Where the Rapids Are by Pat Kane

Buddy Gully drives his ski-do beside the Mackenzie River ramparts' limestone cliffs near Fort Good Hope, NWT. A Dene legend says that a hero named Yamoga saved many people after fighting a giant beaver. When he laid down to rest, his body formed the ramparts.  

Buddy Gully drives his ski-do beside the Mackenzie River ramparts' limestone cliffs near Fort Good Hope, NWT. A Dene legend says that a hero named Yamoga saved many people after fighting a giant beaver. When he laid down to rest, his body formed the ramparts.  

The last few days I spent time on the land with some great people from the community of Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories. The town is located in the Sahtu region, near the Arctic Circle. 

The ramparts - sheer limestone cliffs that are home to peregrines, eagles and kingfishers - are the defining geological features nearby. We travelled by snowmobile to a traditional hunting area near the Ramparts River and met up with community members starting a two-week spring bush camp.

I was asked to document part of the trip and I'm honoured to share some of these photos with you. I had a wonderful time sledding around, watching my new friends set beaver traps, fish nets and enjoy life together outside. One of the elders I talked to, Joe, said he hadn't been here in almost 30 years but has good memories of his dad making a moose hide canoe and paddling around with him when he was a boy.  

Thank you to the community of Fort Good Hope for inviting me along. Here is a small sample of the photos I got for you. I hope you enjoy them!

A Look Back at 2016 by Pat Kane

A boy takes a moment to watch the last fireworks go off while a drum dance takes place inside the community hall in Deline, NWT. This year Deline signed a self-government agreement in an historic step forward for indigenous communities in the Northwest Territories. 

A boy takes a moment to watch the last fireworks go off while a drum dance takes place inside the community hall in Deline, NWT. This year Deline signed a self-government agreement in an historic step forward for indigenous communities in the Northwest Territories. 

A lot happened this year and I was lucky enough to catch some great moments on camera. Here's a look back at 2016 in some photos that I shot for clients - and a few just for myself. Some highlights: traveling to NWT communities for a project about cultural and environmental conservation (which I'm not going to show you here, you'll have to come to my photo exhibit at the Legislative Assembly in Yellowknife between Jan 16th-30th to see those); doing some work for CBC North, Reuters, PhotoLife, Monocle, Coca-Cola; and continuing on projects with the City of Yellowknife and the Government of the Northwest Territories.

I also had some great time with family and friends this year when we visited The Netherlands, Germany and Iceland. But probably the best part of 2016 was that I photographed a squirrel trying to steal a cigarette while standing next to a beer can (see below). 

Thanks to all my clients, colleagues, collaborators, family, friends and, of course, the people who allowed me into their lives to talk, share and photograph them. I look forward to the year ahead. Here's to a great 2017 for all of us!

Coca-Cola North by Pat Kane

                                                       Kim for Coca-Cola/Vice Media. 

This month I shot a series of images for Coca-Cola via Vice Media. The idea was to showcase the Coca-Cola brand in a Northern setting for their winter ad campaigns, which will be seen worldwide in the coming months. 

Here are some of the outtakes from the shoot - the final selects will be featured on Vice's social media platforms, so be sure to watch for them.

Big thanks to all who helped: Laurie Sarkadi and Francois Rossouw for the use of their cabin, and my incredible models: Lisa, Kim, Susan, Kevin and Sarah. And of course Siku and Scott, our wonderdogs! It's going to be really cool to see all of you in a Coca-Cola ad!

Lisa and Siku

Susan and Kevin

Sarah, Susan and Kevin

Kera + Luke by Pat Kane

                                    Kera and Luke at Somba K'e Park, Yellowknife City Hall. 

What a wonderful wedding I got to photograph last Saturday! I met Kera and Luke several months ago when they were just starting to plan their wedding - I'm so honoured they asked me to be part of it. It was especially to great to meet their families and friends. 

To Kera and Luke, thank you for having me. I hope you look fondly at these pictures for a lifetime. Congratulations! 

Jill + Keith by Pat Kane

                          Keith and Jill on the Pilot's Monument overlooking Yellowknife Bay. 

Last week I photographed a great wedding between two awesome people, Jill and Keith. The ceremony was held in front of family and friends in their backyard in Old Town. It was a special day for everyone who attended. 

Here is a sneak-peek of what I captured. It was an honour to be part of your wedding - thanks so much for having me. Enjoy the photos!