Portraits

My little Space Oddity

My life has changed quite a bit in the past year. One of the major contributors to that is the focus of this series of photos: my little (Space) oddity.

Newly arrived here on Earth, this is a photographic depiction of her exploring her new surroundings as she learns what it’s like to be an Earthling.

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FOTR memories

FOTR, or Folk on the Rocks, has always been a highlight of summer for people living in Yellowknife. It brings in a wealth of musical talent from various genres and embraces local and traditional musicians in one of the most unique folk festivals in the world. With near 24 hour sun light, water bombers buzzing crowds in the beer gardens, sand getting into crevices in your body you didn’t know you had, combined with the most laid back atmosphere you could imagine at a concert, FOTR is a wonder to behold.

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Scott and Shawna, a wedding story

I’ve never got to shoot a wedding like Scott and Shawna’s before. For the most part, weddings are magical for their candid moments where people show how much they love each other. I always feel spoiled getting that intimate look into people’s lives on one of the happiest days of their lives. But this wedding, I felt spoiled for much more than that reason. Scott and Shawna are in one of the most entertaining bands I’ve had the privilege to see live, and they were going to do a special wedding concert for all the guests.

©James MacKenzie, James MacKenzie Photo, jamesmackenziephoto.com, wedding

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Nicole Garbutt’s Tin Woman

In September I was asked to partake in photo project organized and imagined by Nicole Garbutt, a make-up artist in Yellowknife. The scope of the project was to create alternate ending to fairy tales and have different photographers capture each scene. I’ve worked with Nicole in the past, and was excited to be part of a project with her. But to have my photos displayed alongside photographers Pat KaneDave Brosha and Tara Marchiori, I was elated. These are photographer’s who inspired me to pursue this career and continue to inspire me. The show was called Once Upon a Painted Wonderland, and was only open to the public for a few days. Here are the photos Nicole and picked as the favourites from the shoot I did:
Tin Woman2 © James MacKenzie

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The Committed Rock the Top Knight

The Committed, one of Yellowknife’s more popular bands, rocked the Black Knight Pub with their soul music.

The Committed, Black Knight Pub, Yellowknife, NT, Northwest Territory, Band, Music, Live show

Yellowknife’s The Committed rock out at the Black Knight Pub. Photo by James MacKenzie

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Inuvik Igloo Church

The Inuvik Igloo Church has been one of my bucket list things to photograph in the NWT. With this unique angle, I’m happy to give it a big check mark.

I shot this photo on a full-frame camera with a 17mm tilt-shift lens. Starting with my main photo, I then used the shift and rotation of the lens to capture more of the ceiling and painted windows. In all, this is made up of 7 photos.

The result is a unique look at the shape of the room without any of the distortion you would get from a fisheye lens or ultra-wide angle lens.

For more information about Inuvik’s Igloo Church, check out this link: http://inuvik.ca/tourism/attractions/

Igloo Church, Inuvik, James MacKenzie, James MacKenzie Photo, NWT, NT, Northwest Territories, Religion, Catholic, Church

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Walter Makes Things Special

Walter Girrior has a fantastic sense of humour. This photo of him at Cameron Falls, NWT, has taken on a bit of a legendary status.
This is how it all came to be.

Almost two years ago, a friend and I started an ambitious photo project where we wanted to do a shoot of each colour in the colour wheel. She made all of the costumes herself from curtains she bought at Wal-Mart and other odds and ends, and posed for the photos too.

We shot “Yellow” at Cameron Falls, and I was immensely happy with how they turned out.

Cameron Falls, Yellow, NWT, Yellowknife, fashion

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