Danu – A Calgary Artist

I met Danu in front of the Motion Art Gallery. I quick explained to him what the blog was about and he was more than happy to have a quick chat. After my initial questions we go to chatting about other things and art. Danu than informed me he was currently working on some paintings inside the art gallery, so away we went to see what he was painting. He had some pretty cool paintings and he was a pretty cool and down to earth guy. If your interested in checking out some of his work you can find some of his work at the Motion Gallery in Calgary or swing by his Facebook group for more information. (Danu has a website at infiniterealities.org, however it seems to be down at this moment in time)

Danu - People of Calgary - Rob Moses Photography
Camera: Canon 1DiiN & 50L – Settings: 1/250th // f1.2 // ISO 1000

1. Where are you from?
Calgary.

2. Have you lived here all of your life?
Yup.

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
I like stuff about Calgary, like it’s a pretty good city. There is lots of nice people and stuff.

4. What do you like to do for fun?
I usually just paint and make music and I don’t know, go on adventures, that’s fun. And go to movies.

5. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
Umm, there’s lots of nice people here.

6. Have you ever ridden a horse?
Yes I have.

7. Anything you’d like to add?
Umm, the horse was cool (laughter).

– Thank you for talking to me Danu! 🙂

A Rare Gem

Old new building - People of Calgary Street - Rob Moses Photography
Camera: Canon 5D & 24-70L @24mm – Settings: 1/100th // f14 // ISO 320

The only reason I shot this photo was because of the wicked old building the girl is walking in front of. I love old buildings like this and as the city of Calgary grows the less you see such buildings. For instance, a company here just tore down a old 6 story building built in 1912 to make way for a new set of buildings. I am all for growth and new big buildings, but I feel keeping around the old buildings gives the city a lot of character. However, in the defence of the new development of the 1912 buildings site, it should be noted that, that particular building went over some rather unpleasing renovations in 1967 which had the building clad in marble. Although that might sound nice, it wasn’t haha. Anyhow, I love the building in the picture I took and I hope they don’t tare it down! 🙂

Bellow are some pictures of the 1912 building referenced here. Photo’s by unknown photographers via imageshack.

Old Calgary Herald building before and after 1967 renovations.

Violet – Studio Photographer & Artist

So today I saw a guy walking along with a empty tray of food at the Eau Claire Market. I figured, this guy can’t be too busy, so I asked him if he would be interested in being on the blog. After I told him about it he informed me that he had a studio in the building and told me the girl there would probably be into it. Off Yoshi went to dispose of his empty tray and away I went to meet this girl.

In the studio I found a very cool and easy going girl named Violet. I told her Yoshi had sent me and explained to her about the blog. To no surprise she was into it 🙂 Here is what Violet had to say about Calgary.

Violet - Calgary of Calgary - Rob Moses Photography

Camera: 5Diii & 135L – Settings: 1/125th // f2 // ISO 3200

1. Where are you from?
I’m from Ontario, but I was born in BC.

2. Why did you moved to Calgary of all places?
The music scene and the economy.

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
I do, it’s pretty fun!

4. What is it about Calgary that you like?
Everyday is a new adventure here.

5. What do you like to do for fun?
I do art and music and a lot of different things. I was tie-dyeing and making music. We have different cook off’s, gingerbread making parties. Lots of things, my friends are musical. Art days and I have a few different photography jobs.
Rob: Well ya, I’m standing here in a studio with you (laughter).
Violet: It’s pretty fun.
Rob: Ya, we have things in common.

6. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
Hmmm, (laughter) I’m not sure, I would say that it’s like (pause), Toronto but with a home town feel.

7. Have you ever ridden a horse?
Ya lots, but not here (laughter)

8. Anything you’d like to add? Website or anything?
My website? Sure, you can find me on facebook at Vybe Visuals or google Violet Brown and you’ll find me.

* Thank you Yoshi and Violet for being so cool! Had a fun time talking shop in the studio with you guys.

Kate – Toronto to Calgary

Today’s Calgary person was handed to me on a silver platter. Ok maybe not quite a silver platter, but I didn’t have to walk up to her on the street like I was a 16 year old trying to get her to buy me a case of beer! This little interaction was a set up. NICE 🙂 Anyhow, this is Kate and here is what she had to say.

Kate 4 - People of Calgary - Rob Moses Photography
Camera: 5Diii & 135L – Settings: 1/250th // f2 // ISO 25000

1. Where are you from?
Originally Toronto.

2. Why did you moved to Calgary of all places?
We moved here because my husband got a job offer here and they offered to pay for the move. So we were like “Ok, well if we don’t like it we’ll leave”.

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
Yes. I miss Toronto, I miss the city, but we like the mountains, skiing, hiking and stuff. And the slower pace of life here.

4. What is it about Calgary that you like? Even though you kind of answered that already.
The stuff outside of the city, more than the city it’s self.

5. What do you like to do for fun?
Ski, well before baby (laughter and a look to her 1 year old daughter playing near by), hike, we like to go out with friends to bars, have people over, board games and stuff.

6. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
Friendly.

7. Have you ever ridden a horse?
Yes, ironically I used to horseback ride back in Toronto and I moved here and never found a barn.
Rob: What! That’s crazy! haha.
Kate: So yes I do ride.
Rob: Nice.

8. Anything you’d like to add?
We like the opportunities here, so that’s why we stayed. It’s home now.

* Thank you for talking to me Kate! 🙂

Photography in the Streets

Here is another street shot for you from the city of Calgary. I was walking up the street when I seen these people doing a little shoot of their own. I always find it fun to watch what other people do while taking pictures and this particular moment did not disappoint, well for me a least. The original photo was a wider view, but I thought it to be a little more interesting of a picture to leave out the subject being photographed. I’ll leave that to your imagination ;).

Calgary People 2 - Street - Rob Moses Photography
Camera: 5Diii & 135L – Settings 1/1000th // f2 // ISO 200

Michelle – No Stranger to Me

No stranger for the blog today, but my lovely wife Michelle has agreed to make a little appearance on here. The way I see it, we have been here a year and so have a lot of other people in Calgary. So why not have Michelle toss her hat into the blog while I hide out at home because it’s to dang cold too venture out into the streets to find a stranger 😉

Michelle - Calgary People Blog - Rob Moses Photography

Camera: Canon 5Diii & 135L – Settings 1/100th // f2 // ISO 2000 – 1 Handheld LED light to camera left

1. Where are you from?
I am from a small town in BC, Terrace, but my family and I just moved here from Vancouver in 2012.

2. Why did you moved to Calgary of all places?
So my husband could make some fat cash!

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
I really like it here.  I’m not in love with the winter, but that is part of the package.

4. What is it about Calgary that you like?
It is a really positive city and super family friendly which is great because we have two small boys. 

5. What do you like to do for fun?
Fun is usually centred around the kids: tobogganing, play centres and swimming.  When my husband and I get a chance we like to go to movies and go out for dinner.

6. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
Big city with a small town feel.  Everyone is really friendly

7. Have you ever ridden a horse?
Not since I was a kid.

8. Anything you’d like to add?
I’m married to the photographer and I think he’s the most amazing and talented person I know!

A Burst of Color

Here is another shot from the streets of Calgary. This girl just stood out to me because of her cool sweater. She was a burst of color in a sea of regular jackets and hoodies. I don’t know who makes that sweater, but it’s great!

Note: This photo was shot at f2 with a Canon 135mm L. The picture was cropped and would have had better bokeh if I was closer to the subject. 

Girl on 7th Calgary - Rob Moses Photography

Camera: Canon 5Diii & 135L – Settings: 1/1000 // f2 // ISO 100

I will be hitting the streets again tonight to try and find another stranger to talk to about Calgary. Hopefully it goes as well as it did last time 🙂

Nathan – Nicest Person Thus Far

My quest to find Calgary people to talk to about the city had gone smoother than it ever has tonight. I went downtown to a place called Eau Claire Market. It is a mall type place, but with more of a community feel. It has a lot of open area for sitting, coffee shops, restaurants, an art gallery, movie theatre gym and a bunch of random shops. It was there that I ran into Nathan. Amazingly he was the first person I approached about the blog, he was super nice and happy to talk to me. He did let me know he had only been living in Calgary for a year before we got started and I assured him that was just fine as I too had only been here a year :).

Thank you for being such a nice guy Nathan!

Nathan - Calgary People - Rob Moses Photography

Camera: Canon 1DiiN & 50L – Settings: 1/200th // f1.2 // ISO 640

1. Where are you from?
From Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean.

2. Why did you moved to Calgary of all places?
I went to school in Montreal and then I was looking for jobs and I came out west.

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
Love! Yes Calgary’s a good place.

4. What do you like to do for fun?
I am doing some volunteering at the Y right now. And aside from that, working out, going out for drinks with friends, relaxing watching movies, the usual stuff. 

5. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
I’d say it is probably the most emerging, booming city in the western hemisphere. It’s amazing the possibilities you can have out here, it’s really nice.

6. Have you ever ridden a horse?
Yes, I fell off but yes haha.

7. Anything you’d like to add?
Ah no, I’m glad that I ran into you. This is Random, but I love it!

New Name & Domain

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Some of you may have noticed the name of this blog has recently changed. After doing a very unscientific poll with my friends on Facebook I have found most people prefer the new and current name “The People of Calgary” over the old “Calgary People” name. I have also registered the domain name http://www.thePeopleofCalgary.com. The old address still works, but this one is a little easier to remember for people who are not on wordpress.