Landscape architecture client Considered Design hired me to photograph one of their luxury homes in North Vancouver. It was featured in a six page spread in Movato Home's Vancouver Summer 2015 issueDigital Photography, Photography2015
Bob's Salon is a series of improv dance and live music nights, paired with wine. Part of 'Vancouver, crawling, weeping, betting,' a UNIT/PITT co-presentation with battery opera performance.
I shot the entire 2hr evening in the tight gallery space, which resulted in some great footage, with dancers moving in and out of frame.Cinematography, Film2014
I was asked by dancer Luciana D'Anunciação to photograph her performance at Syllogisms: the SFU MFA students' Spring Exhibition @ Audain Gallery in March 2013.
I was honoured to be asked; I admire Luciana's work greatly, had shot her before, and knew that her performance would impress (and she did! My photos of her work "Echoes" are some of my favourite to date).
But I was also lucky enough to capture much more fantastic art than I had expected. This was an incredible evening of multi-disciplinary arts: painting, video, sculpture, music, digital, dance, and performance, featuring over a dozen artists. Plenty for the senses to feed on!
From Didier Morelli, performance/conceptual artist: "The photos are really wonderful - thank you so much. It was great to meet you there and exchange with you. Definitely a stand out conversation for me in the evening. And the images your captured are really stellar - some of those moments seemed dreamlike in my mind but you've managed to record them and I can't be thankful enough for that!"
and "I must also communicate to you a big thank you from some family members back home. Since I've been away they've not really seen my work as it is not often documented. I sent them the link to your website today and received a slew of excited e-mails and phone calls. Thank you again!"Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
When I heard about Bill, Will You Murray Me?, an art show dedicated to the one and only Bill Murray, I was stoked - not only is the man one of the most likeable actors around, he also stars in one of my favourite films: The LIfe Aquatic.
I chose this subtle yet important scene, in which Zissou is sitting on the red carpet, choosing not to view the screening of his newest film.
Like most figure drawing, getting hands and feet is tough, and the way Bill is holding his smoke was tricky. I found the sweet spot for his hands, as well as other the defining features, such as his eyes.
I'm extremely proud of this drawing and intend for my ongoing portraits to have a similar look.Drawing, Illustration2013
This show was ridiculously fun. Nardwuar The Human Serviette, lead singer of The Evaporators, tore through a zany, intense, highly enjoyable set of songs as they were celebrating the release of their new album (& calendar!) on Record Store Day, 2012.Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
I was asked to photodocument performance artist Lauren Marsden's latest piece In Pursuit of Perpetual Motion.
On a rainy Saturday afternoon, ten dancers walked a counterclockwise route
through the atrium of Vancouver's Central Library, outside, around, and back in again. On repeat. For 2 hours. Balancing discarded library books on their heads.
Each dancer choreographed their own piece to perform whenever their book would inevitably fall from their heads (it was surprising, though, how rarely this actually happened. And at the pace they were walking!). Their dancing was directly into relation to their unique books: a dancer whose book was "Hips and Thighs" did a series of explosive aerobics. Another whose book was "Barack Obama" did a circle of congratulatory handshakes, capped off with a big kick in the air.
After the 2nd hour, the troupe walked across the viaduct to Chinatown, ending their epic performance at UNIT/PITT gallery.
For full information, see UNIT/PITT Projects page http://www.helenpittgallery.org/exhibitions/current-and-upcoming/collective-walksspaces-of-contestation/lauren-marsden-in-pursuit-of-perpetual-motion/
One of the dancers, Charlotte Priest, says "Thank you so much to amazing photographer Ash Tanasiychuk who recorded these precious moments of spontaneity!"Animation, Digital Photography, Photography2014
An art show called FUCK was calling for submissions. Guess what one of my 1st thoughts was? Yep, a disgruntled exhausted "fuck" as in, "fuuuuuck I can't believe that fucker was in power for 8 years..."
My drawing of Bush Jr has started a series. I've completed Obama. Who's next?Drawing, Illustration2013
This evening of 4 simultaneous performances was easily one of the most enjoyable evenings I've experienced this year.
In an indiscreet location, Guadalupe Martinez wrote from entrance door, down stairs, into the main hangar-like room
where Nelly César was taping huge sections of geometric shapes around tables, around standing people, around sitting people,
while Emilio Rojas had locked himself inside a clothes dryer with only a massive flashlight, his robes trailing out of the closed door.
Luciana D'Anunciação danced in a head-to-toe frilled layered costume, contorting her body every which way, at times poking sections of her body out, teasingly, while Alex Mah accompanied her on guitar.
After Luciana's performance, Emilio Rojas would emerge to spread stones across the cement floor, then move from room to room, spraying a garden hose on himself, on his plants, then get undressed, and proceed to set off a fire extinguisher…
Compliments from the artists:
Alex Mah: "Thanks very much, Ash. They look great."
Emilio Rojas: "Ash thank you so much the photos are incredible... grateful for your vision.."
Guadalupe Martinez: "WOW Ash, thanks so much for the amazing documentation, for sharing it with us, and for your generous support. I will certainly use the photos and credit you accordingly."
Yoo-Mi Lee (venue owner): "Thanks for all you do for the arts - really appreciate you being at all these events and capturing the people, the space, the art, and the intersection of all."Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
CARDED!, an annual art trading card show held at Hot Art Wet City in Vancouver, is an incredibly fun mingler of an art opening. Hot Art Wet City specializes in art shows that shake up the typical passive art audience and give them reason to interact & mingle.
The gallery was packed (strictly 35mm f1.8 territory), the vibe was happy and energized. Plenty of rad art & smiling faces: CARDED! was a blast to photograph!Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
Stoked that I swung by to shoot Gaye Chan's performance/theatre/demo piece SWEAT - it was even more visually alluring than I had hoped, and although a blustery windy day, there were enough people caught by her seemingly disembodied arms working away on weaving baskets to make for interesting shots.
I spoke with Chan during, and she was very kind, interesting, engaging. SWEAT is part of an ongoing work called EATING IN PUBLIC, in which she "demonstrates that it is possible to take care of ourselves while we take care of each other."
This is the 1st series in which I've added the 5 W's, with the intention of giving more info to each individual picture, hopefully encouraging people who see the pics to follow up and check into the names & urls I provide.
Compliments from Gaye Chan: "Thank YOU Ash. Great to connect with you!"
She has featured these photos on her site http://www.gayechan.com/projects-gallery/sweat/images.htmlDigital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
Digital photography of live music performances. A wide variety of artists and bands are covered at a wide variety of venues, from small clubs to full size stadiums.
I use a Nikon D90 camera, 35mm f1.8 and 17-55mm f2.8 lenses, and occasionally borrow longer lenses, when needed, from helpful friends.
I try my best to capture strong original images, but if needed, I work in Photoshop to bring out the best in my photos.
On ongoing project, shooting live music performances is an absolute blast. There's nothing quite like going to see music performed live and having a media pass to shoot photos in impossibly difficult conditions - namely, high action in low light.Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2012
I was hired by VIVO Media Arts to photograph the opening of Crista Dahl's Retrospective, called Life Rhythm. This was an incredibly momentous occasion, as VIVO is celebrating their 40th year, and Crista was with VIVO that very first year.
It was a fantastic evening, with people who have had a connection with Crista, spanning four decades of creative life. The show was quite diverse, with an entire room dedicated to her massive library, including rows of file folders and video loops, another room with her paintings, drawings, sculpture and projection. There was a short music set as well, in the larger back studio.
Dinka Pignon, long time education coordinator at VIVO, had these kind words to say: "Wonderful pictures! And Crista looks so gorgeous on all of them!" and "Really-really great photos, just like the last time with Terry's show. You're the best!! Hats off and deep bows."Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
On a sunny Saturday afternoon, Black and Yellow Gallery in East Van held an artist talk with their two current exhibiting artists: Peter O Miles and Sean Orr.
I photographed their talks as part of my ongoing project to document and promote Vancouver's art and culture, the people and places at the heart of this city.
Compliments from Allison Mander-Wionzek, Black & Yellow's Co-Director: "Hey Ash, these are really great! Thanks so much for putting it together for us!"
She also reposted online, saying "A big thanks to Ash Tanasiychuk at formatnoauto.com for putting these shots together from our artist talk with Peter O. Miles and Sean Orr!"Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
When I was brought on to the Olio Festival Operations team in 2012, I knew right away that I would illustrate all their venues.
This was no small task: Olio Festival has 6 genres: music, fine art, film, comedy, fashion and skateboarding!!!!!! So the range of buildings I'd be drawing were varied in aesthetic and location. It was wildly successful, both in personal satisfaction and enjoyment, and also in their inclusion in the festival's website and guidebook. Jason Sulyma, Olio's director, thanked me for loosening up the guidebook, giving it a much needed approachable vibe.Drawing, Illustration, Photography2012
A wonderfully satisfying evening at The Biltmore, two bands brought unique, high energy, musically complex to the appreciative crowd.
Buke and Gase (named for their homemade combo instruments) played with precision, headliner tUnE-yArDs had the crowd dancing and smiling all night.
I came for tUnE-yArDs; she gave me a hundred reasons to love her. Buke and Gase were unknown to me, now I love them.Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2012
Bass Coast Festival happens on the Sunshine Coast, British Columbia, Canada, every summer. It is a multi-day outdoor music and art festival, with a little yoga, capoeira, and mudwrestling thrown in for kicks.
A ton of fun. Excellently organized, a pleasure to shoot.
I was on assignment for The Snipe News. Bass Coast also uses many of my photos in their promotional material.Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2012
Drawing a response against condo development, in support of thriving arts and culture venuesDrawing, Illustration, Typography2013
Maps at a massive scale, this show needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. Referencing the 1972 'Background / Vancouver' work by Michael de Courcy (with Taki Bluesinger, Gerry Gilbert, and Glenn Lewis), three artists (Emilio Rojas, Guadalupe Martinez, and Igor Santizo) have revisited this conceptual project.
It's gorgeous, it's intriguing, and there are many stories within the pieces.
A series of talks, walks, and a potluck dinner are happening throughout May to coordinate the exhibition.
Positive feedback from:
Guadalupe Martinez, artist: "Great photos Ash, as always. Thank you!"
Emilio Rojas, artist: "Thank you ash, great photos."
Karlene Harvey, Communications Director, grunt gallery: "Thank you, Ash. They look amazing."Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
A Star Wars vs Star Trek art themed show? Gathering 2 massive sci fi institutions, appealing to the hoards of superfans? Just as blockbuster movies from both franchises are being released? Yep, allathat. That's the genius of Chris Bentzen, curator & owner of Hot Art Wet City.Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
The Emily Carr University grad show, an annual extravaganza of visual creativity, features work from ECU's Design, Media and Visual Arts students.Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
Discorder, Vancouver's music & culture mag from CiTR 101.9FM, celebrated the release of their April 2013 issue by hosting a launch party at The Cobalt. 3 bands (Sunshine, Gang Signs, and Zen Mystery Fogg) rocked the house, the crowd was warm, the vibe was excellent.
The bands all responded with glowing thanks for the photos. Discorder said "This is awesome!"Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
This is the 2nd in a planned series of photoshoots to promote East Side Yoga, an independent yoga studio in Vancouver BC Canada.
During this session, we improved on quite a few things, such as more balanced light, a better rapport with the yogis, encouraging them to really express themselves, and not be afraid to smile(!). Also, we mixed up the blocks of shoots, starting with group activity, then breaking into individual sessions. I believe everyone had a blast, and I am quite happy with the results.
Some additional work was done on the yogis' skin, giving slight improvement overall. This was a request from ESY's owner after the first session. I have enjoyed building on my post-production skills, and I believe it really helps in photos such as these: that slight bit of skin improvement makes for more approachable, more irresistible photos, which is the intention of these promotional photos.
Another progression: I slightly reduced the size of my Format No Auto watermark to reduce interference or distraction from the photos.
I'm looking forward to session #3!Digital Photography, Photography, Retouching2013
Photo-documenting a beautiful warm evening with three female performers in a cozy cafe filled with film props.
All natural light. No flash.Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
Choreographer Starr Muranko had an open studio showing of The Spine of Mother Earth, an innovative dance that has dancers from Canada and Peru performing simultaneously.
There was a nice sized audience on this sunny Sunday in April, and as we watched the 2 local performers dance, the screen behind them showed the dancer in Peru, who was dancing in front of her own audience, who could also see the Canadian dancers on screen.Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
A public launch of Reverse Joy by artist collective Slavs and Tatars took place at the fountain of Wall Centre Plaza in downtown Vancouver in mid-April 2013. The morning was dark grey, sky filled with ominous clouds, but they cleared in time for the launch of the red-dyed fountain, which attracted numerous people.
This was part of a larger exhibit by Slavs and Tatars happening at Presentation House in North Vancouver.
In the group shots are (L-R) Payam Sharifi - artist, member of Slavs and Tatars, Babak Golkar - curator, and Kasia Korczak - artist, member of Slavs and Tatars.Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
Taking a completed portrait drawing, creating screen to print for various purposesDrawing, Fine Arts, Print Design2013
20 graduates from Langara's 2 year Photo-Imaging program celebrated the completion of their studies with an excellent exhibition in the main concourse of the college.Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
Urban Sprawl: A mindblowing event featuring two groups of musicians coming together for a one night only performance. Orkestra Futura, a collection of experimental jazz instrumentalists + Vancouver Electronic Ensemble (VEE), a group of experimental electronic artists and vocalists.
As fun as it was to shoot, and as decent as my collection of photos are, this was one to hear and experience with all the senses. This entire performance was recorded: keep your ears out for it! And definitely keep your senses tuned to these two boundary-pushing bands!
A special shout out to prOphecy sun and Soressa Gardner for arranging my media pass and to the excellent staff at Western Front for hosting this event and to Coat Cooke, a true gentleman.
Compliments from the artists:
from Coat Cooke of Orkestra Futura: "Wonderful photos. Many thanks."
from prOphecy sun of VEE: "THANKYOU!!!!!!!!! Was so wonderful of you to spend your time taking these rad shots!!!"Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
After photographing Gaye Chan at her official series of SWEAT performances at Access Gallery, Chan and I connected. We chatted about her ongoing EATING IN PUBLIC pieces and the importance of community connection, engagement, and empowerment. We see eye to eye on many things.
It was a nice surprise when she contacted me, saying she was doing an impromptu performance of SWEAT in Grandview Park, and wanted me to come and photograph.
Chan says: "Thanks Ash. Good work!"Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
The launch of Terry Haines' COYOTE X, a four channel video installation, was both a celebration and a sad time to reflect. While celebrating his accomplished video piece, friends, family, and Vancouver's artistic community were also mourning the loss of Terry Haines, who passed away shortly before opening night at VIVO Media Arts.
Please read more about Terry Haines and Coyote X http://vivomediaarts.com/event/terry-haines-coyote-xDigital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
A fantastic evening of sound art, from vocal to digital to skyping in to calling in a noise complaint, the 7, 8, 9 CD launch party at CFRO, Vancouver's Co-op Radio, was incredibly varied and interesting.
As I continue to document Vancouver's local scene of artists and musicians, I'm kept on my toes with unpredictable shooting conditions. While the radio station's interior was brightly lit (perhaps too much so), shooting Josh Rose through glass and Emma Hendrix on the stairs provided new compositional challenges that I enjoyed.
Soressa Gardner, the 1st performer of the evening, commented "Thank you for the excellent photos, Ash. It is great to have a good action shot, and I really love the one you got of me with my hand up in the air."
Read more about Vancouver's Co-op Radio and MAC-CRES Audio Art http://www.coopradio.org/content/cres-media-arts-committee-macDigital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
The graduate exhibit of Simon Fraser University's Visual Artists:
Jose Arias, Emma Brack, Whitney Chow, Andrea Creamer, Brenna Holler, Tasia Mathot, Kate Mitchell, Ramineh Visseh, Vanessa Krystin Wong, and Risa Yamaguchi.
Held at Audain Gallery, April 17 2013, Vancouver BC
Props for these photos:
"The pictures are really nice!" (Whitney Chow, participating artist)
"Looks amazing! thank you!!!" (Risa Yamaguchi, participating artist)Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
VAN HOP 2013: a series of walking gallery tours throughout Vancouver BC, including the launch of Canadian Art magazine's Spring issue at VAG
Compliments from Angela Torchio, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER @ Canadian Art Foundation: "You took beautiful photographs and captured the events very nicely."Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
The book launch of Dina Del Bucchia's Coping With Emotions and Otters was quite unlike any launch I've seen: a human-sized otter dancing to Bon Jovi, a comedic panel on dealing with emotions, members of the audience reading their feelings about the author, a competition on how to betray a dolphin… this was an insanely entertaining night at Artspeak in Vancouver's Gastown.
Compliments from Vicki Williams @ Talonbooks, the publisher: "Hello Ash - Wow, the photos look great! It look like everyone had a great time (and the cake looks yummy!)"
and from Garry Thomas Morse @ Talonbooks: "Thanks for providing such a wonderful array of photos and for your encouragement of the arts in Vancouver!"
Talonbooks features my photos on their site: http://talonbooks.com/meta-talon/more-than-a-thousand-words-coping-with-emotions-and-otters-launchDigital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
WHO: variety of artists from LA & Vancouver and their zines
WHAT: the show (1 night only!) featured zines and prints spanning music, skateboarding and art culture from the 1980's til present
WHEN: Fri March 1 2013
WHERE: 2nd floor, Fortune Sound Club, Vancouver BC
WHY: after a highly attended show in LA, the curators brought it north, and an entirely new selection of Vancouver artists were added to the show.
HOW: free invite via email rsvpDigital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
Destroy Vancouver is an ongoing series of nights that feature a range of experimental musicians, both electronic and live instrumentation. The quality of talent is super high, the nights are varied and pleasantly surprising.
DESTROY VANCOUVER V features multi-faceted drummer CHRIS CORSANO and noise artist RICHARD RAMIREZ (Black Leather Jesus), among others. The evening is organized in three parts: White Gloves and Party Manners, Mongst, and Psychic Turbercolosis open the event. Chris Corsano headlines the second set with an improv drum session. The third and final set focuses on harsh noise with Black Leather Jesus and the Rita/Mass Marriage.Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
My mixed media piece for the Drop It Like It's Art show. Printed 19"x13"
Step 1) hand draw (pencil on paper) illustration of Snoop, based on found photo
Step 2) scan drawing
Step 3) in Photoshop, adjust exposure & levels to increase contrast
Step 4) place in Illustrator, trace & expand all lines to vector shapes
Step 5) sample colours from photo, digitally colour the vector graphic image
Step 6) accidentally discover that illustration layered on digital colour layered on photo look really dope together!
Step 7) throw in a few masks to emphasize his hand, smoke, etc, tweak, make adjustments and bam! There you have it.Digital Art, Fine Arts, Illustration2012
From a quirky indie film called Makeout With Violence (a zombie film entirely unlike you've ever seen before), I thought this scene was breathtaking in it's visual beauty.
One of the main characters, Addy, is at the cemetery as dusk is falling. The light behind hair and her wistful look just begged to be drawn.
This is one of the larger scale drawings I've attempted recently.Drawing, Illustration2013
Record Store Day 2013 in Vancouver BC.
I hit up 2 shops: Red Cat & Neptoon Records, taking in the talent and entertainment of NO UFOs, Nervous Talk, The Evaporators, and Crystal Swells.
Amazing vibes all around, from performers to shop goers to shop owners. I want Record Store Day every weekend! Such a brilliant way to get people out to the shops and to discover new artists!
Compliments from Nardwuar, lead singer of The Evaporators:
"thanks so much for the amazing pics ! Doot doola doot doo ..." (via twitter)
"Thanks so much for these! Really appreciate it!!!!! Sonice of you! AWesome!!! Keep on rawkin in the free world!" (via email)
Feedback from fans:
"These are AWESOME. Makes me wish I was there!!!"
"Beautiful photos Ash! Captured some really great moments and I really felt the vibe through the images. I missed out on this so thanks for taking me there through your eye."Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
Documenting the opening of KT Kilgour's 'Corners'Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
Photodocumenting an evening of performancesDigital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
The official unveiling of Paul de Guzman's
the people are the city
the people are the city
the people are the city
happened on an overcast midweek afternoon day in Vancouver BC at THE WALL, a partnership between Vancouver Heritage Foundation, JJ Bean Coffee Roasters and the CBC. Encompassing huge section of the building's exterior, all exhibits are an artist’s interpretation of the theme “Vancouver’s built environment."
Paul de Guzman addressed the audience, and UBC A Cappella choir sang oldies with a modern, hip twist.
Compliments from the artist himself, Paul de Guzman:
"Thanks Ash. Really appreciate your work in documenting the creative practices here in Vancouver. Keep up the good work and more strength and inspiration to you. Keep well and til soon ... Paul"Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
Handmade desk calendar for 2011 featuring my photography and illustration.
Made from scratch: the dates, layout (font used: SF New Republic), photos and drawings are all mine.
This is my first time making a desk calendar. It took a lot of time, but I feel it was well worth it.Digital Imaging, Packaging, Print Design2012
As part of building a strong professional relationship with East Side Yoga studio in Vancouver, I have begun a series of promotional photographs featuring the owners, instructors, and students.Digital Photography, Photography2013
The completed sketch of my Grandpa Tanasiychuk who passed away in July 2012.
He was a good strong happy man who cared deeply for his huge family. His sense of humour was sharp and witty.
With this portrait, I kept the lines soft, as although he was tough as nails after a lifetime of farming & roofing, Elias Tanasiychuk was a gentle soul.
It was also crucial that I achieved his likeness, especially in his smile, which is undeniably unique.Drawing, Illustration2013
Website design, development, updating, and maintenance for a variety of clients.
Excellent UI, fast loading times, and cross browser compatibility are always priority.Creative Direction, UI/UX, Web Design2012
On a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon, I was asked to photograph In This Together, a group MFA show featuring 17 students from 3 schools: UBC, SFU, and ECUAD.
I arrived an hour before opening, photographed the entire room, as well as individual pieces, which included video, sculpture, mixed media, and sound.
An hour or so after opening, there was also a durational performance in which text was cut, manipulated, and pasted around the space, during 5min intervals timed by an old photo development clock.
Curated by Derrick Chang. Derrick also commissioned me to photograph - thank you, Derrick!
Participating artists: a text piece by Alize Zorlutuna and Liz Knox; a performance by Luciana D'Anunciação, Guadalupe Martinez and Charlene Vickers; a video by Annie Briard, Erin Siddall and Deborah Edmeades; a sculpture by Patryk Stasieczek and Michelle OʼByrne; a video by Kate Moss and Aaron Carter; a sculpture by Allison (Sunny) Karow and Sydney Koke; a sound piece by Pascale Théoret-Groulx and a sculpture and painting by Setareh Yasan and Mira Song.Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
Two separate shows of indie rock bands happened across the street from each other, so I was able to pop between the two.
Damn! Hanging Heart's gig was in near-pitch darkness. But the music was soooo good! Great night!
These photos are featured in Vancouver's arts & culture online mag VANDOCUMENT http://vandocument.com/2014/03/hanging-heart-and-phantoms-again-east-van-tag-team/Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2014
Bruce Carscadden Architect, celebrating 10 years in business, have published a book highlighting their community recreation projects.
The launch took place at Vancouver Special on Main St.Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
Drawings of people, the most interesting subjects on earth!Drawing, Fine Arts, Illustration2012
I was approached by the excellent Vancouver-based not for profit MUSIC BC to create a series of promotional material for a huge fundraiser.
The challenge was to fit a lot of information in, and yet to be more than a boring page of text; I needed to make it interesting and engaging.
The client needed the ads first, but I thought: it'd be most effective to start by fitting all the info into the largest piece (the poster), then trimming info as I scaled down to the smaller ads. I started with the full size (11" x 17") poster. The tactic worked brilliantly.
I included photos of the top 8 performers, used Marlboro font and created a burnt/worn background texture to convey the alt-country/roots'n'blues genres and feel of the event.
The client was extremely happy with my work, and with the three pieces as a consistent series of promotional material.
A selection of compliments from Music BC:
"Everyone loves the ad and no more changes need to be made"
"The 2/3 ad ran today in the WE. Looks awesome!"
"Thanks for your speedy work!"Advertising, Graphic Design, Print Design2013
FULL FRONTAL is curated by Katie Schroeder, a Master's Candidate in the Critical and Curatorial Studies program at UBC.
In this exhibit, she examines the phallus and the naked male in a variety of books, photos, paintings, video, etc. "Questioning a masculinity that is upheld by the idea of the phallus, Full Frontal liberates the literal organ through vulnerability, violence, love, desire, fantasy, humour and sex" (from the show's statement).
David Hatfield, a leadership consultant and facilitator who runs Manology events, began this opening night with an engaging question and answer session.
Noam Gonick, whose multi-screen 12 channel video "No Safe Words" is part of the exhibit, spoke about his piece.
Due to the show's content, some of these photos contain naked male genitalia, so it had to be marked as "Adult" according to Behance's rules.Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
Dynamo Arts Association in Vancouver BC presented a show called Sammiches: 51 Artists Reinterpret The Sandwich.
This was a gallery show as well as a book launch.Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
I've created a wide variety of material for this international coffee company. This is just a small selection of the work, highlighting the variety of end uses that are useful to the client.Advertising, Digital Photography, Graphic Design2012
Satellite Gallery, which is exhibiting NEWS! a massive retrospective of Vancouver newspaper photography from as early as the 1880's, held a free "panel discussion with longtime Vancouver press photographers who have decades of experience and will discuss how their roles and activities have changed at the newspapers over the years."
It was an incredible event with an amazing turnout and deservedly so. The panel were complete gentlemen: Classy. Charming. And funny as hell.
NEWS! is curated by Helga Pakasaar, and is organized by Presentation House Gallery and Satellite Gallery
Gallery & Program Manager Karen Benbassat has this to say:
"Ash…You’re a non profit gallery’s dream come true! Thank you!"
and "I’d like to thank you for the great work you’re doing documenting the arts events in the city. Thanks for including the Satellite in this work."Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
Longtime Vancouver dj & producer Michael Red launched his music label Low Indigo at Lana Lou's in early March 2013, a chill cozy Sunday night affair. But not too chill that there wasn't some booty shakin' get down..!Animation, Digital Photography, Photojournalism2013
In addition to creating 4 pieces of art for The Postcard Show vol 1, I documented the evening. Despite being painfully wet outside, Vancouverites came out in huge numbers to enjoy the wide range of art at this group show.
The room was tight and I limited myself to my 35mm prime lens, so when opportunities opened up (pics 2 & 3), it was nice to get a wider shot, a full feel for the positive, fun vibe of the room.
I then focused on the art itself, and people's excited engagement with it all.
Great times, and I look forward to The Postcard Show vol 2 !!Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
I was commissioned to make large scale wall art to decorate the walls of ShowMakers Productions' office space.
These pieces were created exclusively with my own photography - other than the old school car, all imagery is mine. I used layering, layer styles, opacity, and gradient masks to achieve bright, positive, energizing results.Digital Art, Digital Photography2012
WHO: Donna Huanca, textile/performance/multidisciplinary artist, and about 20 people in attendance
WHAT: Huanca presenting a history of her work and practice through images, video and voice.
WHEN: 1-2pm on a Tuesday, March 12 2013
WHERE: SFU Studio, Alexander St, Vancouver BC
WHY: "She is visiting Vancouver for Braids, a co-residency and collaborative installation with Aja Rose Bond at Access Gallery. The residency will be for the remainder of March, with a performance on March 28th, the installation will exhibit through the month of April."
HOW: No matter the artist's background, practice, or focus, it can always be beneficial to hear how they perceive their work and it's greater context in the world. Also, documenting arts & culture in Vancouver is my obsession. I am determined to present the vibrant culture of this city, and prove its value and worth in our communities.Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
As I approached the last week that I'd ever wear contact lenses,
I decided to mark the occasion by photographing my eyes each day.
This led to many close ups, and an opportunity to incorporate text into my imagery,
which is something I've been working with lately.
These are the project guidelines:
1. All content (photos, writing, and Photoshop work) must be created within the day. No archived work.
2. Both eyes must be included in each piece.
Other than that, the possibilities were unrestricted!
And, as you'll see, the results became quite varied and unexpected.
(ps: my eyes have healed amazingly)Digital Art, Photography, Photo Manipulation2010
An interesting show, with a consistent use of maps, some quite labouriously made, such as 'Hike Simulation,' a topographical map recoloured with marker, some a blatant comment/joke about being overrun with the Disney-fication of everything ('Manitou').
Positioning the Flintstone loop ('Going Places') by the window of the gallery was clever: it definitely caught the attention of many passersby.Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
As part of a DVD project for the Publishing Techniques & Technologies program at Langara, I created these credits for my 2 highlighted videos: a 30 sec ad (Rape Relief) and a film trailer (Can You Do That Dance).
I love the resulting old-time feel of these credits: the flourish typeface, embellishments, and music combine to give a timeless, classic feel.Film, Motion Graphics2012
Project: create a 30 sec ad for Video Editing, one of my Publishing Techniques and Technologies classes at Langara College, 2006.
In keeping with my dream to work exclusively for artists and non profits, I chose Vancouver Rape Relief, an organization that I had volunteered for over the years, raising money and awareness at their annual Walk For Rape Relief.
The music is Massive Attack's "P is for Piano" from their Danny The Dog soundtrack.
Thank you to all my friends and classmates who took time out to appear in this piece.Advertising, Directing, Film2012
I was hired by international corporate watchdog SumOfUs to storyboard and edit together a video of a demonstration against TPP. All footage and stills were provided. My role was to take these assets and build a story, within SumOfUs' branding, that best communicated the demonstration and included a call to action.
This video went out to 2 million people on SumOfUs’ mailing list around the world.Storyboarding2015
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