I’ve been meaning to update this thing for awhile now, but for some reason just haven’t been able to find the time. I guess seeing as how I’m currently sitting in the Vancouver airport waiting for my delayed flight I might as well give this thing a bit of an update.
Vancouver has been treating me very well. Between meeting friends that I now call family, a lovely girlfriend, and all the skateboarding my heart desires, it’s been quite an amazing transition. Very happy to call this once foreign place my home. I will say that I was rather nervous about making the transition out west. My first six months in Calgary were an absolute nightmare. So to have things go as smoothly as they did here was a major relief on my end.
As far as the photos go, I feel like I didn’t shoot as much as I wanted to. Between trying to find a job, skating, and just enjoying the 30 plus days of sunshine and no rain. And just getting settled in. It’s been six months and there’s still things that need to be done. But that is moving for you I guess.
Here’s a batch of things that did happen this summer/fall. Still sitting on quite a few things for mags so there isn’t a ton, but I’ll share the good ones. Hope you all have a merry Christmas and safe travels if you are travelling this holiday season. Much love to you all and I promise to stay more on top of this thing.
Ty Peterson, Boardslide
Spencer Corbett goes low and Mickenzie Keller goes high
One of the best dudes I know. Peter Lobas and his Harley
Layne and Stepan, Lynn Canyon
Stepan Soroka, Bs Flip
I was working at Supra Distribution for awhile this fall and it was hands down the best job I’ve ever had. Had the pleasure of meeting tons of rad people and opportunities I never would have gotten without their help and support. This was a common occurrence on our breaks. Pull down the box and skate for 15 minutes. Drew Summersides, Bs Smith
Old guys still getting it. Anthony Robinson, 180 Bs Nosegrind
Ace Beaulieu, Bs Tail
Well, almost 20 years of living in this world has taught me about dealing with setbacks, and how sometimes they might not be a bad thing. This “setback” if you will, actually has turned out to be an amazing thing.
As some of you know, I’m in the process of getting ready to move to Vancouver. Huge jump for me. New city, first time living on my own, and trying to actual pursue a career with this skate photo thing. I had projected a May 1st move date, but unfortunately our housing plan fell through and we weren’t going to be able to move in until June first.
I saw this as a setback initially. Around the end of April I was beyond frustrated with some people here and just ready to go move and start new and start working towards my career. But I will say, I’m now glad I’ve had these extra weeks. I’ve learned a lot about who I can invest my time and trust in. And the support I’ve received from a lot of friends has been overwhelming. I’m blessed.
For me, putting forth an effort without the support of homies and peers wouldn’t be possible. I’d be a liar if I sat here and told you I didn’t have days where I’ve been completely discouraged and scared of failing. And petrified that I’ve made a poor 20 thousand dollar investment in camera gear. I still to this date have days where I question what I’m doing and if I’m just chasing a pipe dream.
For anyone who has ever helped me out, purchased a print, trusted me enough to shoot your photo, encouraged me, expressed kind words or a gesture, thank you. Thank you for believing in what I do. I couldn’t and wouldn’t be able to do it without you guys. Much love.Alex