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He points out that he has
spent 36 years getting to know the ins and outs of the province’s beautiful
forests, which is a huge selling feature for his clients.
But Lorence stresses that he
doesn’t just capture professional riders making 60-foot drops – beyond
the hardcore mountain bike scene, he uses his lens to capture other things,
whether it be trail running or a Toyota Tacoma ad in Whistler.
Though he’s based out of
Vancouver now, Lorence has some strong ties to Whistler. He grew up skiing
here, and spends a lot of time shooting throughout the Sea to Sky region.
He recently did a shoot with
Gary Fisher Bikes, which reinforced how much the province has to offer in the
way of diverse natural surroundings.
“We had five days to do 11
different bikes for their catalog, and…day one we were in Pemberton, up getting
Mount Currie in the background, right through to shooting the sickest forest
shots in Squamish… and then on the last night we were in Merritt, up in the
Nicola Valley, up in the rolling grassland hills there with the firing sunset,”
Within three hours, they were
able to access some dramatically different scenery.
“I’m not planning on moving
anytime soon,” Lorence said with a laugh.
That said, his career has
taken him all over the world. He’s been to Morocco, Africa, the Canary Islands,
Hawaii, and other countries to shoot. Right now the world wants to see B.C., so
he has the option to stick close to home.
For the month of August,
beginning this Saturday, Lorence will be exhibiting a wide range of his work at
the Blake Jorgenson Gallery in Whistler.
“It makes me feel pretty
fortunate to have Blake give me the call to be one of the people that gets to
be in his gallery,” Lorence said, “That’s obviously an honour, being alongside
him, because I certainly respect his work and what he does.”
He has selected pieces that
he hopes will appeal to the diverse crowd that frequents Whistler, not just the
hardcore mountain bike industry professionals — showing new work
alongside shots from the beginning of his career, and showcasing B.C. and other
places photography has taken him over the years.