Looking back at Remembrance Day 2015, still remembering

Remembrance Day has come and gone for another year, but it remains one of the most important days to me and holds a special place in my heart. It is important for everyone to remember throughout the year.

After concluding my stint in Ottawa in 2004, photographing for Veterans Affairs Canada, I thought of all those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom, especially those very few WWII Vets and even fewer WWI Vets. I listened to some of their stories—some that were never even shared with their own families. I’m sure they didn’t want to put the weight of their horrors onto their loved ones, but they all still needed to talk about it, to remember and to justify their actions however tragic they were.

In 2009, I decided to do a small photo project to say Thank You for your service by photographing a hand full of Chinese Canadian WWII Veterans from Chinatown Unit 280. Since then, I have been helping with their photography needs and always attend the Remembrance Day Ceremony each year.

This year was no different. Only about three of the original sixteen Veterans I had photographed are left, and only one or two were able to attend.

This year I introduced one of my favourite Veterans, Mr. George Chow, to a friend of mine who teaches at an elementary school. She was interested in Mr. Chow meeting her grade 6 & 7 classes, to share his story and answer a few questions. It was a memorable day, and the students loved him. They invited him back for their school’s Remembrance Day Ceremony and paid homage to George.

Here are some photos from both of those events.

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Here are a few images from the Vancouver Chinatown Remembrance Day Ceremony.

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Leading up to Remembrance Day, the Chinese Canadian Military Museum Society held their 70th Gala this year, to commemorate the end of the Second World War.

WWII Veteran Mr. George Chow was the recipient of one of the highest honours, a surprisingly big kiss from Lieutenant-General (Ret’d) Hon. Romeo Dallaire during the Anniversary Gala dinner held in remembrance of the end of the Second World War.

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Over a dozen WWII veterans attended the sold-out event, honouring and remembering the fallen and those who have gone before them. The night featured a powerful and poignant address by Lt. Gen. Dallaire.

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Songwriters Camp: a series about photographing other artists

I recently was a witness to the birth of new songs being created by a few of Canada’s most talented artists; and I had the privilege of being invited to photograph their process.
Sponsored annually by the Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC) #SACSongworks, this song writing camp brings together the very best in the industry for three days of intense collaboration. Facilitated by a local songwriter and producer, Troy Samson (Troysamson.com) of Madlucky Music, the camp took place at the internationally renowned, Armoury Studios in Vancouver.
 
Musicians, painters, dancers, singers, writers and, just about all artists, truly have a special place in my heart. I love photographing artists. They may or may not understand what I’m searching for in a photograph, but they don’t get in the way of my pursuit. When an artist allows me to photograph them, they often empathize with my creative process, and sometimes a dialogue is struck—sometimes with few words. That’s when the magic begins. 
This post is the beginning of a blog series for me on photographing artists, and this post captures a few images from my experience at the Songwriters Camp. I welcome dialogue with anyone wishing to know more about technique, the process or photography in general.

Victoria Pride

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It’s Sunday July 5th, and all four crosswalks at the corner of Pandora Avenue and Broad Street have been painted in colours of the rainbow. Victoria’s City hall has raised the rainbow flag and not unlike the rest of Canada, Victoria celebrates its Pride Week.

My goal on this day was to capture the vibrant colours of the crosswalks as participants passed by in their equally colourful costumes. The reception to my photography was more than just friendly, it was lovingly welcomed. My perspective was from up high, looking downward not only at the people, but also to capture them against the backdrop of the brightly coloured crosswalks.

Again, I used my Fuji XT-1 on a monopod, which gave me a point of view that no one else had.

Here are a few of my favourite images from the afternoon.

 

Welcome to Behind the Lens, My New Blog

Behind the Lens, Invisionation Photography BlogI am really excited to share my brand new website with you! It was time for a new look and feel at Invisionation Photography Inc. and I am pleased to share with you my new, clean online space, including some of my favourite portfolios of work.

As some of you may already know, my body of work at Invisionation is specialized in Family, Weddings, Events, Editorial, and Faces. So we set up the site around these portfolios, but will continue to showcase new work and projects that I am fortunate to work on with clients, via my new blog: Behind the Lens.

Behind the Lens will feature posts from me, including some photography tips from time to time, sharing different experiences I have with clients, talking about some of the work that goes on after an event or the photo session is done, and also letting you know about opportunities I am a part of that you might be interested in too. My blog extends to my newsletter of the same name, Behind the Lens, where I will email you occasional updates from Invisionation Photography Inc. If you are interested, you can subscribe to my newsletter here.

For now, I simply want to say welcome and I invite you to explore my new portfolio website. I also encourage you to follow me on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram) to your liking. I am “learning the ropes” of the social media world – so I won’t be bombarding you with too much content, I always choose quality over quantity.

If you have any questions at all, do not hesitate to contact me. I enjoy talking with new people and discussing photography opportunities and ideas.

Before I sign-off of my first blog post, I must extend a sincere thank you to Jeanette LeBlanc (Jeanette LeBlanc Communications, @jileblanc), Maia Rowan (Graphic Design), Wayne Sopko (The Other Orange), and Christine Faron Chan for helping bring this site to life – their ideas and time made it all possible. I must also thank those who provided feedback during the testing of the website, your feedback was invaluable.

Thank you for stopping by,

Vincent
Chief Invisionary
Invisionation Photography Inc.