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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 features that delve into the human element of the outdoors, 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.

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Features

How to Fix it

"This is not about how to fix a bike. There have been countless books and posts on the subject, and for me to try and teach you how to fix a bike would be futile. I'm by no means good at it, and there are better teachers out there. This is more about how fixing a bike can fix other things at the same time. Our world is kind of going to shit, and we need to find some ways to fix it. I think working on bikes definitely helps."

We need to start fixing things

"Planned obsolescence happens when a company deliberately gives its products a limited lifespan. It is most common in the telecommunications industry. For example, a certain cellphone company can release a phone in 2011, and by 2014 it is impossible to update this phone, making it effectively obsolete. The phone can physically take the upgrade, but the software is written explicitly to make it impossible after a certain number of years. Once a person’s phone is no longer able to take updates, they decide to go buy a new one, often from the same company, making them more money."

Coffee Outside

"'I think this is as good a spot to stop for coffee as any.' Chris said as we crested a surprisingly bald hill in Elk Island National Park. The early winter sky was an angry grey and we could hear the wind as it made its way through the trees to our hill. We parked our bikes against some burnt out logs and I pulled out the fixings for coffee. We made a wind block out of our backpacks and our bodies, assembled the camp stove and coffee maker and tried lighting the gas with numb fingers. Finally it caught and we waited for the coffee to boil."

Profiles

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

Troy Donovan

"“The rules are: watch your head and don’t touch anything.” Troy Donovan led me down a cavern of coping and electrical equipment. We were in the back room on the top floor of MacEwan University, heading to the door up to the roof of the building. “I’ve got Benadryl and sting ointment in here if you need it.” The door opened to the sunny snow-covered roof and we stepped out into the cold. In the corner of the roof was a box covered in a black tarpaulin. That was all it was."

Miles Iverach

"Miles has a history with BMX. He started out as a sponsored racer for a shop in Sherwood Park, AB. After a bad crash, he experimented with a more laid-back riding style. He's been riding freestyle BMX for years now."

Photography

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.

All photos taken with a Konica Minolta Dynax 404si, 28-80 f/3.5-5.6

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.

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.

All photos taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T5i, 24mm f/2.8

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

Zeitgeist

We were asked to take a photograph of what we considered to be the Zeitgeist, or "spirit of the times". I wandered around my neighbourhood and found a flooded playground with islands of garbage floating around the play structures. This shows the disregard people have for the environment, as well as the massive clean ups that occur when the snow melts away to show a winter's worth of waste.

All photos taken with a Canon Rebel t5i, 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6

Some other options for this assignment were this shot of the Brewery District construction site, showing a city constantly under construction and showcasing its ever-changing face.
I was also considering this photo, representing the combination of greenery and city living that is rare in the westernized world. Edmonton has a very lush green space, yet even from the semi-tranquility of enforced nature no matter where you look is the brutalist architecture of the city.
Another version of the chosen photo. This one shows the playground through the reflection of the water, giving it a kind of dream-like quality.

Portrait

This image is the result of an assignment to create an image for a magazine cover. I was inspired by Highline Magazine's Winter 2014/15 issue and wanted to recreate the feeling of adventure and the aesthetic quality of the image.

All photos taken with a Canon Rebel t5i, 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6

This was the original photo submitted for the 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

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.

All photos taken with a Canon Rebel t5i, 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6

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.

Bicycle Photography

Bike photography is one of the staples of the cycling media world. Major components are photographed, as well as the general feeling of the bike. In these photographs, I tried to capture the personality of the bike with the setting, the angles and the manner of composition.

All photos taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T5i, 24mm f/2.8

The entire bike, photographed drive side out to showcase the drivetrain.
Focusing on certain components brings out the attention to detail in the build.
Component details.

Action Photography

Another element of sports photography is action shots. A good action shot incorporates the athlete, the setting and the light of the area.

All photos taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T5i, 24mm f/2.8

A white backdrop and some golden-hour sunshine allowed me to capture this image of the rider at the peak of his trick. The fast shutter speed allowed me to freeze him in time at the top of a "black rainbow"
The rider's colourful clothing stood out against the drab background. He seems to pop against the concrete slabs as he hops over the stairs.
The bright sunlight in this shot allowed me to capture the rider's movement in time. The buildings provide a kind of frame for him and they direct the eye to him mid-360.

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.

All photos taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T5i, 24mm f/2.8

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.

Multimedia and Design

Business Card

These are my designs for my 2016 Dirtbag Cycles business card.

A preliminary design without icons or the company name. I also lightened the photo in the final product.
The reverse of the business card.

Logo Design

Dirtbag Cycles logo design prototypes and finished product.

Coloured with border.
No colour with text.
Coloured without border or text.

Web Design

Web design for Fort St. Cycle in Victoria, BC.

Brand Showcase.
Labour rates.

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