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Last month I spent a few days in Edmonton on several projects.

One of them consisted of filming the 2013 First Nation Conference for Sustainable Buildings and Communities.

And at some point during the conference, the bands REDDNATION and Asani joined forces to perform their latest duo “Take a Stand” for us.

So as I was filming by myself, I had 2 options on that one:

Either leave the camera on a tripod and catch the whole thing, wide angle style (did anybody say “boring…”?), or grab my camera off the sticks, and run like hell around the singers and dancers while they were performing in order to get as many different angles as possible.


Good thing I like running…

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12:56 pm, by briceferre 1  |  Comments

I am currently working on 3 different projects…

Two of which are about the Aboriginal Communities and the First Nation culture in Alberta and all over Canada.

Every time I get the privilege to work with my Aboriginal clients, I get the chance to witness a little bit of their traditions, round dance, chicken dance, pow wow, bannock testing and such.

And every time I am surrounded by those amazing dancers, all colorful, full of passion, moving with such energy and grace, I think about the odds of a guy like me, who grew up in a small town in France, ending up in Alberta, doing what he loves the most for a living, learning first hand about a culture that, when he was younger, didn’t even know still excited.

Pretty slim…but still, there I was.

Amazing world we live in!

More about these projects very soon.

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  06:07 pm, by briceferre 3  |  Comments

A very dear friend of mine just sent me a message about this photo and it made me realize that maybe I should share it with you as well.

I shot this photo during Aboriginal Day in Edmonton on June 21st 2012. I was working for the great people of Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society and was covering an event put together by the fantastic Lisa Baroldi of Progress Unlimited.

I know I have said this before, but I will say it again because it’s worth remembering:

I am extremely grateful to be able to do what I do for a living, which consists of witnessing and taking photos of amazing people, events and discovering new cultures, communities and traditions every time I am on a new shoot.

Not everybody has the chance of enjoying his/hers work the way I do mine and it’s pretty easy to forget how lucky I am. Specially when working like crazy on 5 different projects at once.

But I’ll let you in on a secret: It’s not really work when it’s the only thing you wanna do when you wake up in the morning. (After having coffee of course.)

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05:45 pm, by briceferre 6  |  Comments

Last week I got the chance to hang out on stage with "A Tribe Called Red".

"A Tribe Called Red" is an all Native American DJ crew from Ottawa, Canada. They remix traditional Pow Wow music with contemporary club sounds.

I have been around quite a few Native round dances and pow-wows lately (and I’m talking about the raw version with just drums and voices) and this is already extremely powerful.

So when Bear Witness, Dan General and Dee Jay NDN bring the computers and electric beats in on top of it, it gets pretty freaking intense.

And guess what? Their album is available FOR FREE here: www.electricpowwow.com

So check them out.

Also you can listen to their music here, and visit their blog here.

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  01:31 pm, by briceferre 3  |  Comments

A few weeks ago, I had never heard of a round dance.

Then I met the amazing people from New in Town Edmonton (Aboriginal Welcome Service).

And part of my work for them was to photograph and film a round dance at the University of Alberta. This is by far one of the most intense experience I’ve had in a long time.

Being in the middle of those men while they chant and drum is truly breathtaking.

If you ever have the chance to witness that yourself, I strongly advice you do so.

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08:55 pm, by briceferre 6  |  Comments

I feel very fortunate to be able to do what I love for a living. I get to meet so many people from different culture while doing my job. I learn so much everyday!

Recently, I’ve been working with the aboriginal community of Edmonton and they taught me so much about, life, love, humility and respect for each other. Such a blessing.

Here are 2 kids from 2 different background, who were playing with me on an event I had to shoot recently.

Those smiles and eyes are one of the reasons I love my job.

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  10:11 pm, by briceferre 6  |  Comments