The Rocky Mountain range in Western Canada is incredible. I had not been back since the time I was drove through on a booster seat in the back of my parent’s car at age 3. While traveling west-ward on the No Shortcuts film we decided to camp in Jasper National Park and Banff National Park for a few days to explore. Each day I convinced the crew we should wake up before sunrise to catch the golden morning sun light peaking over the mountain tops. It was the best decision we could’ve made. Every morning the park was almost completely deserted despite it being the height of the season. We were left alone with nothing but beautiful golden light, clouds of morning mist blanketing the forest and packs of grazing elk.
If you’re thinking about visiting either park I wholeheartedly recommend waking up before sunrise to explore rather than wading through hordes of tourists. It gets busy. Real busy.
Last Saturday I was lucky enough to shoot the debut show of Deadmau5’s new 25 foot tall robotic LED cube for his company. It was a surreal experience being wedged between this massive cube and an audience of some 20,000 people, whilst balancing on an 8 foot ladder wobbling around on the uneven ground of the photo pit. A security guard was nice enough to hold the ladder to ensure I didn’t break my neck.
Canada is a massive country, pockmarked with cities spread across vast distances on a sparsely populated landscape. Next Sunday we intend to find our way into the tiniest nooks hidden away from the average highway traveler. Roger Galvez, with camera crew (me and Vikas) in tow, will be traversing the country on a tiny 125cc motorcycle with a top speed of 105 km/h. The engine can’t handle high speeds for long which will force us to take backroads from Toronto all the way to Victoria, BC. We’ll be taken through almost all Canada has to offer, mountains, oceans, lakes, dense forests, desolate plains and finally the Fjords of the west coast.
I’ll be shooting a short documentary about the trip and all it’s trials and tribulations on my Sony FS7. So stay tuned on our shared blog www.noshortcuts.com