Alley Reflection

Here’s a street shot that I posted on my Rob Moses Photography blog 🙂 I’ll have a new interview up next.

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More about this picture here: Alley Reflection.

Thanks for stopping by, Rob

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DJ Jimmi Riggz – Calgary Turntablist

I met Greg (aka Jimmi Riggz) at the 10@10 hip hop night I went to last month. After Greg’s set was over he made is way over to the bar and my table wasn’t far off. So I jumped up started to chat with him and told him about this blog, to my surprise he said he had heard of it! I asked him if he would be up for a quick interview and he was down. My conversation with Greg had a lot of laughs which made it one of the most fun interviews to date :). Here’s what Greg AKA Jimmi Riggz had to say.

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Camera: Canon 5Diii & 50L – Setting: 1/8000th // f1.2 // ISO 10,000
*Note: I could have put the iso down for this particular shot, but I was shooting in many different lighting situations quickly due to the stage lighting and other lighting in the venue, so I just left it at 10000 to ensure sharp photos.

1. Alright so what’s your name ?
My real name is Greg and my stage name is “Jimmi Riggz”.

2. So where are you from ?
Originally I’m from Dundas, Ontario and I moved out here 6 years ago and I’ve been in Calgary pretty much ever since.

3. Why did you move to Calgary of all places ?
Well originally I moved to Jasper and then it was like, your not going any where, your having fun but your going any where. (laughter)

4. Do you like living in Calgary ?
Ya, I like it for lots of reasons. You know obviously works good and then the (hip hop) scene’s pretty good for the most part. And I like it because it’s close to mountains and all that jazz. So like if you wanna get away for the weekend your just an hour or 2 away from dope spots.

5. So what do you like to do for fun ?
I like skateboarding, I like DJ’ing, I like just getting out camping, whatever, exploring seeing new things and chill’n.

6. So if you had to describe Calgary to someone what would you say ?
I would say it’s a good spot. If you want to get away from your whereabouts and want to meet likeminded people it’s the perfect spot to go because 90% of the people you meet are not from Calgary and at some point in their life, in all our lives we have the same thought of “Hey I need to get out of here”. So in that way when you meet someone you almost have something in common with them right away. So you meet a lot of nice people who at one point in their life where in the same mentality as you, which I like.

Rob: Hey that’s so true, awesome! I love it, I love it.

7. What else do you think the city has to offer for someone just coming to the city for the first time ?
Well theres great opportunities, I mean if your looking for work there is plenty of that. There’s good schools, there’s U of C, there’s SAIT . . . (pause), Ummm, I don’t even know the rest, I didn’t even go to school here man (laughter).

8. So how did you hear about this night and how did you get involved with it ?
Well I heard about it awhile back and I don’t know, I got at Beni cuz I seen videos on youtube and whatever and just heard it was a good place to meet people, network and I don’t know, some real (hip hop)heads that are into music here so I thought why not check this place out. Then I was talking with Beni and they don’t get very many turntablists through here so he was on board to have me out, so here I am.

Random Guy: Yo! You put on a good show buddy!

Greg: Thanks man, thank you.

9. Alright that’s cool, so is there anything else you’d like to add ? Like do you have a website or anything like that people can find you at ?
Naw.

Rob: Twitter ?
Greg: Naw haha.

Rob: Anything ?
Greg: Naw.

Rob: Nothing! ?
Greg: Haha naw I don’t, I’m old school. (laughter)

10. Well have you ever ridden a horse ?
No.

Rob: That’s it!
Greg: Alright. . . I almost did! can I put that?

Rob: Haha ya, how did you almost ride a horse ?
Greg: Well I was supposed too, but then it just never happen. We were up at the ranch and then it just never happen.

Rob: Haha why ? Why didn’t it happen ? You got scared ?
Greg: I dont know, I think we got drunk. (laughter)

Rob: Haha ok, well that’s good. You don’t want to ride a horse drunk. (laughter)

Greg: You don’t have to put that in haha.

Rob: No I’m definitely gonna put that in! (laughter).

Thanks taking the time to talk to me Greg! And that guy who interrupted the interview was right, you put on a good show! 😉

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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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 😉

Woman Girls - People of Calgary - Street Photography - Rob Moses famous photographer
Camera: Canon 5Diii & 50L – Settings: 1/4000th // f1.2 // ISO 100 (this photo was cropped)

Thanks for stopping by, Rob

Robin – Short & Sweet

Haha Ok, if you have read this blog for the past few weeks then you might find this interview a little amusing. I’ll leave it at that for now and fill you in on who exactly Robin is after the interview. Some of you more clever people might be able to guess who she might be. Here is what Robin had to say.

Robin - People of Calgary - Rob Moses Photography
Camera: Canon 1DiiN & 50L – Settings: 1/25th // f1.2 // ISO 800

1. Where are you from?
Calgary.

2. Have you lived here all your life?
No. (Robin is originally from Nova Scotia, Canada)

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
Yes I do.

4. What do you like to do for fun?
I like to mountain bike.

5. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
It’s a friendly place to meet friendly people.

6. Have you ever ridden a horse?
Yes. 

7. Anything you’d like to add?
No.

So if that interview sounded a little familiar there are two reasons for that. One, it contains only a selection of the standard questions (interview took place before I decided to switch up the format a bit) and two, it had the exact same vibe as the “Quick Answer Kris” interview. Funny thing is, Robin is Kris’s girlfriend! haha. I found the similarities in answering style rather amusing 🙂

Thanks Robin!

*It should be noted that this picture does Robin no justice.

Kris – Quick Answer Kris

The other night I met up with an old friend of mine from Vancouver who currently lives in Calgary and he introduced me to his friend Kris. I mentioned the blog and he agreed to answer a few of my questions. His answers are short and to the point. Nothing wrong with that haha 🙂

Thanks Kris!

* When I first started this blog I came up with a set of standard questions that I was going to use for everyone, but since I started doing it I feel like the blog will be better served to use those questions as more of a loose outline rather than standard questions. So from here on out I will be doing that. Here’s one of the last interviews with only those standard questions.

Kris 2 - People of Calgary Blog - Rob Moses Photography
Camera: Canon 1DiiN & 50L – Settings: 1/15th // f1.2 // ISO 800

1. Where are you from?
Peace River.

2. Why did you moved to Calgary of all places?
Dad got transferred.

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
Oh ya!

4. What do you like to do for fun?
Mountain Bike.

5. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
Versatile.

6. Have you ever ridden a horse?
Yup! 

7. Anything you’d like to add?
Mountains Rule!

Taylor – Serving the People & Dancing

Taylor was a server at a restaurant some friends and I recently attended. When I saw she had a brief moment to spare I asked her if she would be interested in answering a few quick questions for the blog. Clearly she was good with it and here is what she had to say.
(Note: a bit of a tuff lighting situation going on in this photo and I wouldn’t recommend shooting handheld at such a low shutter speed unless using an IS lens.)

Taylor girl - People of Calgary - Rob Moses Photography
Camera: Canon 1DiiN & 50L – Settings: 1/40th // f1.2 // ISO 800

1. Where are you from?
Calgary.

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

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
For the most part I do.

4. What is it about Calgary that you like?
Well since I have been here my whole life, I really like that I know my way around every where and I really like the downtown area, it’s a fun lively place to be.

5. What do you like to do for fun?
I’m a dancer so dance I guess (laughter).

6. What type of dancing do you do?
Tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, modern, contemporary.

7. Are you part of a dance company right now? Like a contemporary company?
Not right now, now.

8. Is that something that you are interested in doing?
Maybe in the future, not right now

9. Have you ever ridden a horse?
Yes.

10. Anything you’d like to add?
No.

– Thanks for talking to me Taylor!

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! 🙂

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!

Bashar – Calgary is Multicultural

After being turned down for chat by another person I caught Bashar walking into a subway station near my house. I told him about the blog and asked him if he would be kind enuf to answer a few questions about Calgary for me. Clearly he was up for it and gave a me a few minutes of his time. Thank you Bashar! 🙂

Calgary People - Bashar - Rob Moses Photography

Camera: Canon 5Diii & 50L – Settings: 1/320 // f1.2 // ISO 2500

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

2. Have you lived here all of your life?
No, I have lived here for a few years.

3. Why did you moved to Calgary of all places?
Calgary is normally economically the best city in Canada. I think it is the best reason to come to Calgary and to stay in Calgary. Another more important point is all of Canada is multicultural, but especially Calgary I find is a very multicultural City.

4. Do you like living in Calgary?
Yes I do.

5. What do you like to do for fun?
Normally life is all fun if somebody would like to have fun.

6. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
Calgary has mostly positive points, but also some negative points, just like any where else. We have here a cold winter, but it’s not along time. Calgary is a good city, nice city, a quite city and peaceful. It is a safe city and not dangerous.

7. Have you ever ridden a horse?
Myself no, but my parents and grandparents, they have.