The Talented Photographers of Victoria - Part 1

If you’d like to submit any of your own Victorian photography to share with us, please feel free to do so! You could also tag your Instagram photos with #ExploreVictoria or send them to us via Facebook message.

THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHERS – WE APPRECIATE YOU! PART 2 TO COME!

Over the years, we at Destination Greater Victoria share an immense amount of gratitude to our local photographers who capture our beautiful city.  To everyone who has taken to the streets to snap and share a picture of Victoria, you have our thanks. Your stunning imagery has helped pull us through a challenging time in our tourism industry, and has inspired excitement about Victoria around the world.

We share local photography every day on our Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook channels. Our feeds are a compilation of content we curate, from content you all create. With so many wonderful experiences and moments, we love being able to tap into the different perspectives across the community, cityscape, and landscape.

There are a handful of photographers who are frequently featured in our feeds. Now’s your chance to get to know the artists behind the images!

If you enjoy our social channels (we sure hope you do!), we invite you to take a deeper look into these artists’ work, and perhaps send them an appreciative message if you like what you see!  For any aspiring photographers, we hope this will inspire you to take to these Victorian locations yourself. Without further adieu, enjoy Going Local’s first photographer feature!

Header Photograph taken by Anna Lyubakova, @photo.lyubanna

Graham – @GrahamWhat

Instagram: @grahamwhat
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grahamwhat
Website: www.grahamwhat.com  

“Hi, my name is Graham, but my friends call me G. I am a commercial, lifestyle and portrait photographer (with a healthy dose of landscapes thrown in for good measure) based out of Victoria, BC, Canada. It is a truly incredible location to call home, with both stunning alpine landscapes and some of the finest untouched beaches in Canada or the world. When I’m not out capturing images for clients or personal projects, I can be found chasing sticks with my blue-eyed pup Harley or on a constant search for the perfect sushi restaurant with an extensive saké menu.

Photography has been both my calling and my profession for quite some time now. I don’t photograph subjects as much as I photograph how they make me feel. Every image I shoot, my aim and my assumption is that perfection is achievable. My objective with every image I take is to provoke an emotion, a feeling or a memory. I want my images to feel like a song drenched in reverb.”
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Impeccable work, Graham!  We’d love to recommend some sushi places in town that may just end your search: check out Sen Zushi Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, E:Ne Raw Food & Sake Bar, and Park’s Kitchen.   Check out more of Graham’s work on his Instagram and photography website!

Adam Sass, or @SassAdam as he is known in the realm of Instagram, is a local photographer who is greatly inspired by the exquisite beauty of our wonderful city. Being self taught, he is always learning and expanding his collection by honing his craft. He holds a passion for showcasing an eclectic mixture of urban, nature, and wildlife photography through soulful, vibrant captures. Photography has been a means to express himself creatively and share the world through his lens.

The above photograph of the bald eagle was taken at Goldstream Provincial Park, which sees a great number of these raptors during Salmon-Run season in autumn. The below photograph is of Victoria’s Parliament buildings.  Some great local hotels to stay at if you want to be near this stunning scene are Hotel Grand Pacific or Embassy Inn

Anna Lyubakova

Instagram: @photo.lyubanna

Nature is unfiltered beauty. It does not seek the perception of perfection in the eyes of the observer. It is genuine. Composition is a critical factor in Anna’s work, acknowledging that beauty can be observed in everything from the magnificent to the mundane. The expression of reality through skillful visual communication is one that can bring enlightenment and joy to others, a realization that continues to encourage Anna’s artistic journey.

The above foggy photograph of Fisherman’s Wharf is so immersive, it feels like we’re really walking there!  We are immediately reminded of a day out at Barb’s Fish and Chips or excitedly signing up for a whale-watching excursion with Eagle Wing Tours.  The below photograph is taken of Victoria’s Inner Harbour a few years back. 

Tyler Cave

Instagram: @tylermcave
Website: www.tylercave.com

Tyler Cave is an award-winning professional videographer and photographer who was born and raised in Victoria, BC. He enjoys capturing the many ways people can explore, adventure, and enjoy the outdoors. Tyler loves sharing experiences with the world through photography and videography. His favourite places to photograph in Greater Victoria include Goldstream Provincial Park and areas along Dallas Road. To check out Tyler’s work, visit his website at www.tylercave.com or his Instagram account @tylermcave.

The above photo of Legislature takes our breath away, and doubles as a stunning display of our city’s florals. When you’re in the area, be sure to check out Floyd’s Diner for brunch or lunch, or the beautiful grounds of Pendray Inn & Teahouse. The below blooming photo was taken on Quadra Street – home of the delightfully comforting Caffé Fantastico. It’s the perfect place to grab a latte while you go on your next cherry blossom photography walk.

Dylan – @BetterwithAdventure

Instagram: @betterwithadventure

Dylan (aka @betterwithadventure) was born and raised in Victoria, and proudly shares his cityscape and landscape photography from Victoria, and all over Vancouver Island. As a mental health advocate, Dylan uses his photography to inspire others to get outside and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. To enjoy Dylan’s blend of life and photography, please visit his profile on Instagram.

Dylan’s above photo was taken at Beacon Hill Park, a charming location for ornithologists, photographers, and families alike.  The Beacon Hill Children’s Farm just re-opened for their season yesterday, showing off their adorable baby goats from 10am-4pm daily!  The below photo was taken at Royal Roads University’s grounds near Hatley Castle in the fall.

Murray Sharratt delights thousands on Vancouver Island with his premier-quality landscapes, seascapes and astrophotography. Murray shoots with premium camera equipment: Canon 7D Mark II, and the full-frame Canon 6D.  He embraces advanced techniques to create interesting and dramatic images. For example, he enjoys longer exposures, which can smooth out stormy seas, and accentuate dynamic patterns and movement in the sky.

Murray’s above composition was taken at Esquimalt Lagoon, featuring the iconic Fisgard Lighthouse in the backdrop behind the impressive driftwood art that area is known for. The below sunset was captured on top of Bear Mountain, a great neighbourhood near plenty of beautiful hiking trails that border Goldstream Provincial Park.

Matt – @Work_the_Angle
 

Instagram: @work_the_angle
Website: https://society6.com/rotatingvoodoo/prints?sort=new

“My name is Matt aka Work the Angle. I try to provide moments of calm through nature.  I often wander through various local gardens in Victoria trying to capture flowers, leaves and other plants.  My work hopefully shows that there’s so much beauty all around us and that you really don’t have to go to far to experience it.  Photography has provided me a way to meditate while getting some fresh air at the same time.”

We love Matt’s style – moody, macro, and unique. If his work inspires you to try your hand at floral photography, we’d like to recommend visiting The Gardens at HCP or the Abkhazi Garden.

If you’d like to submit any of your own Victorian photography to share with us, please feel free to do so! You could also tag your Instagram photos with #ExploreVictoria or send them to us via Facebook message.

THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHERS – WE APPRECIATE YOU! PART 2 TO COME!

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