Hello! My name is Ian MacDonald. I am an Official Fujifilm X Photographer and educator living in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
It took me a long time to write this part of my website. The reality is that I, like many artists, struggle to talk about myself. As a photographer, I would rather put the spotlight on the subject of my photograph than on myself. After all, that is really what matters. Like many artists I have been on a journey over the last few years that is ever evolving, but one that I can confidently say has given me more joy and purpose in my life than anything else other than my family and friends.
I shoot prolifically, and over the last few years I have purposely avoided pigeonholing myself into any one genre of photography. I love shooting street photography and travel photography for my personal work and for my teaching, as well as portraiture, weddings, fitness, and dance for my client driven work.
I have come to realize through this constant shooting that I don’t just love portraiture… or street photography… or weddings.
What I really love are people.
When I think about this statement it shouldn’t come as a surprise to me. My formal education is in adult education and pre-hospital emergency medicine. For two decades a large part of my professional life (before photography) was spent working as a paramedic and as an EMS educator. My career was one of taking care of the ill and injured, caring for people when they are suffering, and teaching and supporting others through their journey in EMS. When you think about it though my work wasn’t about ambulances, IV catheters, defibrillators, splints, hard collars or stretchers…. it was about people. The 15,000 people I cared for as a paramedic. The 20,000 people I have taught over the years.
The camera has now become my primary tool to meet new people and to go to new places. It has become my way of connecting, collaborating, sharing, and serving.
In addition to working with people, photography, whether shooting professionally or simply for myself, provides me with the opportunity to feed my soul and to recharge.
Sometimes it is a solitary thing, like watching the sun rise over Paris in the photo at the top of this page, or watching an amazing sunset turn into a beautiful evening sky in San Francisco:
Sometimes it is wandering the streets of a city doing my absolute favourite thing as an artist: Shooting street photography in places like Paris:
Or San Francisco:
But then there are those times where I shoot a wedding, or work with an amazingly talented dancer or artist, and collaborate to capture something special:
Throughout the last few years a constant has been the theme of collaborating with people and building relationships through the art of photography. It gives me joy in a way I haven’t experienced otherwise and provides me with a glimpse of what I need to be doing with my life as I move forward.
A humbling side effect of this journey through photography has been the success of this website and my social media accounts. I receive daily comments or emails from people around the world who have found me through my portfolio, my teaching or through my work with Fujifilm Canada. I love these relationships, many of which lead to new opportunities and collaborations.
I am in love with every minute of this journey as a professional photographer. If you would ever like to discuss a collaboration or project I would love to hear from you.