Boarding at Blue

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The snowboarding season is almost over as spring rears its refreshing head. In light of this, here are a few snaps of a recent trip to Blue Mountain with my best buds for a solid session on the slopes. We filmed the whole day with a Go Pro, but here are a few snaps I took on the side. Here’s to spring, and those beauty days on the hills.

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Getting ready. Photo by Ryan Bolton

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The view from up top.

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Picking the best line. Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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Let’s Go to Mars! (But Seriously)

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The phrase “men are from Mars” might not be so far fetched any longer. Indeed, both men and women might be using a Mars area code by 2023.

That is if you’re willing to book a one-way ticket, of course.

Some 56.4 million kilometres. That’s the brief distance from Earth to Mars. With current day technology, it would take roughly seven months on a spaceship—or a ‘89 Porsche 911 Turbo—to get to the Red Planet. To date, no human has ever been to Mars, well, otherwise than Bill O’Reilly for ancestry research. We have, however, landed two unmanned spacecrafts on its surface—the Mars Rover Opportunity and the science laboratory and secondary rover, aptly titled, Curiosity.

That is all about to change if Mars One has anything to do about it.

Mars One is a Dutch not-for-profit with the goal to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. Fair enough. Formally launched in 2012, co-founder Bas Lansdorp, a Dutch entrepreneur and mechanical engineer, has quite the plan set in place that includes reality television as one of the chief revenue drivers for the Mars mission. “Human exploration of Mars will be the most exciting adventure mankind has embarked upon in decades,” says Lansdorp in a press release. “It will inspire a new generation of engineers, inventors, artists and scientists. It will create a new generation of heroes—the first explorers to go to Mars will step straight into the history books.”

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More Kids From Asemkow. More Smiles.

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It has been two weeks since I returned from Ghana. And I miss it more with every passing day. It’s always this way, alas. With the warm reception of the first collection of portraits of the Kids of Asemkow (thanks again for Freshly Pressing, WordPress), I wanted to do a follow-up post with another collection of smiley faces. There’s still more to come, but that will be in the future. Here’s round two of the Kids of Asemkow. Enjoy!

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Photo by Ryan Bolton.

Photo by Ryan Bolton.

Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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A Morning in Amsterdam

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I had a layover in Amsterdam for eight hours while coming back from Africa. What better way to maximize a layover than to go out and explore—in Amsterdam no less? As such, here are some shots from a morning in Amsterdam.

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Downtown Amsterdam. Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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Downtown Amsterdam. Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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Downtown Amsterdam. Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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Downtown Amsterdam. Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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The Elders

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Albeit I was mainly shooting the youth in Ghana, I did take some shots of the village elders as well. Their faces tell many stories, so I’ll let them do the storytelling here.

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Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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The Kids of Asemkow

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The kids in Ghana are full of life. In all of my travels, they are some of the most happiest, proud and beautiful kids I’ve ever met. And they love to have their photos taken as you will quickly see. I just returned from a 2 week stint photographing with Me to We in small villages along the ocean coast of Ghana. I was tagging along with a great bunch of high school students from Hunstville that were helping build a school for these very kids in Asemkow. The following is a first set of photos from the trip that I will publish. Many more to come.

For now, enjoy these happy faces of Ghana.

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Shot in Asemkow, Ghana. Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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Shot in Asemkow, Ghana. Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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Shot in Asemkow, Ghana. Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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Shot in Asemkow, Ghana. Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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Shot in Asemkow, Ghana. Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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Shot in Asemkow, Ghana. Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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Shot in Asemkow, Ghana. Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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Shot in Asemkow, Ghana. Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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Shot in Asemkow, Ghana. Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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Vault Sessions: The Darcys

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I had the pleasure of shooting Toronto’s The Darcys a couple weeks back. They were doing an intimate plugged-in session for JUNO TV’s Vault Sessions. The sound was terrific, especially on the track “The River.” Here are a few behind-the-scenes shots of Jason Couse, the band’s lead singer in the “vault.”

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Photo by Ryan Bolton

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Tuning and prep. (Photo by Ryan Bolton)

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An Ode to Wool Socks

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I recently became a man. It was a couple months ago, when it was colder than frozen balloon knots.

It wasn’t when I grew a full beard. It wasn’t when Hank, my mercurial yet lovely Welsh Terrier turned two.

Or even when I asked Kathryn to marry me.

It was when I discovered wool socks. Handknit wool socks turned me into the man I am today. 100%. It was like discovering a sleeping bag for my feet—tight and oh-so-fucking-warm. Over the Christmas holiday, my dad had gotten more wool socks than I did from my grandma. It wasn’t a pretty sight. (He became a man long before I did. He discovered the greatness of wool socks before I was born. He’s a man.)

And now I had finally done it. I have become a man.

Life is better. I’m lighter on my feet. I smile, obnoxiously so now. Discovering the deep beauty of wool socks unleashed a sense of oneself I had never known before. I’m telling you, life is renewed. This is better than playing Mario Kart for the first time—that good.

Wool socks. The fucking best.

The Faces of Ghana

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I’m returning to Ghana after being there nearly seven years ago. It was my first trip to Africa. Hell, that was my first time leaving North America. Since then, I’ve been around the worldChina, Ecuador, Kenya, Cuba, Mexico, etc. I’m going back this time as a photographer for Me to We, and couldn’t be more thrilled. That trip to Ghana forever changed my future. It impacts the work I do today.

When I was originally there, I was a journalist trainer with Journalists for Human Rights, a great non-profit based in Toronto. While there for almost two months, I took a number of photos of the friendly faces that I met in my journey. This was way before I started to really shoot photography; I was only using a Pentax point-and-shoot at the time. Here are some of the faces I met in Ghana. I can’t wait to return. Click any photo to expand.

—RYAN BOLTON

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