Sound Garden and Other Fun

July 17, 2015

We are sound and we are light.  We participate with these senses and the natural world, a world that we can’t really just observe as we are both the observer and observed.  So let’s not worry about observing our world, but rather opening our senses to a full and beautiful participation with our world, with nature, as a part of it all.  Then we enter a consciousness where everything flows and connects and intermingles in both space and time.

In June 2015 I was fortunate enough to host an installation in a forested creek zone located on the Sunshine Coast.  This natural amphitetheatre provided a space to augment and enhance with visuals and sound.  Collaborating with Giorgio Magnanensi (sound wizard!), we invited people to participate in a sort of other worldly space we created with 4 projectors and embedded audio throughout the forest.  It was an incredibly enriching and fun couple of evenings and surely we will have more shows in Fall.  Thanks to the BC Arts Council for supporting the project.

Here’s what some people had to say about it:

Quite simply, the soundgarden was magical. Giorgio and Nick animated a familiar moon-kissed forest stream nook into a hallucinatory theatre of perception. Carefully choreographed, immersive, interactive, contemplative, and generous, the work playfully encouraged us to unexpected places. What more can one ask of a work of art?

Matthew Talbot-Kelly


We attended an event by Giorgio Magnanensi with Nicolas Teichrob called “Sound Garden” and would like to extend our appreciation for this taking place. As Sunshine Coast residents and professional artists it was most inspiring to be taken away from the Bricks and Mortar approach to art expression and be transported into a wonderfully selected and orchestrated location where the experience of the musical and visual art was seamlessly intertwined with the amazing canvas that nature provided. 

 The benefits to the Sunshine Coast for this type of weekend event are varied and many, but for us specifically, it is assurance that interesting contemporary expression of the arts is being demonstrated at a very high level. This event breathes life into all aspects of creative expressions on the Sunshine Coast, promotes exploration, demonstrates positive creative leadership and fosters better understanding of why we live and culturally develop here on the West Coast. “Sound Garden” also has the Cool Factor that will be talked about off the coast and around the world…in fact, we were just sharing the experience along with pictures with family and friends in Europe, and this makes us look like we live in a culturally rich and developing environment.

 Thank you for helping realize this, and we very much hope this event format may be considered for future years, as it is sure to be a continued success.

Lee and Bon Roberts – Goldmoss Gallery 


Create and be happy.


September 20, 2014

As those of you who have spent time looking at my imagery, moving and not, have likely picked up on an attention to detail and elements of precision.  This is something I hold most true, that no video cut is ever 1 frame off (1/24th of a second), and nothing extra is an image.  Along this path, the music I choose to marry my images when assembled in slideshow or video form, is also precise.  The combination of two senses receiving the same emotional information yields a response in the active viewer/listener that is what really in art I think we are all trying to achieve.  An amplification of the emotions, the connections, the understanding of things in our vision and our minds, a synthesis of senses.

Here are a few slideshows and videos of the recent past exploring various elements of what drives my work and vision and that of our film production company, Dendrite Studios. We recently launched a new site and look for Dendrite Studios, bringing in the spirit of the raven and the creativity they derive into our brand of making kickass videos.


Electric Blue – a photographic look at Antarctica from Dendrite Studios on Vimeo.

Scale Independence – a look at the creativity of the natural world from Dendrite Studios on Vimeo.

Deep Winter 2014 slideshow by Nicolas Teichrob from Dendrite Studios on Vimeo.


Nicolas Teichrob 2013 Deep Summer Slideshow from Dendrite Studios on Vimeo.


STAND film Trailer – a surf and SUP documentary about a threatened coast from Dendrite Studios on Vimeo.


Coast Mountain Culture – Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine Promo from Dendrite Studios on Vimeo.

A Failure of Reason

July 20, 2013

A dead eagle on a stream bed in the Great Bear Rainforest. Power.

A couple of months ago a new magazine started.  I got word of it early on and knew I wanted to be involved.  It’s called Mountain Life Annual is published by the same rad people behind Mountain Life Coast Mountains, but with a jump into a new league.  MLA has a select number of partners, companies that get the rights to have one ad in the magazine, or book as it is more appropriately referred to.  Leslie Anthony is at the helm of the editing and he is about as good or better than anyone for the role.  Expect big things from this annual book. Fortunately for me, in the first issue (currently at the printers), there is an article about the opponents to the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline – tanker route, and included in these colourful characters is Norm Hann.  Norm was the star of STAND film, and as such I had a plethora of beautiful and often alternative type imagery that usually would find no home.  Mountain Life Annual gave them a home.  In this article four of my favourite images are shared as spreads, along with a few spots.  Check out this mag when it comes out, because if this is an indication on the quality, then it is going to be premium coffee table fodder.

STAND world premiere, articles, and vacation

May 28, 2013

In a form I keep trying to break, I’m finally writing a blog post two months after my last one.  I keep saying to myself and others that I will try to write and share more, but sometimes work and play get in the way of me and my blog.  But alas, here I am again to spill out some of the most exciting things that have been happening in my world of photography and film over the past 2 months.

For the month of April I pretty much lived in my office, starring at a computer screen and a final cut timeline that seemed endless.  Segment after segment, edit after edit, slowly STAND film was cracked away during the final stages.  Sound design, colour correction, DVD design, poster design, articles, magazines, promo images, blog posts, festivals, world premieres, sponsors, new sponsors, logistics, logistics, logistics.  That is what the month looked like, plus about 1000 other things that I couldn’t keep out of my brain; things to do or unique ideas or future trip planning.  But after all the chaos of finishing a full film to a level I was proud of, we had the world premiere of STAND in Vancouver, BC, on Friday May 3.  The venue was packed, 400 people strong, focusing their eyes and ears on what Anthony and I had dedicated the last two years of our lives to.  It was the big test, and we passed with flying colours.  The projection system was incredible, loaned to us graciously by Sim Digital (thankyou greatly Max and Jon!), and it pumped a massive 10,000 lumen 1920×1080 image onto a 24 foot wide screen.  The event went off and I look back at that evening with such fond memories.  My whole family was there, Anthony’s parents from Australia were there and Norm’s family from Ontario was there.  Mike and Lucy McQuade traveled down from Haida Gwaii, Chris and Kara Williamson traveled down from Kelowna, and friends came from Whistler and Revelstoke for the show.  A full recap with images can be seen on STAND’s blog.  Following the premiere we had shows in Victoria and Tofino, and then it was vacation for me.  I surfed a bunch in Tofino, then when up island to a bike-surf mission with some bros and we hunkered down on BC’s coast for a week of rain, wind, wolves, bears, sea lions, fish, and some slabs.  What we found was a miniature gem, but most importantly it opened the doors to future exploration and adventure.

Upon arriving back in civilization and seeing that our province had voted Christy Clark back into power as premier, and with a majority, I was crushed.  The fight for our coast continues harder than ever now, and I’ve seen even more to keep the fuel lit forever.  The day I got home we hosted the Roberts Creek Film Festival, part of the Arts Festival and showed STAND twice to two packed and engaged crowds.  The day that event ended I finally took a breath and could sit down and gather my bearings.  Work is busy as always which is good but tiring at times.  I know it will slow down, but certain things always need to be maintained when running your own business and those things do not go on vacation when you do.  Fortunately I have a good group of friends and family that pick up the slack when I am away.

In some greater news of magazine publications, I’m stoked to share a recent article that ran in SBC Surf magazine’s current issue.  Thanks to Ikelite Underwater housings for keeping my camera dry and allowing me to make pictures like the one in this article of legend Raph Bruhwiler surfing.

 All photos are by me and words by Norm Hann.  If you ever want to see the Great Bear Rainforest, or learn how to SUP, do it with Norm. The guy is legendary and knows the north coast so so so well.

STAND teaser, open your eyes and ears to the Great Bear Rainforest

November 20, 2012

A quick little update with STAND teaser that we just completed.  More collaborations with the final output than ever before and we are super stoked.  To join the team, head over to to contribute.  Defend our coast, no tankers, clean oceans for all.

STAND teaser

The archipelago of Haida Gwaii

August 27, 2012

In June 2012, I spent nearly two weeks traveling through Haida Gwaii, B.C., on a sailboat.  This was my first time on a sailboat and it would be for a solid 10 days straight, so I was hoping we would hit some good weather along the way.  I think if i were to describe my experiences in Haida Gwaii, it would take way too long for anyone to read.  I’ll save those written words for something more editorially appropriate, and provide most of my story telling in the form of images.  I like telling stories in various ways, but at the fundamentally simplest level, photographs remain my trump card.  Photos are timeless pieces, capturing a bit of history.  History that will never be repeated exactly.

The totem poles throughout the watchman sites in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve are such incredible things to be amongst.  These ancient cedars saw 10,000 year old rich and complicate culture of the Haida people in its peak.  Complex class systems with rules and regulations and a deep appreciation and respect for art and creativity.   With the arrival of Europeans, collapse of the First Nations people was quick via diseases that their immune systems had no way of fighting.  An estimated 95% of the Haida people perished from illnesses such as small pox.  Cultural genocide was attempted by the government at the time, but the Haida stood strong, albeit in small numbers, and now their culture is on the rise again.

The ocean provides so much.  More than anything for me, it provides a place of solace.  Without a doubt, the single best place for me to retreat to in times of mental mazes and chaos, is the ocean.  A coastal rainforest is the next best substitute.  Sea lions and sunstars shared a majestic glassy day on Hecate Strait with Norm Hann, slicing his way through the calmest waters I can imagine.  It was a real treat to have this special day where Norm paddled from Burnaby Narrows all the way to SGang Gwaay, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (pictured below in evening light).  In typical coastal fashion, the next day the winds were howling at 56 knots, thats 100 km/h.  Do we really want super tankers traveling in seas with 100 km/h winds? Nope.


A rather nice way to end our film shoot in the most logistically difficult shoot of our lives to date, with evening light on the massive onlooking totems of SGang Gwaay.



.an evening in kyrgyzstan.TRIP 2

February 28, 2012

After 7 days of ski touring from our yurt in the Tien Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan, we skied on the funnier 20 minutes of my life.  We deciding to ski all of our gear out from the yurt (some of which horses brought up), which yielding some hilarious moments of crashing on log and horse skidded snow roads, creeks, and horse shit.  The evening light made it extra rad.  After our ski back to the home-stay, Schumacher and his barely-alive-do-everything vehicle arrived and we drove home in clear skies and awesome light.  What followed is what follows in pictures.  Explanations not needed.


Evening play by play:


I keep on finding myself describing Kyrgyzstan as many trips within a trip.  There were so many individually unique experiences throughout the trip.  As a result, I am going to share these experiences in blog posts like this one and the workshop piece.



Kyrgyzstan workshop.TRIP 1

February 22, 2012

After 26 hours in airplanes, I finally touched down to Canadian soil a couple of days ago.  Kyrgyzstan was fantastic, but it feels good to be home after being on the road for a while.  One of my favourite parts of traveling is the unexpected.  Upon our arrival in Karakol at Yak Tours guesthouse, I stumbled across the owner’s workshop.  Entering this workshop was one of those unexpected moments aforementioned.  A workshop that filled the senses with more than one could take in.  Here is my morning representation of this incredible time capsule of Soviet past and Kyrgyz present.

Kyrgyzstan, why was I there? Where is that?  Between Russia and China lies Krygyzstan, a country filled with great people and some big mountains.  I was there capturing skiing with 40 Tribes Backcountry, along with Mike Hopkins, Izzy Lynch, Leah Evans, and filmer Anthony Bonello.  Ptor Spricenicks – Zeus, and Roddy kept was entertained and safe in the backcountry  Stay tuned, as this trip filled with many little treasures will surely be creeping up on my site for a while.

Thanks to The North Face for supporting this project and to G3, Arc’teryx, Dakine, and Smith Optics for helping me kick it in our mountainous adventures.


This is TRIP 1 of a series I am sharing as there were so many trips within the one Kyrgyzstan overall trip.  Many individual moments, like this time in the workshop, will be popping up on my blog.


Approaching winter, bike films and random adventures

November 1, 2011

Fall is one of my favorite seasons.  There is still enough daylight to get a lot of activities crammed into a day.  Mountain bike trail conditions reach the apex of primeness, surf begins to pick up with regularity to the pulsing swells, and the air smells rich with anticipation as winter approaches fast.  This is a time of year that rather than put the bike away, I get a chance to bring it out more and ride for fun.  At the same time I get a chance to explore surfing to a greater depth and catch up on everything that got pushed to the back burner at the end of summer.  Winter is coming and I am very stoked to ski this year and expand my horizons in the skiing world.  Fall is diversity…or maybe diversity is an old old wooden ship used during the civil war era….or maybe Ron Burgandy’s definition wasn’t quite correct.


To start off the results of the diversity that Fall presented, here is a short video produced as Dendrite Studios from a heli trip to TLH heliskiing with Epic Planks.  I finally got a chance to finish up the edit in time to release this piece and get everyone jonesing for pow! My first heli-ski trip, this adventure was all time, skiing pow and eating like Kings.

After the TLH edit, it was back to the mountain biking world to help finish up ‘From the Inside Out‘ by Secondbase Films (The Coastal Crew + Anthill Films).  My role on this film began as a photographer, and I’d shoot the odd video here and there.  As it was time to nail down The Coastal Crew’s segment, Curtis took a very bad crash and put himself out of production.  Then a couple of weeks later, Norbs crashed and broke his foot.  This left Dylan as the only person who could get into the zones to film, but also the only person left to ride.  As a result, I happily hopped into a much larger role as cinematographer, and Logan was a big help firing the remotes for the photos. The production timeline for Inside Out was insane, way too tight, but we managed to get it all done without too many sleepless nights.

As a result of all of our travels and bike shooting, I have a number of new magazine publications to share.  Kyle Norbraten’s train gap nailed Photo of the Month in The Red Bulletin, as well as two spreads in Freeride Germany magazine Gallery (Oregon shot below plus the train gap); Darcy Turenne‘s Dakine ad came out with a bunch of shots from a recent trip to Bolivia, and Kenny Smith’s Fox train gap jumping ad can be seen online, in Decline, and Bike magazines.  As well there are gallery images and spreads in the current MBUK, The Ski Journal, and Spoke Magazine.


Darcy Turenne Dakine Ad, Bike Mag, Oct 2011

Darcy Turenne Dakine Ad, Bike Mag, Oct 2011


The Red Bulletin - Kyle Norbraten train gap, Oct 2011



Kyle Norbraten in Freeride Magazin (Germany)


Surf/camp Trip Image Gallery

August 19, 2011

Here are some images from our surfing camping trip.  The surf was good and got really great on the last day, the salmon were big, and many good times were had in sun and only a bit of rain.  I’ll let the images do the rest of the talking.