Film Photo Gallery

Hello friends! It’s been a long while without posting, but here I am and with great news!

Lately I have been working on film photography, and the entire process took me a little bit away from digital media but not at all; trip plans changed at last minute but good things came from all these.

Recently, I created a little space on Instagram to share my film photography, it’s just a taste of the main gallery that will come soon to this web. I will also upload some  info- video about developing in the darkroom and pinhole cameras.

So far please visit the new Gabbi’s Darkroom:

https://www.instagram.com/gabbisdarkroom/

Canada Day July 2017
35mm Ilford DELTA 100
Canada Day July 2017

Everything​ about what the trees taught me

These photographs were taken in different locations in the Beautiful British Columbia. Of course, there were lots of long hikes, but all of them worth the trip. For a year and a half, I have been shooting to the tree’s bark texture of the most impressive and striking trees and this is the result.

Estas fotografías fueron tomadas en diferentes lugares de la Hermosa Columbia Británica; donde simplemente he empezado a adorar cada pequeño detalle de los árboles, -claro, tuvieron que haber muchas caminatas de por medio, pero toda y cada una valieron la pena- durante un año y medio he estado fotografiando la textura de la corteza de los árboles más impresionantes y llamativos de mis recorridos y este es el resultado. Y como diría la Negra…”ésta es mi corteza, donde el hacha golpeará, donde el río secará para callar…”

Finding Inspiration

The last project from 2017 was a photo shoot to a set of drawings from different alive sessions made by architect Fern Marriot.

I photographed and printed them in a smaller format as the real drawings are. Looking at them was a beautiful journey into the lines,  I had a great time while taking the photographs, also when I was setting up tones for printing. With every image that came out from the printer I had to compared it with the real version, and I just started to pay attention to every small detail, every line, every tone, it was like I was recreating those movements in my head, but not the models’ movements, more like seeing the drawings alive.

After I finished the project with Fern I wanted so bad to go back to drawing. I have to confess that I am not good at drawing, anyways I started to draw my own sketches, and even I enjoyed making them there was a little bit of frustration about not getting what I had in my head.

A few weeks later and maybe after overthinking it, I found myself going again to drawing sessions, but still, I couldn’t feel satisfied with the product.

One day I took my dog for a long walk, it was just both of us walking into the forest, a soft wind started to blow, some birds flew from one tall tree to another one. As I was looking up to watch the birds,  that movement of the trees produced by the wind reminded me about Fern’s drawings.

With the drawings in my mind, the idea came out, I looked at my dog and told him: ” I’m going to make my own version of Fern’s drawings in photographs!!”. He looked back at me and made a head movement like not being sure what I was saying. I just took the dog and went back home running to start making my arrangements for a photo shoot. I contacted my friend Angela to be the model, and she liked the idea too.

It took me a few days more to figure it out how to create the movement of the lines from Fern’s drawings, how I’d set up the lights, and what background I’d use. I spent a couple of days more sketching poses and the result of that photo shoot finally satisfied my expectations.

After a while of working on the photographs, I know this is not ‘my own version of Fern’s drawings’, I am totally sure now that it is a set of photographs inspired by Fern’s art.

I have to give big thanks to Fern for allowing me to access to her wonderful world which turned out as a big font of inspiration for me. And thanks to Angela to help this happening.

Dali’s Desert

Dali’s Desert or “El Desierto de Dalí” it is the name given to a desert located in southwestern Bolivia, within the ‘Eduardo Abaroa’ Andean Fauna National Reserve and south of the Chalviri salt flat.

It is located at an average height of 4750 meters above sea level and has an approximate area of 110 km².

It receives the name because people claim it as the most surrealist landscape on Earth, almost like made by the Spanish artist ‘Eugenio Salvador Dalí’.

Grand Canyon

The day I flew over the Grand Canyon it was my birthday. The best birthday gift ever was to watch the sunrise from a helicopter flying too high that it felt like I could touch the sun.

I wish I could save those feelings in a box so I can share them like a box of cookies with my loved ones.

Singing Therapy Workshop #5: Rhythm and dance

 

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That was the name of this magical event, dancing and singing were reuniting in the heart of nature. Sonia Roy and Melanie Jolicoeur, both dedicated teachers made of this workshop a unique and marvellous magic time for all the assistants. After my short visit there I came back full of energy, loving nature and  wishing to sing more than ever, even I am a really bad singer! This was just some sort of magic!

Thanks to all the people involved on it, I’m looking forward to be there the next time.

Body Painting Competition at the Royal in Fernie, BC

This event is a fundraising made every year organized by the Royal in association with the city of Fernie and The Fernie Arts Station to carry out the “Out of the Box Project” which concept is putting Art in unexpected places, to accomplish it a certain number of dumpsters in town are painted by local talented artistes.

It is my third year making the photographs for the Body Painting Competition and I can not believe how fast time has gone!!

My first approach was on 2014 when I just went for a coffee at Infinitea carrying my camera as I was walking and taking pictures in town before that. It was when I meet Julie, (Royal’s Owner) and she invited us to take a look to see what was going on for the event of that night at the Royal.

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Body Painting Competition 2014, Fernie, BC


That day I made a few shoots and this is my first photo of the Body Painting Competition. There was another photographer covering the event that night, I just went to watch the show, anyway I could steal some shots.

 

In 2015 I covered the event for first time and it was incredible seeing that much talent on artistes and performers.

Winner 2015’s Competition

In 2016  the show was as good as the year before, new participants and of course lots of talent!

 

Winner 2016’s Competition

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Winner 2017’s Competition

This year was exciting being part again of the Competition. As a photographer I can not be more delighted to capture the process of painting and the final product of what becomes living pieces of art. This event overflows talent and creativity.
I was also pleased that one of my photographs from last year was the basis of a printed ‘fanart’ and included in the awards made by the winning artist from last year.
I have to thank Julie Comete for letting me be a part of all this magic!

Earth Day Fashion Show

This weekend was a busy one! Because of Earth Day Celebrations, Wildsight Elk Valley made a wonderful event: Trashy but Flashy Fashion Show.
Participants confectioned a dress made of recycling materials, they had to show and compete with their creations. It was impressive how creative and talented they were with their making!!

Here are some of the photographs I made, I definitely was so inspired with these designs!!

But this amazingness doesn’t end there! The fashion show was full of energy and beauty!

 

And of course it couldn’t miss music!!

 

And the winner were the Drawing buddies Team, with their “Wing it” creation!

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It was certainly an amazing event!!!