No, Gemma and I haven’t decided to follow Derek and Sue into Asia, but a perk of working at Vistek has finally popped its head. A gentleman by the name of Willam Jans has been in our store a few times over the last week. He is a well known photographer, famous for the image to the right which has been used in many Canon advertisments.
Jans had been promoting his multimedia shows with some leaflets in our store and when the Saturday evening show did not sell out he came in and gave out 4 tickets. Two went to other colleagues and one each for Gemma and I.
Not knowing exactly what to expect we rocked up to the Calgary Libray Theatre and took our seats for what turned out to be a very inspiring presentation. Jans is an amazing photographer with stunning images of Laos, Tibet and Mt Everest (which he climbed to advance base camp 4 – 6500 metres). Jan is also a great story teller. He captures your attention and lets you experience the rickety Lao Air plane with him and makes you thankful that you don’t have to experience the parasite infections and altitude sickness.
On a technical side (for Dad and Derek), Jans still uses film (Kodak Ektachrome slide film) and due to weight limitations shot only 65 36exposure rolls in the two and a half months of this trip. For this reason he is very particular with how he uses his film and if he can not get a perfect shot in 1 or 2 attempts he will not even try. For example the above image was captured in a single shot, no motor drive used. Fairly impressive and an ability that will no doubt be lost with the impact of digital.
Seeing a 90lb backpack that contained only two changes of clothes gives perspective to our adventures in Canada. While Tibet and Southern China would be amazing to see, I don’t think we would approach it in the same way Jans did. However we have been inspired when next we travel to put ourselves out a little more in order to bring back more unique memories. Unfortunatley the most unique place we plan to see on our tour was probably Alaska which has come and gone. Oh well, we can still tell of the fisherman and our herbal conversation.