Slimfast update: it worked!

Posted by melee-master on March 12, 2023, 6:39 p.m.

Just kidding, I was never actually on slimfast. But it was a legendary meme and I did discover this wonderful thing called the outside world, which was pretty foreign to me back in the days of grinding code and nerding out on video games like Super Smash Bros and Halo. So you could say that the outside world was my slimfast.

Anyway, I figured I'd pop in and give a life update. It's cool to see so many of the same faces from back in the day, and even cooler to see that so many people have become industry professionals. In my programming days I thought this would be my route as well, but about ten years ago I started to hate writing code. I completely burned out on it after some personal projects and getting a side job programming at a local startup. This occurred not too long after I got into photography and started working in the restaurant. So I said fuck it, completely stopped programming and just grinded restaurants and photography.

I probably stayed in the industry too long… 8 years, which felt like forever. But it taught me a lot of important lessons and really helped get me out of my shell with social interactions and food. It's now 2023 and I've been doing landscape photography for 11 years and full time since September 2020. Of course, I had to move back into my mom's basement because it's incredibly difficult to build a business in this industry and Vancouver is crazy expensive, but I'm getting there slowly but surely.

Today I don't want to risk getting too wordy, so I'll share some videos and photos below of what I've been up to. My focus is on the forests and mountains of British Columbia. I'm always searching for new places to see, whether that be in the forests in my backyard (relatively speaking) or by scouring maps for cool places in the mountains and then figuring out how to get there. Often that means using helicopter assistance due to the sheer remoteness of these places. I also run adventure style photography workshops where we take people into the mountains for a few days and teach them landscape photography.

This video shows some fun stuff from the last two summers.

It's my only proper 'film', as the rest of the stuff on my YouTube is random videos of cool places and helicopters. Will hopefully get a GoPro soon to properly document future trips!

One of my favorite recent photos:

Collage of some of my rainforest canyon work:

What have you all been up to? Don't hesitate to say hi in the comments. And if anyone wants to keep up with my photography, feel free to follow along on my social media or website :)


ludamad 7 months, 1 week ago

Nostalgic ass stupid old joke musta been 16 years ago got me to post again

marbs 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks for sharing, those photos are great. I love the alpenglow you captured on the mountaintops. These last few years I was living in Seattle, and thoroughly enjoyed exploring the outdoors, but sadly never made it to BC. Now I'm back in the UK, and watching your video gave me chills and makes me miss the West Coast.

bendodge 2 weeks, 3 days ago

Splendid photos!