Johann Wall's Blog

Kids at a table

Posted in Kids + Famiies,Personal,Stories,Travel by Johann

If I were to shoot kids enjoying somewhere I’d probably look to this shot. On vacation and several families get together, the adults at another table and the kids have their own. They have almost finished eating and are still there but won’t be for long. The evening is still light. There is a field beyond. Perhaps a river. A tree fort. Where are the flashlights for later. They will break off into pairs. They are for now adults and kids at once.

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In Germany it’s common practice in the shipyards to have a small child inspect the aft thrusters.

I forgot to post this which I loved from the prepro book.

Posted in Assignments by Johann

The art director made this up for me to introduce me to the crew. The results aren’t quite released yet but they look amazing. It was a super intense 4 day shoot but I love being able to completely get absorbed in the work and making the pictures where the outside world doesn’t exist. I think every time you work on a large production you want to go into a creative bubble where phones are not on and everyone is working to create the best thing they can. They used a lovely shot of me and my son Otto who has been with me on a few projects.

Summer on the Rhine 2

Posted in Kids + Famiies,Personal,Places,Travel by Johann

We stayed for week with some old friends at the family summer house in Kripp which is a stones throw from the river Rhine. The house has been there for a couple hundred years and was the smaller home of the family on a sprawling apple estate. During the war the orchards nearby were used to house 100,000 German prisoners of war after the taking of the bridge at Remagen. Now it is once again a small village along the river south of Drachenfels. It was an idyllic time for all of us. One night Die Hexe even appeared to chase the children around the fire as is a long held tradition. Otto tried to catch the witch though I feel he was half terrified as well.

Summer on the Rhine

Posted in Kids + Famiies,Personal,Travel by Johann

I have so many photographs of our time at our friends summer house in the Rhine but the second one I took seemed so pastoral with grandmother and the children and the garden and the Johannes Beeren.

Capilano Regional Park

Posted in Assignments,Places,Travel by Johann

Part of a continuing commission to photograph all the regional parks in Metro Vancouver this is one of my favourite parks because of the dramatic canyon landscapes which you encounter as you exit the heavily wooded paths. Though abutting a populated area there is a sense of being in an isolated, wondrous region. As with all the Metro Vancouver parks there are areas that are off limits to protect habitat and wildlife, areas with easy access and areas that require some endurance and reward with solitude.

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Martin CD at Wallop Film

Posted in Assignments,Portraits by Johann

Martin asked if I could do a few portraits of him so we met at a location I like a lot near my son Otto’s old daycare. I figured I would be able to get a lot of different moods just by turning in a different direction and that the light would be interesting as it would leak into spaces and be absent from others.
He’s a great fellow and an excellent film maker. We worked together on a Destination Canada project where they shot a series of short verite videos and I meandered and produced a portfolio of portraits and street scenes. Here are a few that I love with just a quick Johann Wall colour treatment and no retouching!

Lynn Headwaters Assignment

Posted in Assignments,Places,Travel by Johann

Out working with the park patrol in Lynn Headwaters. We accessed the park by doing the Grouse Snowshoe Grind which I guess is what you do in the winter when the regular Grouse Grind is closed. This takes you to the peak of Grouse Mountain where you can look down towards Goat Mt, the Citadel, Kennedy Lake and beyond. We had a great day back there with clouds breaking then closing in again with a half hour snow storm whiting out everything. I don’t snow shoe a lot but I really appreciate the beauty of exertion in these surroundings. I don’t have a routine so much so I do a variety of things with an irregularity that makes each time almost feel like the first time again.
Without further ado, one of the shots from the assignment!

View looking towards Goat Mountain on assignment in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park.

Recent Work coming out.

Posted in Assignments,Fashion by Johann

It’s Vancouver and the marijuana industry is booming! I created a series of lifestyle images and product shots for this company to help them standout online with original art and a brand style.

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Wreck Beach with John Welsh

Posted in Assignments,Music by Johann

Photo taken of the John Welsh Band at Wreck Beach.

Ravens! My favourite bird.

Posted in Personal by Johann

If you’ve ever been in the rainforest up here on the west coast you have heard the low hum of a Raven gliding between the towering trees. Or taken a pause and heard the cawk that echoes in the silence. These are the birds of stories and legend. The trickster. In the city we have the crows and I love them as well. My son and I make sure to say hello to each of them as we pass by on the sidewalk. This evening a crow came to the fire escape and did not fly away when we all came to the open window.

Scout and the Gumboot Kids for CBC Kids!

Posted in Assignments,Kids + Famiies,Portraits by Johann

Work I did on set with the Gumboot Kids.

Leeroy Stagger signs to True North and we shoot a video for the first single!

Posted in Assignments,Music,Video/Motion by Johann

I’ve known Leeroy for many years now and we’ve shot some of my favourite music photos including 4 album covers.
He flew to Vancouver and stayed with us for a few days to mix the single with Steve Bays of Hot Hot Heat and also so that we could shoot a video to be ready for the single release. It’s very DIY as we kind of just took the lyrics and put them into places. My friends at the local corner shop, our son Otto and his best friend Anita, Teddy a neighbour etc. You can have a look at the video here.

Still snowing out there!

This is actually an older shot of my brother but he’s in Australia so I can’t be on the mountain with him this winter. I think he has much fun carving effortlessly through trees as he does purposely wiping out for the kids around him.

St Francis and Otto

Posted in Kids + Famiies,Personal,Portraits by Johann

This is straight out of the camera. All I did was adjust the colour balance.

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Ossington, Toronto

Posted in Assignments,Travel by Johann

Was on assignment in toronto and as I was finishing up my 3rd day of walking around the city finding portraits I stopped in a hole-in-the-wall bar and heard this amazing blues duo. While I was listening to them I noticed a poster mentioning the Ossington neighbourhood alley party so I walked down that way on the way to pick up my luggage and found myself in the middle of a wonderful musical environment. When you walk you find.
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Some landscape shots from a recent commission.

Posted in Assignments,Places by Johann

A series of landscape images that were requested by a client and then given a treatment by the art director to blend with the style of design and typography in the final layouts.
Personally I love all the various photo treatments that are out there these days as I love to see what enhances an image or takes it somewhere else. I tend to keep my work to a similar tonal style so it flows as a volume but I am happy when some one takes an image to another place. I think it is also a good example of how a ‘look’ can be achieved from any image but the better the original the better the final. So if you are looking for an instagram style shot you can send me out there and give the vsco treatment to all the great shots I’ll bring in!

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So many things going on.

Posted in Personal,Portraits,Travel by Johann

The Prettys on the rooftop.

Posted in Assignments,Music,Portraits by Johann

I did a few shots of the neighbours band. I like this one because the singer looks kind of awkward, there are a few smiles and a smoke. They are a fun band. You can have a listen here.
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Lots of talk about the Organ right now.

Posted in Personal by Johann

And I loved this band! This is a shot we did for Butter way back when. organ2

Julian and Otto took each others portrait.

Posted in Kids + Famiies,Personal,Portraits by Johann

These two guys are best friends. Julian lives in the flat next door to us. They are brothers.
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Photography collection I did for Waste Control Services

Posted in Assignments,Portraits,Stories by Johann

As Tracey, the designer that contracted me for this says, this is now the best looking waste control website out there!
http://wastecontrolservices.com/about/

Youths Kensington Market Toronto

Posted in Portraits,Stories,Travel by Johann

Kensington Market Toronto

On assignment for Destination Canada.

The Great Bear Rainforest

Posted in Assignments,Places,Travel by Johann

Was a guest of the Wuikinukx Nation while on assignment in Rivers Inlet. This was the crew with our host Frank at the helm.
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Wade and Danielle Pyrrha Designers.

Posted in Portraits by Johann

Danielle+WadeA new portrait of the Wade and Danielle. I first photographed them many years ago as part of a story for Vancouver Magazine and we’ve been friends ever since. I usually have a necklace of theirs on. This is at their home in Vancouver.

Otto Movie Number One

Posted in Kids + Famiies,Personal,Video/Motion by Johann

I’m doing a series of short videos for Otto while he is out. He comes home and stares in amazement at what his toys have been doing while he has been away. I love it. This one he said exclaimed ‘ What the heck ?? ‘ and ran over to see if the dinosaurs were still beside the sofa.

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Posted in Portraits,Sports by Johann

This is one of a few portraits I took of our friend Teddy today. Who wouldn’t want to photograph this guy. He’s a talented movie maker and bmx rider! One of Otto’s favourite neighbours.
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Photographs of Eva’s first ceramic pieces from the studio in Vancouver.

Posted in Personal,Still Life by Johann

Some of the pieces Eva has started making. She did a lot of sculpture in the past but is now getting into ceramics. It runs in her family. Otto Lindig was her great grandfather.

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A friend at Spring just sent this one from the archives.

Posted in Assignments,Portraits by Johann

I’m not really known for shooting colourful studio shots but I have quite a few in the archives.

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The Mechanics

Posted in Personal by Johann