Born in South Africa, Simon grew up between a big metropolitan city and a cattle farm in Kwazulu Natal. His love for nature and the natural world grew with him, coupled with a keen interest in photography and his creative spirit, a career and a lifelong passion was born. He has spent the last 14 years in North America, but returned often to his continent of birth to quench his thirst for Africa and it’s wildlife. Eventually the call of the wild became too strong and Simon said farewell to the world of editorial and commercial photography for good to focus his photography on the natural world.
For anyone interested in the Canadian West and Cowboy Culture this is the ultimate workshop full of private shoots with some of the best horseman and horsewomen in Alberta. All of our models are authentic cowboys and cowgirls that really walk the walk and ride the ride.
Since 2009 The Camera Store TV hosts Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake developed one of the most popular Canadian based (and one of the top photographic product review) Youtube channels. They are moving on from TCSTV to DPReview, we are proud of them and know that they will do a great job. We are also excited to say that The Camera Store TV will continue with new hosts Dave Paul and Evelyn Drake along with appearances from staff and local photographers.
“India overwhelmed us in every conceivable way. It swept us up, shook us to the core, flooded our every sense, and then set us back down again as different people, in a world that will never quite be the same.
It all started with our tourist visas… the ones we failed to acquire until the absolute last second of the 11th hour. Having been so immersed in our travels through Sri Lanka, we totally forgot to request our tourist visas until the night before our flight from Colombo to Bombay. Little did we know, this was to be the first of many speed bumps along our topsy turvy journey through the chaos of India… missed flights, rescheduled trains, 8 hour delays, crowded markets, cow jams, unfathomable traffic, and HORNS! But within all this chaos, confusion and noise, was an inexplicable beauty and peacefulness we have never experienced.
I love travelling and photographing far away places. As a digital journalist I’m always trying to “capture the moment” in new and unique ways, especially when it involves the culture and daily life of the people I meet along the way.
What I’m not so passionate about is focusing my time and creative energy on the so-called “major attractions” that inevitably wind up as the heart of most tourist itineraries, those “must see” destinations that are promoted in every travel brochure.
Thankfully, when I was writing the script for ’Metanoia’, I wasn’t stopping along the way to ask how I was going to get it made. If I had, I probably would of thought there were simply too many things I couldn’t accomplish. All I knew was that I was on my way to telling a story that I felt deeply passionate and excited to tell.
Nature photography of any kind has its challenges, however macro photography could be considered as one of the most demanding. There are a number of factors that you have to consider, especially when you are photographing small living subjects, such as insects, or frogs.
After traveling with each other 24/7 for three solid months through Australia and Greece, we totally found our groove in Croatia. We don’t know if it’s that we were nearing the end of our journey, or that we’d grown so accustomed to always being with each other, but there’s something about everything we experienced in Croatia that seemed heightened… our sense of adventure, our closeness to each other, the depth of our everyday experiences, our ability to soak in the amazingness of everything around us, and most importantly, our clarity around what’s important. We feel an overwhelming sense of pride for our kids every single day, but it’s not very often that we feel this same level of pride within ourselves as parents.
Two Mann Studios recently spent 4 months traveling throughout Australia, Greece, and Croatia. Right before their trip started – literally on the way to the airport – Erika and Lanny Mann stopped in at The Camera Store and purchased 2 mirror-less cameras. Using the Fuji XT1 and the Sony RX1, Erika and Lanny captured their journey and have shared their beautiful photographs in a three-part blog series: Australia, Greece, and Croatia.