Category Archives: Creative process

SPOTS – RIP

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When it comes to skate boarding you cant win them all. Going back for one, two , or more tries to make the trick legitimate isn’t unheard of. The city of Vancouver is ever growing and with that said, spots come and go quite frequently. Some spots stay around for years while others last for just days. You just never know how long they will be around for. Read more

Midnight Missions

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Over the years I have taken part in a few midnight missions, they are not always of the legal nature, but the stoke and memories of pulling something off under the veil of darkness is never easily forgotten. The earliest mission I can remember is liberating some plywood for a jump ramp that we “needed” to have, and the kind lady that shone her headlights so we could skate the wood safely home. Read more

Thanks, skateboarding.

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Like many of us older shreds, I come from an era in skateboarding when it wasn’t “cool” to skate. It was before the mainstream stuck its clutches in— dollar signs etched on its nails—“legitimizing” it in the eyes of overzealous parents as a means to live out their un-achieved dreams and secure their retirements. Before it was on TV and in commercials selling everything from pop to gum to energy drinks. Before “action sports” as a term even existed. Read more

Captive. A fitting final entry to my bneeth contributions

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Over the course of a little over a year I’ve shared some parts of my creative process in photography. In the end I tried out a bunch of different cameras to solve a creative problem and came up with a pretty good solution. But when that story ends, another begins and the search for a different tool takes over. Read more

Never Riding Alone

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A friend sent a link out the other day. Thinking it was just another forgettable YouTube video, I left it unopened in the inbox for a few days. When I finally got around to looking at it—I was floored. I don’t know the kids in the video, I have no idea where they are from, but we all share something intimate: we have both lost friends that are close to us.  Read more

Types of Polaroid films

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I felt an ass grab the other day, it reminded me to write a blog for Bneeth. No going back. The majority of the time we shoot photos with some sort of an idea of what the final image will be, our minds predict the outcome and our eyes see the proof. Job done. Read more

Just one shot.

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The thing about creativity is that it’s not a tangible thing. You can’t go to the store and pick up a quart of creativity every time you need it, and because of this cruel reality there are times when the creative well runs dry.  I suppose that it’s all in the eye of the beholder anyway, I mean, it’s likely that very few people pay close attention to the output of any one artist to the degree that they could sense an ebb in output in the span of a few months. Still, when you’re in the desert, it feels like everyone knows you’re blowing it and that can add to a creative slump. Read more

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

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Skateboarding is funny. Everything is going good, you are locking into the the crook and grinding all the way down. Just a few more and you’ll have it in the bag. No worries. Read more

Transition. Part Four: Finally found what I’m looking for.

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Last time I took you diving, but I still hadn’t found the camera I was looking for. I’d reached the end of the road with what I could accomplish with the Canon G9 and its successors weren’t moving in a direction that I liked. I needed more resolution and flexibility in a small package. Fortunately in the summer of 2009 Panasonic announced the GF1 micro four thirds camera and many of my questions were answered. The GF1 is a mirrorless system, so it’s small, but it has a large sensor so it makes good images. It was bigger than the point and shoot, but the size was worth it. Read more

Shot With The Intention…….

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Way back in 2006 when my Mega Pixels were low and my creativity was even lower I broke some rules. For example, this photo of Mark Appleyard running a Kickflip to fakie is from Arizona back in 2006. This photo is actually a crop of the top quarter of a vertical fisheye shot. Now before you get your photo nerd vests in a bunch, I shot it with the intention of cropping it this way. I noticed while looking for the best angle of Mark’s kickflip, that the fisheye really distorts nicely in the upper corners of a vertical shot.

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