Another shot from my buddy @fsgarcia97
Such a perfect view we saw on the sunrise, one of the best I've ever seen.
25 minutes ago
Last week we read an essay about the impacts of social media on Canada’s wild spaces. The essay was specifically on Joffre Lakes, the stunning blue waters only a few hours from Vancouver, BC. The lakes exploded in popularity in the last few years, and on any given day you’ll see the parking lot full and a line of people waiting to get their photo taken standing on the Instagram-famous log there. Just look at the hashtag #joffrelakes and you’ll get the idea.
What struck me though, was the closing line of the essay. The reporter was having one final conversation with a man along the lakeshore about the impacts of social media on these areas, and the man replied, “That’s true. But just look at this place; who wouldn’t want to come here?” This line resonated with us and our relationship with Moraine Lake as photographers. Social media has exploded Moraine into popularity, and it is by far the place we shoot at the most. It’s bittersweet, though, because Moraine was never built to sustain the recent surge of visitors and we often question our own impact (both in person and online) on this already-crowded place.
There’s a silver lining to every story though. With the surge of popularity, the Government of Canada just announced $14 million dollars in funding to the mountain national parks like Banff to increase conservation efforts and upgrade transit systems for handling the crowds.
Beyond extra funding, I often wonder how visitors are impacted when they come to places like Moraine or Joffre, or any of the other places affected by social media popularity. How many people return home inspired to be more sustainable?
And although we don’t have the answers to what the future holds as we grapple with our own impact on the planet, at the end of the day you can always find the silver lining. After all, just look at this place; who wouldn’t want to come here?
2 hours ago
the Arc De Triomphe📍
if you’ve never visited this part of Paris let me tell you this road is craaaaazy!! It’s incredibly busy with cars flying round constantly, I was lucky to get this shot with no cars in it, you just have to be patient and get your timing right! 😂🚗