Halifax Street Photography

This is part one in a two part series where I talk a bit about how the place that you take street photographs effects the photographs themselves. First off Halifax. Street photography was born in the fashionable cities of Paris and New York so it's only natural that most of its practitioners photograph in large cities themselves.

Shooting Street Photographs in Halifax

Halifax may not be as big as the two previously mentioned cities but it is dense enough to provide new stimulation around every block. You can find just about anything you need in downtown Halifax. There are people everywhere so that's your best bet for creating a great street photograph. Joel Maeyerowitz once said that approaching a city street is like going into the sea and approaching a wave of life. Nowhere is this more true in Halifax than the waterfront in the summer. It's tourist central, there's great views of everywhere, and being around water is one of the most meditative feelings of all. The Halifax waterfront has got to be my favorite place in Nova-Scotia.

Street Photographs Document Change

Halifax is a very interesting place for street photographers because it's currently in a state of rapid change. There's so much construction and new developments coming up that we're on the eve of something new, something different. In ten years Halifax will have a new face, a new style, a new flavor. I think this change will be one of the most interesting things to look back upon in thirty years time. To see not only how the city looked but the people as well. This is what I feel to be on of the most fascinating things about great street photographs.

Why I love photography.

Hello friend, today I want to talk about some of the reasons that I love photography, and all forms of creativity for that matter.

Photography gives me a goal to work towards

I love photography and writing because I enjoy looking toward the final product. The final piece that I can hold in my hands is the greatest reward. Like a carpenter seeing the walls of a house come up it feels good to see the fruits of your labor. When the image that you knew from the moment you pressed the shutter exactly what it was going to look like, and then making it a reality is an ecstatic revelation. It’s a reminder that we have some control over the world. Even if it’s only photons recorded onto a wafer, edited on a computer chip and printed onto some wood fibers, it’s still magical to be able to see your ability to manipulate the world into a final photograph.

Photography allows me to push myself

Photography gives me a reason to fight against myself. That may be hard to understand but hear me out for a minute. When I was growing up I was very much into skateboarding (still am) and skateboarding is like playing a boxing match with yourself (and the concrete). You fight against yourself and your physical limitations in order to become stronger, better, faster, etc. Photography is similar to me except there’s very little physical aspects to it, all the effort is put into the creative process. I’m always fighting against my own cynicism and ennui in order to see and manipulate the world so that I can show the fraction of a second where beauty still exists. I’m exercising my mind in order to happier, I’m pushing the limits of what I feel is the subject matter that can make up a good photograph. It’s a psychic expanding of the mind to be even more appreciative of the world around me.

Creativity allows me to be a kid again

I love all kinds of creation. Creating allow me to put my thoughts into something physical and more often than not it’s the silly, childish ones that are the best. The photographs that are about whatever it is that I find beautiful in the world. Or the pieces of writing that are simply about whatever makes me happy at that point in time. All forms of creativity go back to being a kid and playing in a wide open field, expressing yourself by simply doing whatever your heart tells you to do. I want to bring to life my inner child and remind myself what’s important about being alive in the short time we have on this earth.

What I’ve learned in 2017

Hello everyone! The new year is almost here and I wanted to take this time to reflect on all of the things that made 2017 great. The new year is a time to spend with family and friends, a time to be grateful for what we have, and a time to look forward about how we can make 2018 even better. I want to thank Tom Cochrane and Frank Hallahan for letting me interview them  (Frank’s interview will be posted soon!), it was an experience that was extremely beneficial to me and I’m grateful to have been given the opportunity to learn from their experiences and share their ideas on art and life.

I’ve started shooting in color

-For the past year and a half I’ve shot primarily in black and white. 2017 has been the first spark of color in my photography. I have a few images that simply needed to be presented in color. I still consider myself a black and white photographer, I’m terrible with color, but that might change in the future.

I’ve started this blog

-It’s hard to explain just how influential starting this blog has been to my life. It’s added structure to my life. This has in turn made me start to post more on social media and I’ve started writing recreationally. I write just to put my thoughts onto paper (or bits), I write because I love it, and I write because I want to share my ideas. Writing my thoughts down has forced me to think, it’s forced me to question how I really feel about a particular topic or idea. This extra creative outlet has made me extremely happy.

I moved to Newfoundland

-okay technically that was in 2016 but for the sake of this blog post we can say that I spent the entire year in Newfoundland. This has given me immense appreciation for what I had in Halifax and it’s given me (pardon the pun) a newfound appreciation for life in small towns. Corner Brook has my family. I’ve learned so much about them that I never would of learned if I hadn’t moved here. I’m glad I got to spend time with my pop before he passed away (insert link).

Thank you.

Thank you to everyone that reads this blog. I hope you had an amazing 2017 and may the new year bring you even more happiness.