was a bit of a treat or an oasis of sorts. A friend of mine was passing through on his way east for a shooting project and invited me to join him shooting for his day in the albertan prairie. It was really nice to pick up my camera again. I am hoping this may be the little push I need to go. Here is a quick sample of what I may have made yesterday. It's a JPEG wifi transfer from my camera to my phone and a quick edit in snapseed (available for both iOS and android for free)

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If you haven't heard of Kevin Boyle or haven't seen his work you should really go take a look. His work is outstanding.

www.kevinboylestudio.com

Ending on a high note

It was really nice to end the week and pretty much the year, on a high note. Stark Magazine included one of my newest photos in their online stream.

It's one I made in one of the handful of ghost towns I visited in southern Saskatchewan over the summer. I have a few more coming from that trip soon.

foregone conclusions

©kristofer schofield 2014

Winter Salon

So I'm pretty excited about this. I found out last week that my three submissions were selected to be included in Winter Salon at the Photohaus Gallery in Vancouver. The opening reception is on Thursday November 27 at 7:30pm. Two of the three photographs were shot in ghost towns in Saskatchewan over the summer. The third was taken close to home (Calgary) in a location I've been eyeing for over a year. Access to this place is difficult and dependant on the weather (Dry Weather Only Road) but was well worth the wait.

If you are in the Vancouver area, please drop by. I am unable to attend the opening, but my work, and the show, will be on until at least December 13th. There will also be photography on display from other great photographers.

masefield

masefield

orkney one

orkney one

swalwell

swalwell

Listen

A few weekends back my wife and I did a short weekend trip to Glacier National Park in Montana to celebrate our 12 year anniversary. Despite it being really windy the whole weekend (35-45kph winds with gusts of 80kph) and not very warm (+13˚C as the high), it was still really nice to be there. With it being early in the season (the going to the sun road was still closed and being dug out) the park was rather empty. Where we were staying, in Saint Mary, we seemed to get off lucky with the rain as it was pouring pretty much everywhere else we went in the park.

With all that rain, wind and cloud came plenty of opportunities for some photography. The past two times we have been there, it was endless cloud free blue skies. Needless to say, I was happy.

There were a few locations that I have been to during prior visits that I would have liked to shoot again, but those areas were under construction and closed. In some ways that was good. It got us to explore other areas of the park that we haven't seen before, like the Two Medicine area. Some of you who know me personally would know I am quite fond of driving (I compete in a regional rally series with a rwd corolla, though that's currently on hold). I was not disappointed; the roads and the landscape that surrounded us were so beautiful.

Other highlights were a great sunset on the first night and sighting a mother grizzly with her three cubs. We ended up being close enough that it was not a good idea for me to get out of the car to grab my camera that was in the trunk. So instead of trying to capture the moment, I just enjoyed it. There was a time when I would have gotten frustrated or disappointed that I didn't get the shot. As I've grown in photography I've come to learn that sometimes it's okay to leave the camera in the bag and just listen, watch and experience. For me it's been a process of slowing down and being deliberate with what I shoot. Another way to look at it is comparing it to a relationship. It's sometimes just better to listen than it is to be the one always talking.