Collaborator Bio

In 2005, I moved from a little place outside of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, to Calgary, Alberta, in search of work. At the time I couldn’t take my drumkit with me, this left me with an artistic itch I needed to scratch. A love for taking photos took to the driver’s seat. In 2010, a friend photographer strongly suggested I buy a DSLR, after seeing images I captured with a point and shoot camera while on vacation.

My journey with photography has been a short one thus far, but a rewarding one. My creative brain is constantly being fed and every day I see things with a different eye. I love all aspects of photography and I’m constantly learning and growing. My hopes are to someday do this full time, teach others what I’ve learned and to travel the world to share and inspire others.

Craig MacPhee
Craig MacPheeCalgary - AB

An Interview with Craig

Q. When is your birthday?

A. September 2nd, 1980

Q. What is your best memory/moment from one of your past birthdays?

A. A large group of friends got together and had a bash for me on the rooftop of one of my favorite pubs. They brought me cake (which was a nice gesture, but I couldn’t eat it due to being lactose intolerant) and we danced to 90’s hip-hop all night. A lot of people came out that I didn’t expect to see.  We had a blast. Great memories or shall I say the ones I remember. 

Q. How about your worst?  And why?

A. Not sure how old I was, possibly 11 or 12 years old. Alcoholism ran in the family and I remember waking up on the couch hearing my father stumble in late at night, tripping/falling over everything. He had been gone the entire day, missing my birthday events. A fight broke out between my parents. Screaming, name calling. I was frozen on the couch and crying. As for why… Self-explanatory I think.

Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?

A. Life itself. Life isn’t always easy but it’s important to celebrate that person and their life on their day. It’s an appreciation of the gift we’ve been given. To look back and see how far you’ve come and where you want to go.

Q. Do you/your family have a tradition/rituals/ceremonies to celebrate birthdays? What is it?

A. Can’t say we do, but we make sure to do something special for each other. It doesn’t have to be much at all, as long as we’re together it’s enough. If we can’t be together then we call or facetime/skype each other.

Q. What is your life motto?

A. I’m Peter Pan. 

Q. What/Whom drives you to keep going and why?

A. Friends, Family, Music, Photography, Life.. It’s a general answer but I see something every day that drives me, inspires and motivates me to keep pushing.

Q. If you could change one and only one thing – big or small – what would it be?

A. This is a hard question. There are many things I could answer with, but to sum it all up, equality.

Q. Which photographers have influenced you, and how did they influence your thinking, photographing and career path?

A. There are a few photographers on this list I could add. One of the biggest would be fellow Canadian photographer, Dave Brosha. We grew up in the same little town back in Nova Scotia. Dave has been there to kick me in the ass time and time again to make sure I push myself. A huge thanks goes out to Mr. Brosha, for inspiration and a push to keep going.

Ryan Muirhead. A film photographer who really makes me look at photography in a student/teacher role. Ryan’s work, which is shot in natural light, always has such beauty to it, leaves me wondering how he captured and composed each frame. He’s had a huge influence on me.

The list could go on..

Q. What motivates you to continue to take photographs?

A. The love of creating. It’s a compete addiction. If I’m not shooting, I end up with separation anxiety from my camera. Every day I see something I want to shoot, pushing myself to shoot better than what I shot in the past. There’s no shortage of inspiration for me. It’s everywhere.

Q. Why did you agree to participate in The Birthday Book Project?

A. Fellow Collaborator Lori Maloney told me about the project and the first thing I thought to myself was “What an incredible experience to be a part of. Collaborating with amazing artists and meeting new people through such an interesting project. I’d love to be a part of that.” Lori mentioned my name to Camila and well. . Now you’re listening to me ramble on.

Q. What do you expect to accomplish through your participation in The Birthday Book Project?

A. Learning!! About myself, about the people I get to photograph and about the other collaborators. To produce a finished product that everyone is proud of and the journey that we’ve set out on. I’m really looking forward to the memories and stories I’ll have from this project!