Eyoälha (Eee-YO-Lah) means – the wind – in the Kwakwa’ka’wakw language from the North West Coast of Canada. I am Canadian yet find myself feeling at home in many countries. I’m a artist/Photographer and avid traveler.
Digital photography is one of my favourite mediums that I use to share how I see beauty in the world. I’ve always been interested in photography and consider myself mostly self taught. I fell in love with digital photography when I bought my first Canon power shot – 3.2 megapixels in 2005 (still my favourite camera). I was excited to experiment and play with light, motion, framing and to take hundreds of photos without concern of wasting costly film.. and it’s so instant. I love the instant gratification of seeing the images.
I loved that camera so much that I risked my life chasing down a thief (James Bond style) during Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I was lucky, I got it back with the help of some armed police officers who popped up once we had run through the crowd into a less populated street. No one was harmed 🙂
I find immense joy in capturing the essence of the moment, documenting the beauty and movement in the spontaneity of life… one of the reasons why I love jumping photos! I believe in the positive effects of joy on society as a whole and the creative collaboration between photographer and subject.
I am the Founder + President of JoyArt Inc. (in the process of applying for nonprofit status in the state of California), I hold a degree in Fine Arts from Concordia University, Diploma in Media Resources from Capilano College, and attended the Latin American Management Program (LAMP) through the McRae Institute. I created and ran Urban Remix Interior Design for about 5 years, and partnered in the creation of Mode Suites Executive Furnished Rentals. I sold my share of MS in 2010 to pursue my love of travel and photography.
These were a few pages from my life.. in this chapter I’m playing the role of an artist / photographer set out on a worldwide adventure taking photos of interesting, inspiring and creative people expressing joy. Sounds like fun to me 🙂
More on why I decided to create Jump for Joy Photo Project, and Vancouver Jump for Joy Photo Mural: