WE Day California: Behind the Scenes Photos with Selena Gomez, Chance the Rapper, Natalie Portman, Lilly Singh, and 18,000 Youth

Tonight's a special one. Back in late April, I travelled to Los Angeles for the second time in the same month, for one of the coolest experiences I've had. I got to shoot behind-the-scenes, all-access at one of the biggest WE Days to date in the City of Angels. Star-studded only begins to capture this…

Karena Evans, Director, Popp Rok (Photo by Ryan Bolton)

The Power of Creative Collectives: (Printed in Applied Arts magazine)

Back in 1976, on a stoop in Staten Island’s projects, a collaboration was born between two eight-year-old cousins. With breakdancing and freestyling finding its footing in New York City, the group grew by adding varied musical artists and friends. Selling marijuana on the side, they would produce their work in dark basements, nightly. Fast forward…

The Art of Disconnecting: Deep Learnings From a Moroccan Mountain Expedition

As I look down at my phone right now, I have four emails. There’s three new messages via Facebook Messenger. There’s 45 Instagram notifications. Three for Twitter. One missed call and a voicemail. There are 16 unread text messages. When I was in the middle of the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco in October, my…

Finding Happiness: Photographing Demi Lovato in Kenya

There are some phone calls that change everything. Call them opportunities. Call them salutes to adventure. Call them once in a lifetime. Call them life-changing. Late last year, Me to We called me (love you, David) to come and shoot a special guest in Kenya. I was intrigued. When they let me knew it was…

“Toronto is Where the World Lives”: Meet Photographer Ryan Bolton

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“If I can impact just one person with a story or photograph, I’ve done my job,” says Ryan Bolton, a photographer based in Toronto, Canada. Ryan caught the travel bug after his university graduation, when he spent time as a journalist in a Liberian refugee camp in Ghana. Exploring the world, telling stories, and taking pictures have since become his passions. From vibrant cityscapes to quiet portraits, here’s a glimpse into Ryan’s work.


toronto-skyline_ryan-bolton The colorful Toronto skyline.

You photograph landscapes to portraits, weddings to concerts, and more. What do you enjoy the most?

Looking for a portfolio-style theme? Ryan uses the modern Hermes theme, which highlights his photos beautifully on a front-page showcase.

The variety. I see every photo as a puzzle. As something to figure out and capture. It’s not just the composition of the shot . . . it’s the right light. The right numbers (aperture, shutter speed, ISO). The right…

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WayHome in Photos: Major Lazer, Arcade Fire, Haim and a Wedding Proposal

A year ago I got serious about music photography. I shot my first festival for Field Trip. I was hooked. And after shooting 4 festivals this year so far, I was asked to be a staff photographer for WayHome Festival, arguably Ontario's best music festival. A true honour. There's always a magic feeling at a good…

I Interviewed a 103-Year-Old About Living Forever

Then 101-years-old, Kitty Cohen becomes the oldest Canadian to throw the first pitch at a professional baseball game.

How Instagram Made Me a Better Photographer

In early May of 2011, I posted my first photo to Instagram. It was a shot of my then-girlfriend-now-wife, sun-drenched, waiting for the streetcar. In truth, a typical shot for any Torontonian waiting for the lacklustre TTC. That photo hasn't received any likes. I'm not sure how many people followed me at that point. Probably null,…

Before You Say “I Do,” Travel the World with Your Lover

"Take that person [you love] and travel around the world. Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all around the world…. And if when you come back to JFK and you’re still in love with that person, get married at the airport.” That nugget of pure wisdom is from none other…

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The Great Distraction: Watering Down the Power of the Internet

We all love a good distraction. I’m pretty sure that’s why social networks were invented. I’m pretty sure that’s why BuzzFeed and Kim Kardashian have colossal followings. That's why there are soap operas, One Direction and Kanye West. They're entertaining. They're distracting. But for Christ’s sake, it has come to a boiling point. Over the…