16 pics from ’16: NixonsCan top #photos from 2016

Jeanette aka Katarina, from League of Legends at the Calgary Expo, May 1, 2016 © J. Ashley Nixon

Jeanette as Katarina, from the League of Legends at the Calgary Expo, May 1, 2016
© J. Ashley Nixon

As another year is about to close it gives me the opportunity to post a selection of photos from the past 12 months. As with the previous three years, I have collected a set that recognizes the number of the passing year: 16 images are here for 2016. The featured photographs come from Canada, England, Peru and the USA. You can view the collection here together with comments and links back to some of my blogs from 2016. You can view my photo selections for previous years here for 2015, 2014 and 2013. I have also posted the series as a gallery on my photo website J. Ashley Nixon.

January/February: A lost glove on a bleak, bitterly cold bench looking across the frozen water of Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary. I was there to meet an assignment for The Photography Institute, part of a Diploma of Professional Photography, which I successfully completed in Spring.

Glove on bench. Glenmore Park, Calgary Feb 1, 2016. © J. Ashley Nixon

Lost glove, frozen bench. Glenmore Park, Calgary, Canada, Feb 1, 2016.
© J. Ashley Nixon

March: I was in Vancouver to shoot the HSBC Canada Rugby Sevens tournament at BC Place. The New Zealand All Blacks won Round 6 of the international circuit in an exciting against South Africa.  Featured here is the game between USA and Fiji, the best-supported team over the weekend and later on, world champions of rugby 7s when it became an Olympic sport in Rio.

2 on 2. Fiji's Jasa Veremalua makes it to the try line despite Ben Pinkelman's superman heroics for USA in the HSBC Rugby Sevens at BC Place, Vancouver. © J. Ashley Nixon

2 on 2. Fiji’s Jasa Veremalua makes it to the try line despite Ben Pinkelman’s superman heroics for USA in the HSBC Rugby Sevens at BC Place, Vancouver.
© J. Ashley Nixon

April: After many years working directly for Shell, I was back in Detroit, one of my favourite cities, this time hired to photograph the Shell Eco-marathon. Over a hundred university and high school teams from across North and South America were competing to make their own designed and built vehicles to be the most fuel efficient in a downtown circuit around the Cobo Center and Woodward Avenue.

An engineering student from the Inter-America University of Puerto Rico preparing her team's vehicle for the Shell 2016 Americas Eco-marathon in the Cobo Center, Detroit, USA

An engineering student from the Inter-America University of Puerto Rico preparing her team’s vehicle for the Shell 2016 Americas Eco-marathon in the Cobo Center, Detroit, USA © J. Ashley Nixon

May: I had the pleasure of meeting up with Stan Lee at the Calgary Expo. He told some thoroughly entertaining stories about his life and career with Marvel. During the weekend, thousands of cosplayers displayed their costumes and role-played their favourite characters from books, comics, and films. One of those was Jeanette from Calgary, taking on the menacing side of the character Katarina from the League of Legends (see opening photo above). My photo book on the Cosplayers of Calgary is under production.

Stan Lee telling stories with host, Dan O'Brien on stage at the Calgary Expo 2016. © J. Ashley Nixon

Stan Lee telling stories with host, Dan O’Brien on stage at the Calgary Expo 2016.
© J. Ashley Nixon

June: A chorus of thunderstorms, rain and hail didn’t stand in the way of music lovers getting out to the clubs and pubs of Calgary on a Friday night, June 24. I was at the Ship and Anchor on 17 Avenue to shoot The Flatliners, Big Knife/Little Knife and Night Committee. Three of many bands that I photographed over the weekend’s Sled Island festivities in CowTown.

Chris Cresswell and Jon Darbey of The Flatliners at The Ship & Anchor during the 2016 Sled Island Music Festival in Calgary, Alberta, Canada © J. Ashley Nixon

Chris Cresswell and Jon Darbey of The Flatliners at The Ship & Anchor during the 2016 Sled Island Music Festival in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
© J. Ashley Nixon

July: Three days before the photograph below was taken, my Dad passed away. I thought long and hard about a tribute to him before steering towards an image of one of Yorkshire’s many landscape beauties: Malham Cove. The limestone presents geological challenges to potholers and climbers, myself among them in my Scouts and student days.  Ever onwards and upwards.  Miss you, Dad.

Rock climber on the limestone face of Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales National Park, Yorkshire, England. July 8, 2016. © J. Ashley Nixon

Rock climber on the limestone face of Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales National Park, Yorkshire, England. July 8, 2016.
© J. Ashley Nixon

August: I made it back to Peru in August to continue with preparations for a book on sustainability (food, energy and water) in the country. This trip focused on the north, from Chiclayo on the coast to Jaen, up and over on the eastern side of the Andes to visit sugarcane, rice, coffee and cocoa growing areas. It also coincided with the opening of William’s international rugby career as a member of the Peru U18 men’s team playing against Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, and Venezuela.

José has been a fisherman in Huanchaco, Peru for 52 years. Now, he builds the traditional boats used daily in the Pacific Ocean. I spent a while with him as he constructed a “Caballito de Totora” from reeds grown locally.

José constructs a reed fishing boat, Caballito de Tora in Huanchaco, Peru. © J. Ashley Nixon

José constructs a reed fishing boat, Caballito de Totora in Huanchaco, Peru.
© J. Ashley Nixon

Vincente has been cutting sugar cane for about ten years in the plantations around Cartavio in northern Peru. Hard, not sweet work. This photo was taken on World Photo Day during an assignment in Peru for a book on sustainability in food, energy, and water.

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Hard, not sweet work. Vincente cutting sugarcane on a plantation near Cartavio, Peru. © J. Ashley Nixon

Alonso, a local surfer jumped off the pier at Pimentel, Peru into the sun and the Pacific Ocean. This image was taken on August 25, as a tribute to the life of Natasha Rose Gould. Natasha, age 12, and a close friend of my daughter was diagnosed with DIPG brain cancer in May 2015.  She passed away on August 4, 2016.

Alonso, a local surfer, jumps off the pier at Pimentel, Peru into the sun and the Pacific Ocean. Aug 25, 2016. © J. Ashley Nixon

Alonso jumps off the pier at Pimentel, Peru into the sun and the Pacific Ocean. Aug 25, 2016.
© J. Ashley Nixon

William Nixon (Calgary Canucks) was in action for Peru at the South America U18 rugby tournament, Chiclayo. In this week-long tournament, Peru played against Colombia, Mexico, and Venezuela as well as two friendly games versus Ecuador.

William Nixon (Calgary Canucks) in action for Peru at the South America U18 rugby tournament, Chiclayo, Peru, Round 2: Peru vs Mexico. © J. Ashley Nixon

William Nixon (Calgary Canucks) in action for Peru at the South America U18 rugby tournament, Chiclayo, Peru, Round 2: Peru vs Mexico.
© J. Ashley Nixon

September: With more time teaching at Mount Royal Univerity (MRU), I took on several events to photograph. One was a gig by Mother Mother played outdoors in the majestic campus ampitheatre.

Molly Guldemond, vocals and keyboard with Mother Mother performing at Mount Royal University, Calgary. © J. Ashley Nixon

Molly Guldemond, vocals and keyboard with Mother Mother performing at Mount Royal University, Calgary.
© J. Ashley Nixon

A second was the crazy, fun and colourful Colour U Blue event that has become an established way of welcoming new students to the university @mountroyal4u

Colour U Blue at Mount Royal University (MRU), Calgary, Canada. A colourful way to introduce new students to the university. © J. Ashley Nixon

Colour U Blue at Mount Royal University (MRU), Calgary, Canada. A colourful way to introduce new students to the university.
© J. Ashley Nixon

October: My featured photo for October is also from MRU. Here is a try scored by MRU in their game versus UBCO at the Lincoln Park campus, Calgary.

Try scored. Mount Royal University (MRU) versus UBCO (Okanagan) in Calgary, Canada. © J. Ashley Nixon

Try scored. Mount Royal University (MRU) versus UBCO (Okanagan) in Calgary, Canada.
© J. Ashley Nixon

November/December: In early December, the Calgary Girls Hockey Bantam 1 (White Hawks) team went to Canal Flats, BC for a tournament against a couple of teams from Calgary and one from Montana, USA. They came away with a full win column and look forward to a return tournament in Montana in January.

Calgary Girls Hockey Bantam 1 (White Hawks) celebrate a goal in a tournament at Canal Flats, BC, Canada. © J. Ashley Nixon

Calgary Girls Hockey Bantam 1 (White Hawks) celebrate a goal in a tournament at Canal Flats, BC, Canada.
© J. Ashley Nixon

Thanks for taking a look. All the best for the new year of 2017.

J. Ashley Nixon Photography

 

 

 

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World-travelled ecologist interested in energy, food & water challenges, photography, poetry and music.
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