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From fashion to capturing nostalgia: the diverse photography of Kale Friesen

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Art came easily and naturally to photographer Kale JF. Born in 1981 in Saskatchewan, he knew early on that he was destined to belong to the arts. He loved painting, drawing, and playing music, carrying these interests to Vancouver BC, where he relocated in 2001.

He cultivated these interests and sought new inspiration in Paris, France — and he found it there, when a friend took him to the Cartier-Bresson Foundation one summer afternoon in 2007 and began what would become a dynamic love and passion for the photographic arts.

During his time in Europe, Kale brought his camera everywhere, taking photos of abandoned spaces in France and Belgium.

“Paris became my personal photography school,” he says, “where I shot anything and everything.”

The Paris trip became the catalyst for what would then become his award-winning work in fashion and beauty photography.

It’s certainly  caught the eye of his peers in the photography industry: he has won various awards and accolades for the aesthetic quality of his images. He has also done work for Fujifilm Japan, Absolut Vodka, Shiseido Japan, Goldwell Beauty Products and Lifetime Clothing.

But Kale has not forgotten his roots. He remembers the air show that served as the highlight every summer while he was growing up in Saskatchewan. A recent trip to the Abbotsford Airshow brought back waves of nostalgia for him, and to capture the moment, he brought along simple but powerful photographic gear: the Fujifilm X-T1 and the brand new XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR — called the “tourist lens” because its focal length was well suited to a variety of situations, whether architectural photography or portraiture.

The camera and lens combination were a perfect fit, with the image stabilization holding up well in low light conditions.

More than his images, it was the nostalgic moment that brought the event much of its emotional impact: “Upon entering, it was amazing to see all the young faces so filled with that same excitement I once had, and to be honest, I tapped in to that excitement again with the smell of jet fuel in the air,” he writes.

Check out his photo set with the Fujifilm X-T1 here.

Know more about him on Twitter and Facebook, and check out his diverse portfolio on his website.


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