By Elena Bazini
‘Even walls fall down.’
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my comfort zone.
All photography by Paul Zizka
There are few places on the planet that possess the same sense of mystery and wonder as Easter Island. Rapa Nui, as it’s also known, will surprise you at every turn, from the scale of the ancient Moai carvings (“big heads”) that adorn the island, to the diversity of the landscape. Here you’ll find rugged coastlines, jaw-dropping volcanic formations, and peaceful grasslands that grace the interior. Wild horses rule the land while birdlife soars above.
By Kyle McDougall
What are you trying to say?
A question that I revisit often. It grounds me and gets me back on track whenever I’m pulled in different directions during this wild creative journey. But maybe even more importantly, the answer to that question plays a huge role in helping me make decisions in the field and later on while back home processing.
By Kahli Hindmarsh
When I first started to take photos, one of my biggest hurdles I faced was figuring out how to take what was in front of my camera and turn it into a compelling image.
That should be the easy part, right? Find an interesting subject, point your camera, press the shutter and boom! Not quite… I was visiting these amazing places, but when I looked at my images, all I saw was “tourist” style snapshots. They lacked meaning and interest. They were cluttered and messy. They didn’t tell a story.
By Elizabeth Gadd
We all experience them. (If you don’t… you’re probably not human and I need to know your secret. Seriously.)
Some ruts last only a few days. Some are much longer and more intense. I often experience a 2-3 month hiatus in my work every year, usually during the late winter to early spring months.
Words by Stephen DesRoches
Feature image by Paul Zizka
My introduction to OFFBEAT began in a hotel room in Whitehorse, Yukon, after a workshop in Kluane National Park and Reserve. It was from this hotel room that Dave Brosha and Paul Zizka launched and announced the first version of the OFFBEAT website to the world – the beginnings of a community of photographers geared towards pushing each other further.
Fast forward six months and I’m again in a hotel room with Dave and Paul, this time in Greenland, and furiously typing away to launch and announce a workshop in a remote part of Newfoundland and Labrador.
From Yukon to Greenland and everything in between, I’ve watched OFFBEAT come to life, growing to a membership of 300 and nine regular contributors writing weekly articles. Now is a good time to look back and celebrate our first year anniversary.
→ Download our free e-Book, Wild Places, to gain access to some lessons and tutorials from our OFFBEAT contributors, and see some of the work produced by our workshop participants in the Yukon, Banff, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.
One of my own favourite aspects of OFFBEAT is how participants and instructors continue the friendship and discussions in our private Facebook groups well after a workshop has ended.
These Facebook groups are used to share our favourite images, and this e-Book is a collection of just that: a compilation of images individually selected and submitted by participants from four different OFFBEAT workshops.
This first issue of Wild Places is also a preview of some of our weekly articles authored by each of the nine regular contributors. Thank you to everyone who continues to make OFFBEAT a better place.
Find out more and learn about joining the OFFBEAT Community! We hope to see you there!
Stephen DesRoches is a contributor at OFFBEAT.
OFFBEAT is excited to bring new partners on board to offer our Community Members added value to their membership. Our photo community is all about providing the support you need to take your craft to the next level, and we believe that having a few extra tools to help you get there can go a long way.
OFFBEAT Co-founder, Paul Zizka, recently posted a gallery of images from the Torngat Mountains. We’re thrilled to be taking a crew of enthusiastic photographers to this incredible region of Eastern Canada next year! Bring on the wild landscape and photographic potential.
The name alone evokes a sense of mystery. Tucked into one of the most remote parts of Canada lies one of the last frontiers for landscape photographers and explorers alike: the Torngat Mountains. The area is an incredibly wild mix that fires up the imagination: Norway-like fjords, glacier remnants (and the associated turquoise lakes), a healthy polar bear population, jagged icebergs freshly arrived from Greenland, aurora-filled skies, cultural treasures, archeological gems, rich marine life, and some of the highest, most rugged peaks in all of Eastern Canada.
“Forgotten World” Of all the images I have posted from the Torngat Mountains National Park, this aerial view of the Southwest Arm is probably the one that is most representative of what the place is like. Part Norway, part Canadian Rockies, part Nunavut, yet unlike anywhere else I have gone before. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.
Best of all, all that incredible wilderness is…
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OFFBEAT is all about tapping into that spirit of adventure and keeping life exciting by venturing off-the-beaten-track. Founders Dave Brosha and Paul Zizka have designed photography workshops that help you explore new frontiers in your photography and new corners of the globe.
The first two stops, Greenland Grandeur and Nights of Wonder: Faroe Islands, are prime examples of the far-flung destinations we’ll be exploring. From bobbing icebergs and dancing auroras of Greenland to the seaside cliffs and fjordland of the Faroes, these workshops will help participants reconnect with the wilderness and their creative side. These first two workshops are already sold out, but keep your eyes out for more great stops.