It’s been a hot & sweaty Toronto summer and we can’t wait for the fresh crisp days of fall! A few of our photographers tell us their favourite thing about this seasonal change and share an image or two (or 4!).

 

Vince Noguchi: I love fall! Not sure why though, maybe it’s all the harvest and feeling of abundance. I love the marked change with the leaves turning and the catching a whiff of someone with a fireplace.

I think I like bundling up too – putting on a warm sweater makes me feel cozy.

 

Adrian Armstrong: Baseball playoffs, football is back and the start of the NBA season!!! Also nice to wear something other than shorts and a tee shirt 🙂 (See Adrian’s work for Giants of Africa, profiled in Sharp Magazine, Globe and Mail and here)

 

Hamin Lee: well, Fall is definitely an awesome season because the kids are back in school (yay!), cooler temps prevail, there are no bugs, no humidity, and the colours are so spectacular.

Fun fact: Talk to Hamin about his Harley!

 

Steve Krug: This video says it all…

Jim Norton: One of the things I love most about fall is how things become quiet again. It’s one of the most beautiful times to get out and explore.
Here, fall has arrived and the pools now are empty until next summer….this ‘pool’ is on the northern coast of Brittany (Bretagne) in St.Malo. (To see more of Jim’s travels, see his site)
Jim Norton Fall St Malo

 

Arash Moallemi: Fall is one of my favourite seasons, I love going to markets and farms and gathering the latest harvest.

I’m always pumped to cook, it always feels like fall has an abundance of great ingredients.
Always look forward to Thanksgiving, such a great time with family. (Bucket list, I want tot deep fry a turkey one day)
The colours are beautiful and at time surreal. I like the cooler mornings, I even like the rainy, foggy mornings, there is so much mood and possibility.

BANG 4 was a blast! Thank you to all who made this a great night. To tag your friends, check out the BANG 4 album on Facebook.

 

Propping by Catherine Doherty

Photos by James Kachan

 

Multi-talented Arash Moallemi is combining his love of flying and photography in a brand new AERIAL series, exploring the lines between landscape and the built environment. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Arash is a seasoned sky-diver (certified in ’97!) and has a great deal of experience around planes. Although he comes from a big family of architects and engineers, Arash fell in love with photography in high school and has never looked back since.

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Q: Tell me about aerial photography.

AM: I prefer traditional aerial photography to drone photography. The former provides the ability to shoot with longer lenses which compresses the image, and typically renders a much more flattering image of the subject (i.e a house). It is also far more stable than even the best drones Drones typically use a super wide angle lens, which makes everything we shoot with them look a bit warped, and cropping the image will degrade it. As for the best time of day to shoot, counter to general outdoor photography,  early and late light are not always best as we have to be very aware of long shadows from structures and buildings nearby.

 

Q: There is a perception that traditional aerial is far more expensive – is that true?

AM: That is not necessary the case. I think each shoot should be looked at and the right tool should be selected for it. For drone photography, the first step is to check area for hazards and no-fly zone regulations. There are still a lot of un-knowns and lack of regulation in the drone world, so we really need to iron out details before the flights.

 

Q: What kind of prep do you need for an aerial shoot?

AM: For a traditional aerial shoot, the first important step is to understand the clients ask. Then a site visit is sometimes needed to assess the best angles and times of day. We also form a flight request and our flight provider files a flight plan if needed.

Next we create a “flight detail”, which we use to brief the pilot the day-of. This includes a map of the area, requested flight line, as well as supporting material such as photographs of the location. The more information we provide, the better the pilot can help us do our job.

On the day of, we have a short verbal brief with the pilot, then proceed to safety checks and harnessing all our kit to the aircraft. There is no door, so anything that is not tied down can fall out, including me! Most flights are about an hour depending on the location. During the flight I’m in constant communication with the pilot and monitor the general air traffic dialogue as well.

After the flight there’s a short “de-brief” with the pilot and we’re done!

 

Q: If you weren’t a photographer what do you think you would be doing?

AM: I actually don’t know because I’ve have never done anything else. Through photography I’ve been exposed to all kinds of things and have perqs from all sorts of different jobs. Like getting to be on top of the catwalk set at Roy Thompson Hall because you’re setting up lighting; or being on a multi-million dollar boat as a photographer and guest or fly around in helicopters.

But I think… I love aviation. I’m almost forty and I’m actually debating if I should get my private license.  I have flown planes a bunch of times and I was certified as a sky-diver in ’97 so i’ve had a lot of time around smaller planes like Cessna. It’s the freedom, of being able to go anywhere, any direction you want.

I also madly, madly love food and cooking. The older I get the more important it is to me what we put into our bodies, which is partially why I’m doing this long-term project with Actinolite restaurant. Their values are so aligned with mine that just makes it easier to work with. So I would imagine I would probably be a restauranteur.

But probably pilot first. I would have something to do with flying an airplane.

 

Q: What have you learned in photography?

So much of what I learned in photography was being someone’s assistant who massively screws something up. With certain photographers that I worked for, I learned a lot more of “Don’t do this” versus “Oh this is how you do this.”   If you’re going to be doing something, do it right. Put a valiant effort into it and don’t fail yourself. Otherwise if you only gave it 60% and failed, it’s just such an icky feeling. I think that applies to many other aspects of my life.

Any time when someone younger like knocks me off for a job, it’s great because, this means I just have to be better. I feel like that just allows you to grow as a human being and pushes you forward. I also think it’s incredibly important to embrace when you fall into a rut. Because that’s when you push forward again. That’s the cycle of creativity.

 

Interview first recorded in December 2015

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Mural: “Earth Puffin encourages kids to stay in school” by Birdo
Footage by Arash Moallemi
Video by Alyssa Wodebak
Music by Chimes (Hudson Mohawk)

Toronto muralist Birdo (Instagram @jerryrug) creates vibrant, surreal murals, transforming everyday streets into something a little magical. His signature style has led to gigs across North America, NXNE, Pan Am Games 2015 and this past October, we’re super proud to show off his newest work on our wall at 69 Pelham Ave!

Titled ‘Earth Puffin Encourages Kids to Stay in School’, this mural directly faces at a French elementary school entrance. We think the kids were more excited than we were!

See the BTS of the work above and how it came together.

More on Birdo’s work: http://globalstreetart.com/jerryrugg