I was lucky enough to travel to the beautiful country of Iceland recently and was blown away by the landscape there, it was a much needed change from the usual city views! I had been trying to plan a trip out there for quite some time, so when me and a friend won free flights with Wow Air to any of their destinations, Iceland was the obvious choice!
I originally planned on writing 3-4 separate blog posts about my time in Iceland, but I knew I'd be tired of writing them by the 3rd one... so I'm just going to put all 11 days into one post!
Day 1 - Arrival In Iceland, Northern Lights from the plane and Exploring the city of Reykjavik.
Day 2 - "Supposed Snow Storms", First Icelandic Horse Sighting and Cool Cabins.
Day 3 - More Horses, Cats, Cliffs and the Northern Lights
Day 4- A ton of driving and very little shooting
Day 5 - Another day full of driving and not a lot of shooting, as well as our first waterfall! (Goðafoss)
Day 6 - Crazy display of the Northern Lights, Lighthouses, Cabins and more
Day 7 - Churches, Skogafoss at night and Yet another show of the Northern Lights
Day 8 - Rainbows, Waterfalls, Churches and Abandoned plane wrecks for sunrise!
Day 9 - Wicked Concert Hall and Reykjavik Streets again
Days 10 was spent searching for souvenirs and candy that you can't easily find here in Canada anymore, so not really any cool photos from day 10!
Day 11 was spent re-organizing our luggage and such then heading to the airport to fly back home!
Iceland was the most incredible place I have ever been too, which isn't saying a lot since I've only traveled to a few places... but I'm sure if I had traveled more in the past, it would still be up there in the top 3 for sure! If you ever get the chance to go, do it! The food is very expensive, along with the gas... and just about everything else, but if you shop at the right places you can save a bunch of money!
Hope you enjoyed the photos! Planning on releasing a video of some of the footage I filmed while there in the near future!
Before this year, I had never even shot a festival before, only concerts..... but I somehow ended up covering 7 festivals between the months of May-September and I can't complain at all, the vibe and atmosphere at festivals is much much greater than any concert.
The first festival I shot was " Ever After Music Festival" In Kitchener, ON for Into The Crowd Magazine. This was the first year of the Electronic music festival but the line up did not disappoint with acts such as Diplo, Benny Benassi, Flosstradamus and Keys N Krates performing throughout the 2 day event.
Next up Was "Bestival"... A 2 day festival brought from England, for it's first year on the Toronto Islands in Toronto, ON. I shot this one for Beyond The Drop. This was an amazing festival as it featured artists from all types of music genres. In the Bacardi Big Top Tent, we saw artists such as Flosstradamus, Keys N Krates, Rudimental, and SBTRKT. The Bollywood Temple inspired stageplayed home to Dj's such as Bestival Co-Founder Rob Da Bank, Jamie XX and Nicole Moudaber. The main stage was reserved for the live acts that included Nas, Florence and the machine, Alessia Cara and Banks. Besides the 3 larger stages, there was also a DJ booth set up on the Beach connected to the festival grounds for people to enjoy some music while working on their tans. But besides these stages... The Bestival grounds were full of other things to enjoy, such as the inflatable church which held mock weddings between festival goers throughout the weekend, there were giant trees with hammocks and bean-bag chairs and any other comfortable seating option you could think of, and many many more activities to partake it apart from the music itself. Bringing the festival to Toronto was a huge success and I can't wait for next year.
After Bestival came Wayhome... Another first year festival brought over to Canada with the help of Bonnaroo Co-Founder and AC Entertainment president Ashley Capps. This was a 3 day Camping (optional) festival that took place in Oro-Medonte, ON... new home of the Boots and Hearts music festival. This festival was a little different for me as my job for the weekend wasn't to shoot the music, I was working for Somersby and my objective for the weekend was to capture Somersby in whatever way I could throughout the festival. I did decide to shoot just one artist though, which was Kendrick Lamar. Accompanying him throughout the festival were huge acts such as Sam Smith, Neil Young And The Promise Of The Real...who performed a 3 hour set to close out Friday night, as well as Hozier, Brandon Flowers, Bassnectar, Odesza and many many more acts scattered about 4 stages throughout the weekend.
Next was Veld, A huge Electronic Music festival that has taken place in Toronto for the past few years. This was another one I shot for Beyond The Drop. Like every other festival in Toronto this season... the weather was terrible. The first day was postponed for a few hours due to the chance of a storm then the second was cancelled after just a few hours due to an approaching storm which was a good call as the wind, rain, hail and lightning would not have been a good time. Some of the larger acts scheduled for this festival included Dj's like Steve Aoki, Deadmau5 and DVBBS, as well as some live acts including A$AP Rocky and ILoveMakonnen.
The last 3 of the season were Super Crawl In Hamilton, ON( For Indie88)... Time Festival In Toronto, ON (For Beyond The Drop) and TURF (For Myself) also in Toronto, ON. These 3 were a little more relaxing to end off the festival season. Filled with a mixture of Rap/Hip Hop, Folk, Rock, Indie and even some Soul throughout the 3 festivals. Some of my favourite artists from these 3 include Passenger, Sate, Birds Of Bellwoods, Monster Truck and The Avett Brothers.
Huge Shoutout to Into The Crowd Magazine, Beyond The Drop, Indie88 and Somersby for the opportunities this year. Can't wait to do it all again in 2016!
Now that the weather has improved BIG time... I've had more opportunities to get out there and explore my surroundings!
I started off my explorations with some underground exploration... there are many new tunnels being built around the city of Toronto so I went to check those out with some friends of mine. One group up tunnels is for the new Eglinton Crosstown LRT Line:
The other group of tunnels is for the new subway extension being built in the city:
After being underground for a few weeks, I made my return to the rooftops of the city. I decided to return to one of my favorite spots as I heard the construction scaffolding on the roof had been taken down... after climbing 70 stories, I was up there and the view was breathtaking as always!
More photos from my explorations to come soon! Be sure to follow my instagram @Bnewfield to see them before everyone else!
This weekend I finally had the opportunity to travel out to Detroit and capture some photos of the wonderful decay inside of some beautiful places.
Our First stop after crossing the border and meeting up with a friend was what used to be the Detroit Lions football stadium, known as the Silverdome. The Lions stopped using this field many many years back, since than there has been a few attempts to revitalize the stadium but luckily for me (Unlucky for them) it hasn't worked.
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After the stadium, we headed over to an abandoned prison that we heard about. After climbing through some holes in multiple fences, we were in... along with multiple turkeys on the property! The property consisted of many buildings, some seemed to have been designed specifically to hold women/children and some that were more secured, I'm guessing for the more dangerous criminals. Unfortunately I don't know the name of the prison so finding out the history of it is a little hard for me.
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After the prison however, our luck ran out... the other spots we had in mind to try out weren't very accessible anymore so getting in would have been quite the challenge. We walked around the city for a while checking out spots then after not having much luck and remembering the long car ride home ahead of us, we decided to call it a night and head home. But we will be back.
Another concert to add to the list. On march 17th, I had the opportunity to shoot the Fifth Harmony concert at the Sound Academy in Toronto, ON.
Fifth Harmony started their career on the vocal talent show, X-factor. They were originally 5 separate artists, but were brought together as a group by Simon Cowell who wanted to give them another chance... and it worked!
Opening for Fifth Harmony was an artist by the name of Jacob Whitesides, who's rise to fame was created completely on his own using youtube as his platform to share his covers of well known songs. Those covers quickly turned into huge hits and his social media presence grew world ride. Jacob also tried out for the X-factor but only made it through one round before being eliminated, pushing him even harder to make it on his own.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a big fan of exploring abandoned spaces. I recently went on a little road trip with a few friends and checked out a few spots in between Whitby and London, ON.
Our first stop was Tower Automotive, an abandoned factory just outside of the Downtown Core of Toronto. We made sure we arrived there for 7am so we can be up on the roof to capture the sunrise. Unfortunately there wasn't much of a sunrise, but it was still a great view.
After Tower Automotive we headed out to Hamilton to check out an abandoned church which was unfortunately locked up. Instead we decided to just photograph some stuff outside of the church.
After that, we continued onto an abandoned psych ward of a hospital, as well as an abandoned biscuit factory in London. We attempted a very large abandoned hospital but had no luck. Overall great day and I can't wait to do it again!
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On Thursday March 5th, I had the opportunity to photograph The Arkells concert in Peterborough. They had given me all access to everywhere in the venue (besides one certain balcony) including the dressing room as well as the stage. I generally have to shoot concerts from the crowd area in front of the stage so this was definitely an interesting experience for me.
Though I couldn't get around the balconies too much due to all the people, I did still manage to get some great shots from the stage as well as some of the side balconies! I got to the venue for soundcheck so I got to watch that, as well as meet The Arkells and their opening band Dear Rouge. Overall great night, and I'd say I got some solid shots!