Evan Biddell – The 81 Pound Challenge

 

L-R Stacey McKenzie, Evan Biddell, Josh Mario John

Stacey McKenzie, Evan Biddell, Josh Mario John

Earlier this month I was shooting at Toronto Women’s Fashion Week part of Eco Fashion Week. The Evan Biddell show was one that I thought sent the strongest message for fashion today. He was asked to take part in the Value Village 81LB Challenge. This is the amount the average person discards in textiles every year. Using eighty one pounds of unsold merchandise, Evan really shows that good fashion is never out of style. Here is some of his work:

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Stacey McKenzie

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Canouan: A Hidden Caribbean Treasure

Bay of Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Grand Bay – Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

My first week of 2017 started off in the Caribbean. I was hired to photograph a friend’s wedding on the tiny island of Mayreau, part of the beautiful island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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Salt Whistle Bay – Mayreau, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Traffic Officer - Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Starting on the mainland, in the capital city Kingstown, I jumped on a flamboyantly painted public bus. This a fun way to see the vibrant and bustling city like a local. Plus, they all have incredible sounds systems blasting the best island tunes!

Bus stop - Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Bus stop – Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Buses loading passengers - Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Buses – Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Camillia Bus - Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Salassie Bus - Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Dimez Bus - Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Bus - Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Fisherman - Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Fisherman – Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Fish Market - Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Fish Market – Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Making my way over to the tiny island of Canouan, I discovered a true island paradise. Known for its remote beaches and authentic island life, it is also a favoured place for sailing and yachting.

Grand Bay - Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Grand Bay - Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Grand Bay – Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

S/V Mandalay - Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

S/V Mandalay – Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Canouan, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Here are some more photos of the island:

 

There are a few resorts on the island including the Tamarind Beach Hotel and the newly finished Glossy Bay Marina. Each with hospitality that matches the spectacular surroundings for an truly luxurious experience.

Tamarind Beach Hotel - Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Tamarind Beach Hotel – Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Tamarind Beach Hotel - Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Here are some more photos of Tamarind Beach Hotel:

 

Glossy Bay Marina beach - Glossy Bay Canouan, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Glossy Bay Marina beach – Glossy Bay Canouan, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Glossy Bay Marina pool - Glossy Bay Canouan, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Glossy Bay Marina pool – Glossy Bay Canouan, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Here are some more photos of the Glossy Bay Marina:

 

After spending a week island hopping this region, I can see why the pirates did not want to leave this area!

Carnash Bay - Mayreau, St Vincent and the Grenadines

Salt Whistle Bay – Mayreau, St Vincent and the Grenadines

Grand Bay Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Carenage Bay – Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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People and Pets

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Recently I started shooting a new series of portraits, people and their pets.  The first session was with my friend Nua Swimwear designer Clara Vieira and her Maltese Fofa.

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Essex County Ontario

A few images I photographed from a recent trip to Essex, the southernmost county of Canada.

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MV Jiimaan ferry to Pelee Island in Leamington Ontario

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Pelee Islander Ferry

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Former Heinz factory in Leamington Ontario

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North 42 Degrees Estate Winery vineyards

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Viewpointe Estate Winery