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Marc Kitteringham Writer / Photographer / Cyclist / Climber / Dirtbag

My name is Marc Kitteringham, and I'm a dirtbag.

I've spent most of my life outdoors. Things like dirt, wood, trees and water keep pulling me back out. I am always looking for the next excuse to get outside and be where I am most comfortable. To do this, I've begun building a career around telling stories about the outdoors and the people who spend their time there.

My skills as a journalist—including research, editing, photography, photo editing, video editing, writing, publishing and design—are tools which help me tell these stories. I am interested in writing and publishing stories that delve into humanity, showcasing the everyday people who create such rich and vibrant communities. I believe I would be an excellent addition to your team by helping to shed light on those who would go unnoticed and building a strong community.

In the end, we're all dirtbags.

~

Features

Digging Through the Trash

“Would you like a fork with your food?”
She smiled as she handed me my takeout box holding a piece of chocolate cake I purchased at an event on Salt Spring Island. “It’s compostable, so you don’t have to feel bad.”

Island Cycling

I rode off the ferry dock in Sturdies Bay on Galiano Island with a vague plan. I was aiming to explore Galiano by bike, but first I wanted to find a beach somewhere and sit to have a cup of coffee.

To Feed a Community

It doesn't look like much in the spring, but soon enough, the wet and muddy fields in the shadow of Mount Maxwell will be bursting with enough food to feed a community.

Profiles

Pulling Through The Pain

Bonnie Reynolds was nowhere to be found.

The team from Salt Spring was competing in the 2018 Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association’s national competition in St. Catharines, Ont. when Reynolds, one of the senior girls on the team, disappeared somewhere on Henley Island. The small island holds nothing but the St. Catharines Rowing Club, and a small grove of trees. Eventually, with help from team members, coach Stacy Mitchell was able to track Reynolds down.

Island Group Buzzes With Activity

A Salt Spring-based non-profit group is working to promote resilience, sustainability and development by building a beekeeping and permaculture collective in Haiti.

In late 2012, David MacDonald and Brian Coombs travelled to Haiti to help with relief efforts following the 2010 earthquake that devastated the Caribbean country. While their first trip was to help deliver food to those in need, they would return with a way to have a more lasting impact on both the people and the environment in Haiti.

Thomas Hutlet

"In the end, what it comes down to is attitude. Hutlet has never let his success get to him and has stayed humble throughout his growth in the industry and the Central Alberta music scene."

Photo by Crow Quill Productions

news

Vehicle Fire Slows Traffic

The Salt Spring Fire Department responded to a call for a vehicle on fire at the intersection of Cusheon Lake Road and Fulford-Ganges Road on Wednesday morning.

Islanders Rally Against Kinder Morgan Project

A healthy-sized crowd of Salt Spring Islanders gathered in Centennial Park on Friday to add their voices to those opposed to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline project.

Salt Spring Commons Project Funding Announced

Salt Spring Island Community Services, along with the provincial Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Capital Regional District, broke ground on the Salt Spring Commons project Tuesday morning.

Housing Advocates Rally At Trust Office

Over 100 people gathered at the Islands Trust office on Friday morning to speak out about the ongoing housing crisis on Salt Spring.

Photography

News

News photography is the most important job for a photojournalist. The photos must clearly add to the story and must convey information to the reader while being creative and proficient. Photojournalism to me is one of the most exciting and enticing forms of journalism, and creating beautiful visuals is a large part of what I try to do.

Sometimes news happens when you least expect it. This fire broke out right as the paper was going to deadline. I dropped everything and quickly attended the scene, black smoke and explosions forced myself and onlookers to take cover as emergency crews arrived.
MLA Adam Olsen speaks to a crowd at a groundbreaking ceremony for a local housing project. The contrasting light made him stand out from the darkened audience.
This accident scene made me think on my feet as I walked through the ditch to get the shot.
It is important to remember the people behind the stories as they are an integral part of the news. A local advocate demonstates the difference between water pipes needed to open the island's laundromat.

Features

Feature photography is where the photographer can extend themself and explore more creative ways of storytelling. Features allow me to get deeper with my subject, whether that is an event, person or issue.

Features are all about the people involved. Rallies and protests are great for photos as they show the raw emotion of the people involved in important causes.
A beekeeper from Haiti learns at the farm of a local beekeeper. Feature photography allows the reader to get involved in the story and to get to know the subjects.
Community journalism is about the community. Local people help bring a ceremonial WSANEC canoe to the water for its maiden voyage. The boat was borne on the hands of the people who worked on it.
Feature photography also helps the reader dive deep into the issues that affect us all. A "biodgradable" plastic fork that made it through nine months in an industrial composter exposed how we dispose of alternative plastics.

Sports

Good sports photos can transform the story. A game report with a photo of a team hard at work on the field can bring the audience deeper into the story, giving them more than simple words can.

Rowing training. I was invited onto the local rowing team's follow boat, giving me a unique vantage point to shoot the exciting sport.
Capturing motion is essential to sports photography. The rider's bright clothing allows him to stand out against the background, and the height above the ramp is clear.
Capturing motion also means showing speed. The rider accelerates after a long climb, trying to catch the others ahead of him.

Portrait

Portraits are personal and deep expressions of individuality. They explore who the subject is by giving them context, and show a side of the person that goes beyond the text.

This was the original photo submitted for an assignment. I chose it because I gravitated to the way that the natural element was highlighted, giving the subject a feeling of being within nature and blending into her surroundings.
Another photo up for consideration. This one captures her eyes quite well.
Another close contender for the assignment: I did not choose this one simply because I thought the final image suited her personality just a little bit more.

Photo Essay

Photo essays are among photojournalists' most exciting tools. They bring the viewer along for a ride, guiding them through the various scenes and images in a person's life and showing them the truth behind the subject in a way single images cannot.

These shots are from a photo essay detailling the life of a farmer in the pre-season preparation phase. As soon as the snow begins to melt, farmers are getting ready for the long growing season by preparing equipment, selling last year's grain, visiting auction sales and doing everything they can to be ready for seeding.

Looking over the line of trucks at auction, he pauses for a smoke. Every year auction sales like these precede the start of the farming season.
The cab of a pickup truck is a second home to many farmers, often driving long distances to their crops and neighbouring communities.
Pre-season maintenance: a time to get everything running and ready for the growing season. A break down mid-season is often catastrophic, leading to reduced yields and wasted crops.

Lifestyle

Canada's west coast is beautiful. I'm thankful to be able to live here and find some amazing shots with good people. I use the natural light in the area to desaturate my photos.

Waves crash onto Mystic Beach.
The view from Mt. Finlayson.
We found a swing.

Street

The street is a photographer's best friend. Many amazing photos of the 20th and 21st centuries come from the streets. The sheer diversity of street scenes adds to the mystery and excitement of going out and shooting.

The lines in the building take the viewer from the old warehouse to the new arena.
The woman taking a smoke break was staring fixedly at me, I chose to shoot her and the sign for the lonely bench together to create a kind of dichotomy.
Darth Fiddler is one of the many characters out in the streets.

Film

As I was discovering photography, my family took a roadtrip down to the United States. All I had was a 35mm SLR camera and I used around 10 rolls of film throughout the trip.

I shot in both Black and White and Colour. This is from Seattle using a Konica Minolta Dynax 404si. The lens is a 28-80 zoom lens with a 1:3.5-5.6 aperture.
I developed my landscape photography, as well as my camera skills on this trip.
The film forced me to carefully compose my shots, teaching me to frame and compose within the camera before pushing the button.

Multimedia

Dan Mangan: Live at Fulford Hall

On January 20, 2018, Dan Mangan and Gordon Grdina played an intimate show for Salt Spring Island. It was Mangan’s second time playing on the island, where he has family ties. The show was wonderfully laid back, letting Mangan’s songwriting and Grdina’s musical talent shine through.

No Direction Home: The Faces of the Housing Crisis on Salt Spring Island

The island is in the middle of a housing crisis that is severely affecting the lower and middle class population. Working people with families are living in housing limbo and are being forced to leave the island they love while housing projects stagnate in bureaucracy. Rising property prices are not helping the situation and a 0% vacancy rate is preventing working class people from finding homes even on a temporary basis. This crisis is hollowing out the island by limiting the housing options for people who provide essential services and who make up the backbone of the community.

This story won silver in the 2019 BCYCNA Multimedia Feature category

Windstorm Map

The massive wind storm caused damage all over Salt Spring. Photos from across the island are mapped below, with more detailed photos in the slideshow.

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