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About Syv Ritch

Syv Ritch Hi,

My name is Syv Ritch. Syv is pronounced like 'sieve' but instead of a long 'ie' it's a short one.

I'm located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It's on Canada's West Coast. It's a beautiful place nested between the Pacific Ocean and the mountains, the Cascades to the East and the North Shore mountains.

I started in photography in the late 1960s. My first camera was a Kodak 126 Instamatic. I took black and white photos of cars and photos of my friends. Then I sold my friends' photographs to their mothers, that was my first foray in the business of being a photographer: “Who's your customer?”.

My first “real” camera was a Fujica ST701 in the early 1970s. Then in the early 80s, I took a 17 years hiatus before going back to photography. I started this website in the spring of 2008. A large part of my photography “wisdom”, aka pounding the pavement, is in this website.

I'm currently working on pet photography and local travel/destinations.

Syv Ritch
604-432-6554
Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4R3
Canada
syv@foto-biz.com

North of 60: The Misery

Years ago, I decided not to photograph misery. I know misery, I've seen misery since I was a kid, my father worked in one of the most “run down” street in Paris with alcohol and prostitution. Every week, I am in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside, the poorest postal code in North America (Canada and the US) and take photos of people's cat and dogs, you can see the gallery at http://photos.foto-biz.com/Animals/Downtown-Eastside.

I even saw one guy prowling the “misery area” in Vancouver with a 500mm on his APS-C camera. He said that he wanted to make it look more natural. Yeah! He didn't have the “balls” to talk to the people and ask for their permission.

Iqaluit: The Old Cemetery This is the “old” cemetery of Iqaluit. It was a June Sunday morning, cold and foggy. I know that cemeteries are not supposed to be fun places but this one is one of the worst. Many, many of the people buried are children. I didn't count them all, but I would not be surprised if it was half of the people in the cemetery.iqaluit-20120610-a-pano_fused.jpg — ©2012 Syv Ritch -- foto-biz.com: http://www.foto-biz.com/usageterms
Iqaluit Cemetery   click on image for gallery</font size>

This is the “old” cemetery of Iqaluit. It was a Sunday morning, cold and foggy. I know that cemeteries are not fun places but this one is one of the worst. Many, many of the people buried there are children. I didn't count them all, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was half of the people buried in the cemetery. TB, smoking, alcohol, suicide... even for kids.

These are houses on top of the hill.

North of 60: The 45 Minutes Expedition

The Hudson's Bay Trading Post This is literally the end of civilization for the next 4000 kilometers. There is nothing North of this point. The next inhabited land is either Russia, Norway or Finland.iqaluit-20120620-c-pano_fused.jpg — ©2012 Syv Ritch -- foto-biz.com: http://www.foto-biz.com/usageterms

The Hudson Bay's First Trading Post in the Eastern Arctic    click on image for gallery</font size>

On Sunday, June 17th, the “Boss” and I decided to go and do some exploring. The weather forecast for the day was:

North of 60: Tomatoes

Many, many moons ago, I was a fan of Fred Astaire (real name: Frederick Austerlitz). I loved his musicals. He had a duet with Ginger Rogers (real name: Virginia McMath). “You say Potatoe, I say Potato. You say Tomatoe, I say Tomato…”

Nowhere in the song does it say $5.19 per tomato, but North of 60, it's a sale!

 $5.19 per tomato and it's a sale. Food is very expensive in the Arctic. All fresh food needs to be flown in.iqaluit-20120611-0332.jpg — ©2012 Syv Ritch -- foto-biz.com: http://www.foto-biz.com/usageterms
Tomatoes $5.19 Each   click on image for gallery</font size>

Iqaluit is a very isolate place:

North of 60: Man in Black

Man in black in the Snow This was Saturday 9-Jun-2012 and it's me in the snow in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. I'm the man in black. Black boots, black jeans, black jacket, black ThinkTank Streetwalker HardDrive. What's missing? The black underwear and the black socks.   * I did not take this snapshot. This was done by the boss with her Canon G5 in JPEG.   *  When we left, there was a little bit of rain then the temperature started to drop like a stone. The rain started to become freezing rain, then snow. An hour later, the snow became a blizzard, snow and winds of 60+km/hr or 40+miles/hr.    * Notice the ThinkTank Streetwalker and the monster zippers at the bottom right.  By keeping the zippers there, nothing got in and I didn't use the official rain cover.iqaluit-man-in-black.jpg — ©2012 Syv Ritch -- foto-biz.com: http://www.foto-biz.com/usageterms

North of 60: Man in Black   click on image for gallery</font size>

This was Saturday 9-Jun-2012 and it's me in the snow in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. I'm the man in black. Black boots, black jeans, black jacket, black ThinkTank Streetwalker HardDrive. What's missing? The black underwear and the black socks.

  1. I did not take this snapshot. This was done by “the boss” with her Canon G5 in JPEG mode.
  2. When we left, there was a little bit of rain then the temperature started to drop like a stone. The rain started to become freezing rain, then snow. An hour later, the snow became a blizzard, snow and winds of 60+km/hr or 40+miles/hr.
  3. Notice the ThinkTank Streetwalker and the monster zippers at the bottom right. By keeping the zippers at the bottom, neither rain nor snow got in and I didn't use the “official” rain cover.

North of 60: The Cold

This was a very eventful flight to Iqaluit. First it took 2 days to fly to one end of Canada, the west, to another end of Canada, the north. When in the north, the pilot did not know if he could land, between the fog and the 50+km/hr (35+ miles per hour) side winds. The flight to the north was very “bumpy.” Some of the passengers were holding for dear life on the seats and the side arms.

It is cold and very windy. Did I mention that it's cold. Not only it's cold outside, the “killer” is the wind chill. What do they call it wind chill? There is no chill, it's wind freeze.

My first view of Iqaluit, Nunavut My first view of Iqaluit, Nunavut. This was a wet and foggy day, the first day of June! The white patches are the left overs of the snow.It's not just cold, the main problem is the wind. The winds go from 10 km/h to 60 km/h, that's around 5 miles/hr to 40 miles per hour. The wind chill factor drops the temperature another 20 degrees. June 1st and the high was 32°F or 0°C before the windchill factor.iqaluit-20120601-0305.jpg — ©2012 Syv Ritch -- foto-biz.com: http://www.foto-biz.com/usageterms

My first view of Iqaluit, Nunavut   click on image for gallery</font size>

North of 60: The Beach

Iqaluit -- The Beach in June!

North of 60: The Beach in Iqaluit on June 1st   click on image for gallery</font size>

The beach is supposed to be for playing volley-ball, suntanning, sand... not for parking skidoos. In most places, the waterfront is the most expensive property, not in Iqaluit. The waterfront is even foggier and colder than the rest of the town. The region is called the Eastern Arctic. Where is global warming when I need it?

North of 60

I am away on Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada. Where the hell is that? Definitely not hell, it's too cold. It's Canada's North, just above New York City, almost three thousand miles north of New York City, two thousand+ kilometers north of Ottawa.

Baffin Island is a “small” island that is part of Nunavut. Nunavut is the same size as California plus Oregon plus Washington State plus Idaho and a chunk of Nevada. Baffin Island, itself, is the same size as Oregon. The place is huge. The largest town is called Iqaluit, grand total population: six thousand people. The nearest town is only a 800 km/500 miles away, and no road.

I do not know how much or if I will be able to update my websites.

Baffin Island with Europe and US

Baffin Island with Europe and US

Happy New Year 2012

Happy New Year 2012. I hope that you had a merry Xmas and a happy New Year. It's the first post of the year, so I send myself flowers and say how great I am:

I spend a lot of time creating and updating foto-biz.

  • There are 1120 posts in almost 1360 days, that's a little bit less than 4 years → 300 posts per year. It usually takes me between ¾ to 1½ hour to write a post. The quality of the writing is improving, eventually…
  • In January 2011, Google's Page Rank was 2. In December 2011, Google's Page Rank is 4.

Merry Xmas 2011 and Happy New Year 2012



Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I will see you back on Tuesday 3-Jan-2012.

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