Veni, Vidi, Cepi
(I came, I saw, I captured)
Written by Clayton Reitzel, IACC Member
Lloyd has been an active member of our Club for about three years.
He got his start in photography some years before by way of a Kodak Instamatic camera.(We all know how long ago that was.) Inspired by that simple start, he enrolled in a Visual Communications class in high school where he gained a solid foundation in photography.
Lloyd's primary interest in photography is most often about the people or events that are happening in his life. This was the basis of his presentation. The first part was showing images from all parts of his life that were important to him, and the second part was a showcase of a recent Land Rover trip, which is another one of his loves.
Lloyd’s first part of the presentation was an array of images of people, places and events that were meaningful to Lloyd. This included: shots of his daughters; their Celtic Ceilidh dance competitions and shows; their singing events; skateboarders on Keillor Road; family camping; candid shots of relatives; Aboriginal Pow Wows; and various places, such as the High Level Bridge and the streets of San Francisco.
The second part of the presentation was a collection of images from a recent trip along the treacherous Alexander Mackenzie Heritage Trail with his Alberta Land Rover Enthusiasts Club. The trip recorded events along the way that started somewhere in the middle of nowhere near Quesnel, British Columbia, and ended up 350 kilometers and seven days later in Bella Coola, British Columbia – much farther into nowhere. To name a few, the photos included perils, such as crossing rivers; winching through swamps; removing branches from undercarriages; changing numerous tires and wheels; repairing oil pans; removing trees; navigating over and under trees; travelling in darkness; setting up remote camps; and navigating embankments. Not sure why they call this a trail as it is not a trip for the faint of heart.
Photographs below ® Lloyd Ropchan
As well as images demonstrating the fun and frustration of the trip, Lloyd captured stunning shots of eagles, flowers, sunsets, lakes, rivers, and mountains.
Lloyd’s wilderness adventure inspired numerous questions after the slideshow, which he was pleased to answer for a full house of over 100 IACC members.
Lloyd brought along a display of his print images for attendees to view in more detail during the breaks.
Thanks Lloyd. It was truly a great ride. Keep it up!