Ryan – 10@10 Hip Hop in Calgary

A DJ friend of mine (Mista Wilson) set up an introduction to Ryan through his friend Marie. I met Marie and Ryan in front of the Ubu Lounge a little before people starting showing up for a hip hop night that Ryan and his friends put on. Ryan told me a little bit about the night and showed me around the venue quickly. After a quick look around Ryan and I went back to the street to conduct our interview. Here is what he had say!
* A few more photos from the night follow the interview.

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Camera: Canon 5Diii & 50L – Settings: 1/320th // f1.2 // ISO 400

1. Where are you from?
I’m from Calgary

2. Have you lived here all your life?
I was born in Calgary

3. Nice.  Do you like living in Calgary?
Yeah, I enjoy living in Calgary.

4. What is it about Calgary that you like?
Well, like, even with a lot of other Canadians too who are like born and raised somewhere else, like, there’s a lot of nostalgic feeling for the place where you were born, and the place where you are familiar with , like most of my friends.  For me that’s Calgary.

5. What do you like to do for fun?
I like to listen to music, watch sports, chill with the hommies.

6. So you are putting on this night.  Why don’t you tell me a bit about the night that we are at? How did it start?
It started as an idea from my boy Rock Media about creating a night where we invite 10 local hip hop acts down to do quick sets and kinda like a sign up and open mic format.  And it started with that and the way it grew from that point which is just kinda natural within itself.

7. How long have you guys been doing this night?
I believe this is our 24th month or 22nd month? I’m off on that one so I don’t know

Rob: Around there!

Around there, if that (Laughter)

8. So has it always been done here?
Yeah,  it’s always been done here at the Ubu Lounge here in Theatre Grand.

9. How long do you plan to do this night?  Is it gonna be a long standing thing?
Um, you know at this point…It’s not even the foresight, you know.  We never even thought it’d be this long. At the same time, it’s hard to envision local hip hop without it.

10. So what else is happening in the City as far as the hip hop community goes?
I don’t know, but from 10 @ 10 being a hub, it’s kinda nice to see like, as you invite more artists down to perform, it’s different artists meeting other artists, and different visual artists meeting other visual artists or photographers meeting artists as well, ya know. And then seeing the collaborations even from the events.  Seeing, you know, an act from one month, with an act from a different month doing a song together and your seeing kinda like those kinda fruitations of the culture. It’s showing more growth and you know than whats within the realm of my reach.  Cause there could still be great stuff being created anywhere, but if I’m not hearing it is it my hip hop or no?

11. So how do you get the acts?
People who attend kinda see what we’re doing and how it’s being done.  And they send us an e-mail at 10at10showcase@gmail.com or they hit us up on twitter @10at10calgary.  And then we ask them to send us a set list some links to their media and they we just kinda go through the email list.  And we do try to give everyone an opportunity to perform, so at all levels we encourage people to send music in.

12. Alright cool. So if you had to describe Calgary to someone what would you say?
It’s hard to describe, because I’m not even a travelled guy too much.  I travelled a little bit and it really opened up my eyes about what the world is like.  But Calgary’s just like, Midwest, big city with small town hospitality and that’s pretty much it.

13. Is there anything else you can think of that you’d like to add, that people might want to know about your night?
Since the conception of this, we’ve actually ran this free of charge for almost over a year and a half now.  So it’s just here to develop the hip hop community of Calgary.  We’re just creating a place where people can practice their craft, promote their craft, and diversify their collaborations coming out of their own art.  So come on down.  Tell your friends who are talented, we don’t have to all be bedroom rappers and producers and not you know, create something as a city.

14. Cool, last question. Have you ever ridden a horse?
Yes I have ridden a horse.

Alright, that’s it!

* Thanks for taking the time to talk to me Ryan! I’ll see you next month 😉 Also, thanks to DJ Mista Wilson & Marie for the introduction to Ryan. I would also like to add that I stuck around for a couple hours to check out the night and it was super good and had a lot of cool people attending. 10@10 is definitely worth checking out!

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Dwyane – Ontario Guy Turned Fresh Air Loving Cyclist

It doesn’t get any easier finding people for this blog than it did today. I just closed my car door and turned to the sidewalk and saw Dwyane hopping on his bike to go for a little cruise. I politely stopped him and explained to him what I was up to. At first Dwyane was a little reluctant to have his picture taken, but I showed him the website and told him a bit more about it and he gave me an enthusiastic “Lets do it”. This of course made my day 🙂 Here is what Dwyane had to say.

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Camera: Canon 5Diii & 135L – Setting: 1/250th // f2 // ISO 100

1. Where are you from Dwayne?
Ontario. 

2. Why did you moved to Calgary of all places?
Work related.

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
Yes and no. I like living here, it’s just a little expensive. 

4. What do you like about Calgary?
Fresh Air! And the mountains. Ya you can’t beat that man.

5. And what do you like to do for fun? Other than ride your bike?
I like to go up to the mountains, get away from the city. Ya know, just be with nature. You can’t beat that man, it’s beautiful. 

6. If you had to describe Calgary to someone what would you say?
A happening city, a growing city, a new city with potential.

7. Have you ever ridden a horse?
No, YES YES! I have. Not successfully, but I have (laughter).

* One of the coolest things about Dwyane was that after the interview was over he had a few questions for me and we continued our conversation. I kind of wished I was still recording, but either way it was a nice conversation with a nice guy. Thanks Dwyane!

Laetiti – A Nice Girl at Uptown 17th

I went for coffee with a friend of mine today and we hit a couple art galleries. While we were on our way to the coffee shop I saw this girl I thought would be good for the blog, however we had just got downtown and it was not the time, so I didn’t bother asking her. After coffee and checking out a few good galleries, inspiration hit me to find some one for the blog. At first we took a stroll down Stephen Avenue and I asked one girl who looked cool, but she nicely infromed me that she wasn’t from Calgary, nor did she currently live in Calgary, DARN! Our parking was up, so we decided to head across town to Uptown 17th Ave to try our luck.

17th was great! We did a Pepsi taste test and won a couple Pepsi’s :). So with Pepsi’s in hand we started wandering down the street. I asked a couple girls sitting on a bench, but either they didn’t understand english or did not live in Calgary. When asked if they lived here they looked confused and just shook their heads no haha. So we cross the street and who do I see? The first girl I thought to ask all the way across town in the beginning of our outing! So I walk up and tell her what I’m doing and she’s into it! Here is what Laetiti had to say.

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Camera: Canon 5Diii & 135L – Settings: 1/500th // f2 // ISO 100

1. Where are you from?
I’m from here, Calgary.

2. Have you lived here all of your life?
I have, yes.

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
Ah ya in general.

4. What is it about Calgary that you like?
I like how it’s close to the Rockies, it’s got a lot of nature. People aren’t as nice here as other places, but in general their pretty nice. It’s got some cool neighbourhoods.

5. What do you like to do for fun?
I like hiking a lot, I like running, I like calculus & cooking.

Rob: Calculus! Nice 🙂

6. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
Umm, does it have to be good or?

Rob: No it could be whatever, whatever you think, whatever you would say to somebody.

Laetiti: I think it’s a trending city with a lot of things happening. Probably in the next 10 years it’ll be an even better city than it is.

7. Have you ever ridden a horse?
I have not.

Thank you for talking to me Laetiti! 😉

Can’t Miss That

Yesterday there was a street festival in the city of Calgary. It was called The Lilac Festival and took over almost half of a downtown street! I’m not sure how many blocks it was, but it was massive! I went down and had my camera along (as always) in the hopes I might find some one for this blog. I had planned to meet up with some one from Twitter, but it didn’t work out and in the end I was happy enuf to shoot a some street shots. Here is my favourite one from the day. You could miss this girl walking down the street with that dress on! I love bright colorful clothing like that for street photography shots, it just commands your attention, well it does mine anyhow 😉

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Camera: Canon 5Diii & 50L – Settings: 1/4000th // f1.2 // ISO 100 (this photo was cropped)

Thanks for stopping by, Rob

Laura & Kyle – 2 Cool People I Met Behind a Pub

I met these two quite a while back but never got to posting their interview because the picture didn’t turn out. I guess I should check my shots a little closer in these types of situations haha. Anyhow, they were really nice so I decided to post it anyway, sorry for the poor picture quality guys!

So one night when I was walking around the Eau Clair Market area downtown looking for people for this blog I saw these two behind a pub that is by the market. They seemed to be having quite the little chat, but at this point in my night I had been turned down twice already and I was determined, so I interrupted them as nicely as I could and explained to them what I was doing. Clearly they agreed to talk to me and here is what they had to say 🙂

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1. Where are you from?
– Laura: Nova Scotia

– Rob: BC

2. Why did you move to Calgary of all places?
– Laura: I was tired of Nova Scotia and I came out to work in the mountains for the summer and I ended up loving it and all my friends followed me out here, so I stayed and I love it!  

– Rob: My girlfriend at the time lived here so that kinda ment I had to live here (laughter).

– ME: Ok, well that makes sense haha.

– Rob: School as well, but you know haha. 

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
– Rob: As opposed to where I was living before? or just in general? 

ME: Just in general.

– Rob: Ya, it’s nice.

– Laura: I also love it, lost of good music scenes, good people, mountains, awesome! 

4. What do you like to do for fun?
– Laura: Go to the Ship & Anchor and drink pints! (laughter).

ME: Nice!

– Rob: I don’t really have fun, sooo?

– Laura: He’s in school. (laughter)

ME: Darn! haha.

5. If you had to describe Calgary to someone, what would you say?
– Rob: Oooooh, ummm, to be honest I’d say it’s flat and windy and brown or white, one of the two and that would be how I would describe it.

ME: That is an accurate description (except for summer when Calgary is beautiful), (Laughter).

– Rob: It’s not a very favourable one, but accurate haha.

ME: What would you say Laura?

– Laura: I would say it’s very multi cultural and lots of nice people from all over the world, because Calgary wasn’t as big as it is on it’s own. And lots of opportunity for jobs and just good people. I miss the water though, definitely miss the ocean. 

ME: I also miss the water!

– Laura: Where are you from? 

ME: I am from Vancouver.

– Laura: Ahhh, ya it (Calgary) had a beach it would be perfect.

ME: Totally.

6. Ok so just to wrap this up, have you ever ridden a horse?
– Rob: Mmmm ya. I can’t remember when last, but I know at some point.

ME: Ok, have you (Laura) ever ridding a horse?

– Laura: I have, I used to take ridding lessons and I did in Banff on a trail ride, it was awesome!

7. Nice! Is there anything else you would like to add?
– Laura: It was nice to meet you and we gotta get back to work haha.

– Rob: Flames suck! (Laughter) 

– Laura: GO MONTREAL! 

ME: Thanks guys, I appreciate it!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Reflection of Calgary

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Camera: 5Diii & 50mm 1.8 MK1 – Settings: 25 seconds (tripod) // f22 // ISO 400

Last weekend I went for a little walk through the East Village and into Inglewood along the the riverside. On my way back downtown I walked by this little pond and immediately pictured this photo in my mind. At the time there was a bit of wind and the water wasn’t quite still, but I imagined with the right weather and time of night a good picture was to be had. I went back a few days later when there wasn’t a lot of wind.

When I showed up to shoot the photo the pond was rather still and I was excited. As I made my way down the embankment to get the right spot for the reflection I wanted I heard some splashing. I stopped setting up and watched the pond for a moment to see what was going on. To my surprise more splashing started to occur and then I saw something swimming around, it was a beaver! Although I found this little beaver to be quite amusing and fun to see, now was not the time. The beaver was creating a lot of unwanted ripples in the water. Also the night was falling fast and my window of opportunity was slipping away for the sky I wanted for my picture. So naturally I decided the best course of action would be to try and reason with this non-english speaking animal haha. “Hey beaver, can you please stop swimming and splashing! I only go so much time to get this shot”. Now as ridiculous as that sounds (a grown man in the dead of night talking to a beaver in a pond), it seemed to have worked. He swam around for another few minutes and finally decided to listen to reason and let me shoot my photo.

Thanks Beaver! 😉

James – This Nice Guy from Winnipeg

It’s been a really long time since I posted a person on here, sorry about that guys! Life has just been getting a little busy here in Calgary. Anyhow, the weather is starting to improve a little so I’ll be heading out on the streets of Calgary to find more people for this blog 🙂 Here is a nice guy I met named James and here is what he had to say.

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Camera: Canon 7D & 50mm 1.8 mk1 – Setting: 1/25th // f1.8 // ISO 1600

1. Where are you from?
Originally, I’m from Winnipeg.

2. Why did you moved to Calgary of all places?
Primarily for career, I guess the secondary reason would be I really wanted to get out of Winnipeg.

3. Haha Well that’s a pretty good reason. Do you like living in Calgary?
I absolutely love it! Totally my kind of city.

4. What is it about Calgary that you like?
Everyone seems to be here with a purpose. I think when you talk to people they are usually here for work, their here to make something of them selfs and not really content with the status quo. They always want to push them self a little bit more. I kinda like that about the city, it’s kind of the attitude the city has. There’s a lot going on here and there is plenty to do. The mountains are a short drive away and for me the career opportunities are here.

5. So what is your career? What field are you in, if you don’t mind me asking?
I am in IT, so I deal with unified communications, voice over ID, corporate email systems for corporations, primarily dealing with Microsoft Link and Microsoft Exchange.

6. So do you own your own company or work for some one?
I don’t own my own company, I work for a company called Longview Systems, so I’ll give them a quick shout out.

Rob: Ok cool.

7. If you had to describe Calgary to some one what would you say?
I’d say diverse for starters. Pretty diverse place, energetic & prosperous.

8. So what do you like to do for fun?
For fun I play hockey, I play the guitar, all be it poorly, I golf much the same way I play the guitar.

Random Guy: Your bad at both?

James: I am bad at both, but I enjoy being bad at both.

9. Alright cool, so are you in a band or anything?
No I’m not, no I just play for fun.

10. Do you play hockey for a specific hockey team? Calgary Flames perhaps? haha.
I WISH! Don’t I wish haha. We have a Longview company hockey team that I’ve played for in the past and then usually just shinny with the guys.

11. Have you ever ridden a horse?
I have ridden a horse. The last time I rode horse I was 6 and I got yelled at by my teacher because I was swinging my hat around because I saw them do that on televisions. Apparently that upsets the horse. (Laughter).

12. Anything you’d like to add?
When one door closes another one opens, but thats usually because of the air pressure in the room, so don’t read to much into that haha.

Rob: Haha that was perfect! Thank you 🙂

The City of Calgary

I decided to start adding some pictures of the city of Calgary it self. I thought this might be interesting for some of the readers who have never been to Calgary before. Kind of like putting a face to a voice if you will 🙂 Clearly this photo cuts off a few stories of the buildings directly in front, the reason is I was shooting it from a couple stories up.

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Camera: Canon 7D & 17-40L – Setting: 1/200th // f14 // ISO 400

Thanks for stopping by, Rob

Dusty – Craigslist Connection

A couple months ago I was going to sell one of my camera lenses. I posted the lens on craigslist and got reply from some one rather keen to buy it. Immediately I re-thought selling the lens and decided it would be a good idea to keep the lens around for a back up. Of course this is totally an un-cool thing to do, but the person interested in the lens was totally understanding about the situation and my decistion. That person was Dusty! Over the next couple months we exchanged emails about photography and such. I told Dusty about the blog and asked him if he would be interested in being on it and he was! So here’s what he had to say.

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Camera: Canon 5Diii & 135L – Settings: 1/200th // f2 // ISO 100

1. Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario. But I’ve been in Calgary since 89, so 24 years. I’d say I’m more Calgarian than anything else.

2. Why did you moved to Calgary of all places?
I moved here with my mom and brother when I was 16. She was transferred for work. I started high school at Ernest Manning in grade 11 and loved it! There was so much more to do in Calgary.

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
Love living here. The people are nice, business is good, there are a ton of activities for both the kids and parents. Calgary is so close to the mountains it’s a quick and easy to escape. We are very lucky to have so many things to do and see every day. The parks are absolutely incredible! You can get lost in some of them and they’re in the middle of the city. One of the best aspects of Calgary though is the people, they’re friendly, open minded and respectful.

4. What is it about Calgary that you like?
Calgary is a great place to raise a family, have lots of fun and do your own thing.

5. What do you like to do for fun?
For fun, I like to go swimming and skating in the winter and hit the mountains. Biking, golfing and hit the mountains in the summer. The family really enjoys going to the mountains all year round. There are so many things to see and do. Last year I took my wife white water rafting, it was her first time and she loved it! Lately my passion has been photography. I find as I get older, I need a slower paced hobby haha.

6. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
Big, Calgary is a large city with a wide variety of terrain. If you plan on visiting us, ensure you have access to a car!

7. Have you ever ridden a horse?
I have indeed ridden on a horse once. I was about 5 years old and we went in a circle a few times.

8. Anything you’d like to add?
I would like to say to all of the Calgarians out there reading this or anyone anywhere, get out and enjoy your city. There are so many places to go and things to do in the city. Go, have some fun and meet new people. I did and ended up on this blog haha!

Waiting for Trains

I went out on a street shooting mission today and I got a bunch of good photos that I am happy with. This one is was the very last shot I took before I hopped on the train home and is probably my favourite from the day.

Platform Calgary - Rob Moses Photography

Camera: Canon 7D & 50mm 1.8 mk 1 – Settings: 1/100th // f1.8 // ISO 400

On a fun little side note I bumped in to Kris while I was enjoying a coffee on Stephen Ave. The more I go out and bump into people I know the more I feel like a real Calgarian, dare I say I am becoming one ;).