Gratitude, Admiration, and One Hundred Blog Posts

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I was typing up part four of my latest New York City series when I realized that it was going to be the 100th blog post on this site since I started it 3 years ago.

One hundred blog posts.  Dozens of pages.  A lot of gear reviews.  Thousands of images.  Exponential web traffic growth.   It has been an awesome experience, and I’d like to hit pause for a few minutes and reflect on it if that’s ok.  We’ll get back to NYC later this week.

When I started this blog three years ago I was in the process of trying to re-kindle my love for photography. I had been in a lengthy slump, one where I had seriously considered hanging it all up.   I had just switched to the Fuji X100 series in an effort to simplify my photography, and I started this blog at the same time as an endeavour that would hopefully spark my creativity.

Fast forward three years and a whole heck of a lot has changed:  I am now an Official Fujifilm X Photographer, proudly representing a camera brand I love and support.  I travel regularly, creating photo essays of my favourite places.  I teach travel and street workshops.  I am now an author with published magazine articles, guest appearances on podcasts, and I am working on my first book.  It has been a crazy ride, and there is so much more to come.

Throughout this journey I have met, and in many cases have become friends with, countless people in the industry who have inspired me and helped me move the ball down the field.  I know I’m going to forget to mention someone, but I’d like to take the opportunity to send a shout out to some of those people.  If you aren’t already following these people I highly recommend checking them out:

  • Valerie Jardin.  Valerie is an educator, street photographer, author, traveler, Official Fuji X Photographer, and friend.  I cannot recommend her work enough, and would encourage anyone interested in street photography to also listen to her Street Focus podcast.
  • Patrick Laroque.  Patrick is a fellow Canadian Official Fuji X Photographer.  He is a story teller in the truest sense of the term, and is equally skilled both as a photographer and as a writer.  What draws me back to his work over and over again though is his open honesty:  He puts it all out there without a filter, and I have huge respect for that.  You can learn more about Patrick in my interview with him on this site.
  • Fuji Vs. Fuji.  This site is one of the two Fuji gear sites I am in communication with on a fairly regular basis (the other one is found below).  They provide some of the most detailed breakdowns on Fuji gear that you will find.  Excellent stuff.
  • Big Head Taco.  My friend Take, a fellow Vancouverite, is a great guy who works tirelessly to produce content for the Fuji, Ricoh, Leica, and Canon communities (as well as several accessory companies).   If I have a question or an idea, he is often one of the first people I bounce it off of.
  • Riley Joseph.  Riley is another Canadian Official Fuji X Photographer, and one that you may not have heard of before.  You see, he refers to himself as a Photographer and a Gentleman, and I think that describes him perfectly as he just quietly and respectfully goes about his business.  I especially love his photo essays.   Just like with Patrick, Riley does an amazing job telling stories with his photography.
  • Dan Bailey.  Another Official Fuji X Photographer, Dan refers to himself as a full time adventure, travel and location photographer but he is so much more than that.  He is an author, a pilot, a workshop leader, he produces video tutorials, he leads photography tours, he is a musician, etc.  Dan is pretty much as close to a true Renaissance Man as we have in the photography community, and he has been remarkably supportive of my work here.  You definitely need to check him out.
  • Don Craig is a Canadian Official Fuji X Photographer living near me in Victoria, BC.  He is an excellent documentary photographer, currently working as a shooter for the BC provincial government.  I love his work.
  • Olaf Sztaba.  Olaf, and his wife Kasia, are two of the finest photographers I know.  Olaf’s tagline is “Simplicity in Seeing”, and when we get together our conversations always focus on the art of photography rather than the gear we use.  What more needs to be said?  You can learn more about Olaf in my interview with him.
  • Kale Friesen.  Kale, yet another Official Fuji X Photographer, is a high calibre fashion photographer currently living and working in New York City.  He has an instantly recognizable style as a photographer, which is awesome, but what really draws me to Kale is his willingness to pursue his passion and follow his dreams.  This has taken him from Paris, to Vancouver, and now to New York where he is producing great work.
  • Jonas Rask.  Jonas, an Official Fuji X Photographer, writes some of the best Fuji related content out there.  His product photography and gear reviews are well known within the Fuji community, but his personal photography is just as good (actually, it is even better).
  • Eivind Rohne.  Eivind, an Official Fuji X Photographer based out of Norway, is a talented photographer shooting mostly editorial portraiture.  His work is fabulous, and he is a constant friend online who continues to inspire me to get out and shoot.
  • Elia Locardi.  Elia doesn’t know I am alive.  We’ve never spoken.  We may never speak.  His life story inspires me though and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention him.  He gave up a life he didn’t want to lead, he built the life that he wanted, and he now produces amazing photographs while living on his own terms.  There is something in his story that we can all learn from.
  • Ibarionex Perello.  Ibarionex, creator of The Candid Frame website and podcast, is another person I am not actually in frequent contact with (just the occasional social media comment in passing).  But, he produces some of the best content on the web as far as I am concerned.  His podcast is a weekly listen, and a constant source of inspiration to me.

My apologies to whomever I missed that should also be on this list….

Most importantly though, a HUGE thank you to everyone who reads this site and leaves comments.  I am incredibly excited about some of the things that I have coming up, and I can’t wait to share them with you.  In the meantime, here are some of my favourite images from the last three years.

Cheers,

Ian

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14 thoughts on “Gratitude, Admiration, and One Hundred Blog Posts

  1. Jan Sears says:

    Ian, you too are an inspiration and help
    Me through my photographic ups and downs. Love your varied content and powerful words and gear reviews. Keep it up and congrats on 100!

  2. FULLSPECTRA says:

    Congratulations on 100 Posts, Ian. As a fellow Fuji-shooter, and an always aspiring improver, I’m very much enjoying your work. All the best! Rob.

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