BANFF IN BLACK AND WHITE:
Q&A WITH PHOTOGRAPHER
Photos by Jamieson Caskenette
Like many people, photographer Jamieson Caskenette spent a season in the Rockies and was eventually lured back to put down his roots in the mountains. In this Q&A, we find out how he got started in photography, where he likes to get off the beaten path, and what he thinks black and white images convey about such a dramatic landscape.
CM/ Where are you from? What brought you to the Rockies?
JC/ I grew up in Hamilton, Ontario, and my story of coming to Banff is similar to many others. In the spring of 1998, I took a job at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel while I was still an apprentice chef. I returned home after my six-month contract for a year until the lure of the mountains was too strong to resist! I have been a full time proud Banffite since 2000.
CM/ How did you get started in photography?
JC/ I travelled to Africa in 2008 and purchased my first serious camera for the trip. Only problem was I had no idea how to use it! One particular photo I took was of a Penguin at Boulder Beach in Cape Town. The feeling I had from that single photograph has been a driving force ever since. Although I didn’t take photography seriously for a few years after that trip, I feel that trip was really the beginning of my journey. The past two years I have been much more driven in terms of becoming the best photographer I can be!
CM/ What are your favourite places to photograph in the Canadian Rockies?
JC/ Tough question! I really try hard to find places that are a little less visited, and in turn, less photographed. There are so many hidden gems along the Icefields Parkway that are literally a few hundred meters off the beaten path. Others require an adventurous river ford, but you get the point! The Canadian Rockies spoil us photographers with its beauty so I figure we owe them a little of our own effort to uncover some of their hidden treasures.
CM/ You shoot in colour, too, but what do black and white images convey about the landscape?
JC/ Personally, I feel a black and white photograph really communicates the mood of the image. Stormy weather, which we happen to get in abundance in the Rockies, is a prime example of this. Late autumn and winter provide a perfect canvas to use dramatic tones, shadows and contrast to a photographer’s advantage. In these conditions, I know before I even press the shutter that I’m creating a black and white image!
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Proud Banffite and photographer, Jamieson Caskenette focuses on promoting and sharing the magic of the Canadian Rockies and our national parks.