#5 — THAT BALLROOM LIFE – Caitlin Cronenberg
This was taken at the Four Seasons Hotel, Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Of all the Cronenberg pictures to choose from in 2017, this seemed the most dramatic. She called it “That Ballroom Life” and added these hashtags: #setlife #la #losangeles #lax #mirror”.
Last year, Cronenberg did the cover for Drake’s album “Views“. More recently, she directed Hill‘s beautiful video for the song “On Camera”. Cronenberg discussed the process of making that video with Tanis Smither of EarMilk: “I think the way we did it was the coolest part. Basically I shot stills of Brenna doing all of her actions and dance moves, and then we printed those series of photos on paper, and Jon took photos of the pages being flipped and animated them. Then our amazing editor Kevin cut them to the beat. So there was actually no real video at all. Only stills of printed stills. I love it because all you see are the printed images, it is totally analog. All of the lighting effects you see were done in the original stills and then shown in the printouts. We even took advantage of the printer running out of ink to cause some cool effects.”.
#4 — CROWS ON SNOW – Walker Berg
In January, C.S.I. Walker Berg of the Portland Oregon Police Bureau looked out of a window on the 12th floor of the Justice Center to see that trees freshly covered in thick white snow were also covered in thousands of crows. He snapped this picture of the trees which were lit from below by street lamps. (The photo was taken with a Nikon D-700, ambient light, aperture mode, F16.) The Portland Police Department shared the image dubbed “Crows on Snow” on Facebook and Twitter where it quickly went viral. It has been impossible to locate a picture of the photographer.
#3 — PAU-A-PIQUE – Ipadive
This was posted to Instagram by Ipadive (Adriana Berti Costa & João Pedro Costa) of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and it is unknown which of them actually took the picture. The accompanying text was: “Simple house. Simple life. ‘Pau-a-pique’ – a type of house building in the Pati Valley, Bahia, Brazil. Families that live with the basics and absolutely connected with the environment. Do not underestimate your ability to live with less, because it brings greatness to the human being.”⠀
Ipadive believes that being in the sea can transform people, connect them back to nature, bring them better health, and that diving and sailing can cause people to face things with greater patience and tranquility.
#2 — TREE ON THE LEFT – April Mullen
April Mullen takes the most marvelous black and white photos. This bleak and wintry scene was captured last January while she was preparing to direct episodes 2.5 and 2.6 of WYNONNA EARP. The building appears to be the barn on the Earp homestead.
Recently, Mullen was in Mexico City to shoot a second season episode of Bravo’s IMPOSTERS. After returning, she posted a picture (above right) on Instagram, and wrote: “This Mexican stole my heart…El Perro welcome to Canada ! Look at him smilin’ #dogsmirk #rescuedog #setlove”
Her latest feature, BADSVILLE, is currently showing in select theatres in the U.S.
#1 — ON THE ROAD – Jeff Teravainen
This was taken near Orono, Ontario (between Toronto and Oshawa), and the literal title is his, not mine. There are several photos on Teravainen’s instagram that might have made it onto this list. This one was chosen because – well, I’ve never seen anything like it before.
Teravainen was Lieutenant Anders in seven episodes of SyFy’s DARK MATTER. (Lt. Anders has a considerable fan following. “Anders Lives” t-shirts are still available on Redbubble.) He is also FBI Agent Stack on 12 MONKEYS. Between the two shows he starred as Daniel Miles, the abusive husband of Sarah (Alex Paxton-Beesley) in the Lifetime Movie THE PERFECT SOULMATE.