• Ryan P Freeman

This Week on #WriFri: You've Got to See the (Zoo) Baby!


I have a special place in my heart for all animals. If I wasn't shooting for a living I think I would be pursuing a career working with animals. Last August Assiniboine Zoo had me over to see the fresh new faces. I met the baby pronghorn antelope, Eurasian tundra reindeer and snow leopards. I was in my glory! As a kid (and now;)) I watched far more nature shows than cartoons. I find animal behavior extremely fascinating. I actually got into shooting because of these National Geographic and Discovery programs. This inspired me. My dream is to film wildlife. While zoo animals aren't technically "wild" I still loved this shoot so much. It's hard for me to get across how happy this made me.

The reindeer were all too willing to perform for the camera. They were fascinated by my gear and came right up to the lens to investigate. The mother antelope was also intrigued by me. While filming her babies, she kept nudging me with her horns which made it difficult to hold a steady shot.

This was hands down one of my favourite shooting opportunities EVER. I would be so happy to go back. Hopefully I'll get a similar opportunity down the road. I hope you enjoy learning a bit about what goes into caring for the new faces at the Assiniboine Zoo. Enjoy!

ABOUT GAGE:

I was born and raised in the Canadian prairies. I try to capture the beauty of my home through perspectives that are unique and often overlooked. I have made a point to explore just about every corner of Winnipeg (where I currently live) and much beyond the city's borders showing off my province's gems through my lens.

After graduating College, I started my career working behind the camera in the news industry, telling stories throughout the prairies. I'm not exactly a "news" guy (don't tell my boss) but I do love visual story telling. I especially love shooting with people who are passionate about X. From going on a practice flight with the Canadian Air Force, to learning about vintage air-cooled Volkwagens from a small time local mechanic, I thrive on meeting people who truly love to do what they do.

Beyond what I do for work, I'm also big on the outdoors and Canada's wide open spaces.

You'll see this intertwined in my imagery.

See more here:

http://www.gagefletcher.com

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