Photos of my second visit to Bountiful, spending time with some of the women who live there.
The Binners' Project organized a Coffee Cup Revolution, arranging for people to be able to exchange used coffee cups for 5 cents. This effort diverted 48,500 coffee cups from the landfill yesterday, which will be recycled, and it also provided some income to low income people in our community.
If you're interested in helping binners, buy a binners hook, or donate on their website.
I hope you enjoy these phtoos I took of the event!
We left the house at 5am, stopping in Hope, about an hour and a half outside of Vancouver for breakfast and coffee. On our way back to the highway we, of course, stopped to take requisite photos of ourselves in the Rambo face cut out thing.
We were dropped off in the middle of nowhere, aka Arlington Lakes, and it was raining. We holed up, bikes packed and ready to go, and decided to wait it out under a very small sign awning until 2pm. At two it was raining harder, so we pressed onwards! I took it as a good sign that not even two mins into our ride we came across a handful of cows munching on grass on the trail.
My camera, usually in my basket, was tucked away in a waterproof pannier, but when we came across this bizare and ominous skeleton I obviously had to take a photo.
It rained and rained until about the time we arrived at our first camp destination, Hydraulic Lake, where we eagerly dumped a precooked meal into a pot and devoured it. I was soaked through, but changed and spent the rest of the night drying my wet clothes by the fire. In the morning we woke to this:
We pressed on, excited and dry, despite the fact that it had poured all night. The trail was rough. Really bumpy and quite wet but it was so fun to pedal along. I couldn't wipe the smile off of my face. Mostly covered by trees, we occasionally came across an opening and views of Kelowna, where we would stop to eat a handful of wine gums and take it all in.
Most of the area had been badly attacked by forest fires so the scenery alternated between lush greens, yellows, oranges, and black or brown patches and remaining trunks.
A very exciting part of the trail was the Myra Canyon, where you ride through tunnels and over trestle bridges for several kilometers.
We saw a handful of wildlife (other than the cows, obviously!). Many many chipmunks, female and male grouse (interupted them mating, actually!), a pika, beautiful colourful birds of which we don't know the name, and squirrels.
The ground continued to be rough and wet, just in a different way.
We rode past a bull that was making very distressing sounds.
After riding 50k on the second day we arrived at Chute Lake! There is a radical old lodge here that you can stay at, or there is free camping. We opted for free, but went in to the lodge to have a couple beers and some french fries. This place is like Twin Peaks and I had pretty much died and gone to heaven.
Onwards! Towards Adra and through the Rock Ovens Regional Park.
And then we rolled into Penticton. And I mean it when I say rolled. This part of the trip is a slight downhill and for 45km we hardly had to pedal at all. Once you hit Penticton the trail becomes smooth and you can glide through the vinyards. It's like being in Italy and we were blown away by how beautiful the views were.
Lots of jumps and lots of pain face. Oh, and a donkey.
Headed to Mt. Washington to photograph my first CX race of the season. A bit wet, but lots of fun. Some great suffer on the main downhill portion that had racers fumbling for a bit.
Everyone needs a great portrait of themselves to use for work, for fun, or to give to Mom. I'm doing a special this April to help you kick off your Spring. If you love my style, which has less of a headshot feel and is more portrait-like, and you want something that will show off your personality and not feel forced, I think you will love this.
6 spots available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
My regular fee is between $325-$675 for a shoot like this one: http://jackiedives.com/blog/
My regular 1 location, 6 images shoot it's $250.
So, I'm going to do a combo, and give y'all a great deal. In the style of the one below (Main Street, 1-2 funky backgrounds) I'll include 8 images and only charge $200 per person. The shoot will be about 20 mins long.
Additional photos will be available for $25 each.
Carol from New York. Actor.
Mohamed Fahmy. Journalist.
Dan Mangan. Musician. Activist.
Dan. Partner in Crime.
Michael. Activist.Sarah Berman. Journalist.
Kurt and Tyson. Filmmakers.
John Lehmann. Photojournalist.
Michael Yahgulanaas. Artist.
Caitlyn. Feminist. Friend.
Jace. Kid that makes me smile. Professional pickle eater.
This year has been an incredible photography year for me. I had no idea where to begin to collect a "best of" so I decided to focus on portraits, and specifically ones that have inspired me to keep on keeping on. I've been ridiculously lucky to capture such a wide range of oddballs and artists, other photographers and journalists, the young and the young at heart, feminists, activists, and more.
What I ended up photographing in New York was umbrellas. People holding hands. And the fast fleeting nano moments around me. This is how I saw New York.
I had the luck of being in New York on June 26th, 2015 when this anti drug war rally happened at the UN. A part of the Global Day of Action, it was a small but passionate group of people donning Nixon masks and hand made signs. Organized by Support Don't Punish and the Harm Reduction Coalition.
Fore more information click on any of the above links.
When I'm not taking family portaits I do a lot of work with Pivot Legal Society. This is a photo of one of the members of Drug War Survivors, the group of mostly homeless people in Abbotsford who have taken the city all the way to the Supreme Court of BC. This man is holding a handful of letters he sent to Canadian MPs, inviting them to talk about the issues of harm reduction, homelessness, and the bylaws that directly affect people living outside.
A few weeks ago I caught the end of a Bill C-51 protest happening near where I live. It had blocked off traffic in a major intersection of Vancouver, and I couldn't help but swell with pride as I walked around and took these photos. Bill C-51 is scary, and we should be worried.
I spent another day taking portraits for Megaphone's Voices of the Street issue. I am incredibly excited to see the finished book. This has been such a wonderful experience and I feel so lucky to have had the chance to get to know these writers, as well as some of the Megaphone staff and volunteers.
Sometimes my work challenges me in ways I would never have imagined. I am not a rat person. Cat person, dog person, people person. NOT a rat person. But I did it! And I think these photos rock. More Voices of the Street photos to come!
More lovely souls from Voices of the Street 2015.
Working with the Megaphone vendors and Voices of the Street authors has been such a joy. Everyone has been open and willing to let me photograph them. They have shared incredible stories with me, and made me feel so lucky to be part of this project.
More portraits for Megaphone's upcoming April issue. This is Jim Ryder, a Voices of the Street author.
I've been doing a bit of photography for Megaphone, a magazine sold on the streets of Vancouver and Victoria by homeless and low-income vendors. Vendors buy the magazine for 75 cents and sell it for $2, keeping the profit and earning a sense of pride and dignity.
These are photos of Fred, who will be having some of his writing published in the April issue of Megaphone, as well as in the yearly literary book that they publish, Voices of the Street. These photos were taken in Fred's home, as he shared his story with me and my VOTS partner , Jenn, who will be writing interviews about the authors.
Fred writes about his heroin addiction, his time in prison for armed robbery, and his dedication to helping others.