In my days before Halifax, my “social life” consisted of a few close friends and my parent’s dog, Tucker. I could easily go 4 (months of) Friday nights in a row without plans. Rae was similar, but not quite as recluse. We’re now in an unexpected (but delightful) position where we feel like we need a second life to keep up with the friendships we make with the people we photograph. So often we find ourselves photographing clients who we relate to, have interesting and unexpected connections with, but we struggle to keep up with, which sometimes makes me sad. A lot of it has to do with how busy it is running our own business.
Ben and May are among the people who we’d love to see more of. Ben’s a photographer too, who’s got a certain taste for pushing a camera’s boundaries. He likes off-camera-flash photography, likes to do ‘light painting” (see the ‘LOVE’ photo in this gallery for an example of light painting) and using his knowledge of electronics to create elaborate photography setups: imagine a flash and a camera firing at a spot where and when a bottle crashes. With a set up like this, you could get a really sharp photograph of a bottle at the very moment it’s destructing. Yeah, I get the sense that Ben and I could geek out pretty good. Weirdly enough, Ben comes from Oshawa Ontario, which is a neighbouring city of Whitby, where I grew up. Oshawa is to Whitby what Dartmouth is to Halifax, and our nickname for it was “the Shwa”. I forget how we both ended up in Nova Scotia. May is also from Ontario, and she’s responsible of most of the fun and hilarity in these photos (a few of these shots SERIOUSLY track me up).
I’m sitting here trying to figure out what to say about this photo shoot….something other than the obvious–which is that their personalities are totally busting through these images. And I love it. Some of these photos, especially the ones at night, really do crack me up. It was at night that May started giving artistic direction to this shoot, and she came up with stuff I never would have thought of, like roasting sparklers over the warm glow of the drunken street lamps along the Halifax waterfront. They’ve both got quirky and endearing personalities. It’s obvious that they’re in love.