We had the pleasure of teaming up with the talented photographer Taylor Michael Burk for an unforgettable journey in the Southern Great Bear Rainforest. In collaboration with Sea Wolf Adventures and Coastal Rainforest Safaris, Taylor hosted a 4-day photography workshop based out of Ḵ̓wax̱wa̱lawadi Lodge. Eight guests joined them on this adventure to explore islands, fjords, and temperate rainforests in Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw Territory. The goal? Immerse yourself in nature, observe wildlife in its natural habitat, and expand your photography skills.
For photographers, the Great Bear Rainforest is a dream destination. Every corner of this remote region holds the potential to capture lush coastal landscapes and an abundance of wildlife like grizzly bears, orcas, otters and more. When it comes to visiting the complex network of inlets and islands, local knowledge and expertise of the land is essential. What separates Sea Wolf Adventures apart from other operators is that it's led by Indigenous guides. By supporting indigenous tourism and learning from the perspectives, stories, and struggles of the Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw people, you gain a deeper understanding of the region and its significance. These trips are not only a unique opportunity to improve your photography skills and see wildlife but also to immerse yourself in the culture and history of the region.
The Pacific Northwest's wet and rainy environment is what brings these landscapes to life and makes them so lush; however, it poses challenges for camera gear and keeping it dry. That's where RUX comes in. We teamed up with Taylor and supported his workshop with Waterproof Bags for each participant. These bags are ideal for trips like this, from shooting from open boats to hiking through forest trails. They are adaptable, easy to access, and convenient to carry.
Behind the Lens: Taylor Michael Burk
Born and raised in the prairies, Taylor was drawn to British Columbia for its mountainous terrain and coastal landscapes. Today, he calls Vancouver Island home, where he finds inspiration in its rugged beauty. Through his lens, he aims to showcase the beauty of remote landscapes and ignite a deep connection between those who view his work and the natural world. His photography and compelling narratives have forged a prominent online presence, establishing him as a distinguished creative force in the world of visual storytelling.
Taylor is dedicated to sharing his wealth of knowledge and expertise with aspiring photographers through his workshops, and we are stoked to support these endeavors. Judging from the pictures, the Waterproof Bag came in clutch for the workshop!