Continuing our #designedtomove series, this week we spoke to Gaby James, an adventurous, spirited photographer who's taking the Canadian Rockies by storm, with her GoPro in hand to capture every moment. After seeing her ethereal photographs and recognizing her passion for the outdoors, we reached out to her and she shared her motivations, inspirations and goals as a photographer.
Where is home?
Home is Canmore AB, located in the bow valley in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. It's my definition of that perfect town with a lot of wild cute bunnies all over.
What do you do in your spare time?
I run a women's non profit called Dirt Barbies, I'm a product tester for various companies and I'm a photographer.
When did you first know that you wanted to become a photographer?
When I got my first iPhone, it was at a pivotal point in my life, I was in Texas fresh out of high school, having no idea what I wanted to do. When I started driving around the US solo with only my iPhone to capture what I saw, never did I think that an iPhone could capture such a moment.
Who were the first artists/photographers to inspire you?
Well I'm not sure who they actually were; BIC lighters came out with a set of nature scenery lighters. Even though I was never a smoker, I started collecting these lighters and my goal was to take photos of these lighters in the scenery they were taken at. I would sit in my closet for hours and hours just staring at these lighters dreaming of travels and adventures and everything I wanted to my life to be. Eventually I even made it to every single scenery and took a photo of the lighter with the scenery.
What do you want people to take away from your work?
Magic. I feel as if so many spend so much time wishing they could see other worlds that they forget their earth is already the most beautiful, magical place we could ever hope or wish for.
Any words of advice for those who want to follow in your footsteps?
Do it for the pure love and fun of capturing a moment.
How would you describe your photography style?
Magical landscapes and mountain life.
Is there a quote that describes you the most?
"Not only did I love her, but I could tell the universe loved her, too. More than others. She was different. After all ; sunshine played with her hair"
Title of a song that describes your personality?
Anything from Christina Perri. That may be a little vague, but I'm a whirlwind of emotions. Miss Perri somehow reaches in and touches my soul.
How do you keep your life interesting?
Whenever I step outside, I can be going up a mountain, or swimming or rock climbing within five minutes. All without even having to drive. There are advantages of living in the alpine!
What keeps you motivated on a daily basis?
My future. I believe all of this right now and what I've done is just training for future things to come; for those I must be as prepared as possible!
How would you describe your style?
Functional. I need to be able to move and be comfortable. I'm a jeans and thin sweater type of gal.
What attracted you to 8120?
The bold and classic styles, and the color palette.
What’s the best way to explore the world around you?
Getting lost and wandering until you discover something new.
Most adventurous thing you’ve done so far?
I spent two years mapping google earth for a urban legends that I had heard of in Texas. I searched at a slow pace, wanting to save this adventure for a certain time. It was when I was leaving Texas that it all came together and I had to find it in order to leave Texas feeling satisfied. I found it and all I can say is it was the most beautiful thing I have yet to ever seen.
Are you working on any upcoming projects? What can we expect in the near future?
Yes I am, with summer coming I've been training all winter to get ready for summer, you can expect a lot of mountains and a whole lot of magic!
What do you love about being a photographer, and what is the most challenging aspect of the job?
The preservation of a moment. It's your own moment, with feelings that you never forget, even years later. The most challenging is getting the lighting right! I never realized the challenge of lighting until I got my professional camera.
What’s your goal as a photographer?
To have a coffee table book. In the age of digital we often forget about print. But I don't think the art of print will ever truly go out!
You can follow Gaby’s adventures and see the rest of her amazing photographs on Instagram at her profile @gabatronix