Shooting Zombie Boy—Not in the Flesh

Zombie Boy 4

I was in Montreal last weekend. Just a little getaway. I always have a good time in Montreal, and this time was no exception. The city was alive. And on the Saturday, there was a massive downtown street sale in which traffic was cordoned off and shoppers roamed the streets en masse.

It was hectic. As I got to a particularly crowded spot, I spotted Zombie Boy. If you haven’t heard of Zombie Boy (real name is Rick Genest), well, the cliff notes is that he’s tattooed from head to toe to look like a skeleton. He’s also from Montreal. He also was diagnosed with a brain tumour before he got any of the tattoos. Oh, he’s in Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” video.

Anyway, I took some shots, of course. People were posing for photos with Zombie Boy. He was stoic as most photos of him are. Creepily stoic. It wasn’t until about three minutes later that I noticed that it was a wax sculpture of Zombie Boy. A very believable, almost too well done wax sculpture. Hauntingly good.

Anyway, take a look at Zombie Boy—not in the flesh.

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Zombie Boy. Photographed by Ryan Bolton in Montreal.

Zombie Boy Photograph

Zombie Boy. Photographed by Ryan Bolton in Montreal.

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Special Wedding Moments Captured

Photo by Ryan Bolton. All rights reserved.

I’m truly loving wedding photography. To bring moments to life is an unmatched pleasure. Here are a couple more snaps from Beth + Eric’s big day.

Photo by Ryan Bolton. All rights reserved.

Photo by Ryan Bolton. All rights reserved.

Photo by Ryan Bolton. All rights reserved.

Photo by Ryan Bolton. All rights reserved.

Photo by Ryan Bolton. All rights reserved.

Photo by Ryan Bolton. All rights reserved.

Photo by Ryan Bolton. All rights reserved.

Photo by Ryan Bolton. All rights reserved.

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Vault Sessions: The Darcys

Jason Crouse // The Darcys 6

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

Jason Crouse // The Darcys 1

Tuning and prep. (Photo by Ryan Bolton)

Jason Crouse // The Darcys 9

Photo by Ryan Bolton

Jason Crouse // The Darcys 7

Photo by Ryan Bolton

Jason Crouse // The Darcys 8

Photo by Ryan Bolton

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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

My Friends + Family

Mowbray and his Hat

I wanted to mix things up a bit. As such, here are some of my favourite portraits of my closest friends and family over the past year. They’re all beauts. Cheers to you all, friends.

Katie Hamilton

Photo by Ryan Bolton

Chris and Josh, Scoundrels

Photo by Ryan Bolton

Looch having a Smoke

Photo by Ryan Bolton

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