During the creation of the City of Nelson website, we were provided with pictures from a number of local photographers, and the local community. We would like to thank the following local photographers who generously provided their work.
Phil Best is a born and raised Kootenay boy. Except for work and school absences he has lived in the Kootenays, by choice, realizing that it was unique and there was no need to leave in search of that “something special”. There were photographs to be taken, everywhere.
Graduating with a diploma in Regional and Community Planning and another in Transportation Technology he worked within government his entire career. After enjoying over thirty years as an amateur photographer and thirty-six years with government, Phil is now taking advantage of an early retirement and is turning his attention towards photography full time.
Phil enjoys the solitude of the outdoors and travel. Trips to Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas have produced beautiful images, but he mostly loves to record the beauty of the Kootenays with regular adventures. Phil has had his works published in National Geographic, Beautiful BC, Seattle Magazine, Mountain Bike, Picture BC, the Kaslo Jazz Fest and several local publications and business brochures. Some things change in peoples lives, some things don't. He has always loved photography. I hope you enjoy his work.
Born in Sudbury Ontario, Madeleine moved to B.C. from Quebec city to accept a teaching post at Trafalgar School. Madeleine is attracted to the beauty of early morning light and water reflections, the beauty of the outdoors and the Kootenay area. Photography is her passion and she has devoted many, many hours to it.
Douglas grew up homeschooling in Nelson, spending much time in the outdoors skiing, hiking and kayaking. At age 11 he got his first camera and documented a birds life from eggs laying to first flight. Discovering the freedom of flight with paragliding 5 years later, he has since been photographing our beautiful region from the air using helicopters, aircrafts and powered paragliders. His images have been published in magazines and calendars throughout the country. Douglas is currently working on his first book project featuring aerial photography of the Canadian Columbia Basin. He is the owner of Wild Air Photography, having clients from cabin owners to realtors, small businesses, colleges as well as large corporations.
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