Northern Exposure - Scotland by Jamie Gallant

Greetings everyone, it has been a little while. I always loath when someone features a journal or blog on their site yet never updates it. And here I am 11 months on since my last entry.

I’ve been a busy boy however, landing an amazing new job this year in the outdoor industry with Outward Bound, developing my personal growth and skills in the out of doors where my passions lie. I recently got a month break and packed my gear to head off to a place I have heard ancestral stories of and wanted to visit since my childhood - Scotland. The landscapes, coasts and mountains of the Western Highlands and Hebrides did not disappoint. Here are 9 of my favorite shots from our trip up north.

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"Dream Jobs" by Jamie Gallant

Ever wonder what drives someone to work night shifts? Jobs that could be as detrimental to your health as say - drinking alcohol? Or that visibly ages you to look 10 years older than you actually are? I did. So together with co-director Vern Cummins and DoP Joe Rixon, I’ve been shooting a documentary series this past month for TVNZ OnDemand profiling individuals who lurk in the shadows, that yawn in the face of 3a.m., and that sacrifice their nights so we can better get on with living out our days.

The idea started simply enough, but where it took us may surprise you. We hope so at least, otherwise what was the point of putting ourselves through this? Stay tuned and in the meantime, here are some behind-the-scenes shots from our first night shift.

Trying to stockpile some extra Zzz’s at a public park off the highway.

Trying to stockpile some extra Zzz’s at a public park off the highway.

This included some creative problem-solving to the issue of daylight.

This included some creative problem-solving to the issue of daylight.

Hot (cold) Camera at 10pm

Hot (cold) Camera at 10pm

Midnight

Midnight

2 a.m.

2 a.m.

Sunrise, a welcome sight after 10 cold hours of darkness and consequently, a beautiful perk of working the night shift.

Sunrise, a welcome sight after 10 cold hours of darkness and consequently, a beautiful perk of working the night shift.

Waiting on that much needed shot of vitamin D

Waiting on that much needed shot of vitamin D

And finally… the crew a little bleary-eyed the next morning… Click to scroll over.

On the hunt for bugs. by Jamie Gallant

Growing up as a kid on a small sandbar meant the ocean was never far from sight. Our local fisherman were a source of pride for us and a popular focal point for tourists in towns such as Chatham, on the elbow of Cape Cod. On a recent visit home, I got the chance to step off the pier and onto the boat with my childhood friend Zack and his cousin Ben as they set off in the pre-dawn light to capture one of the areas most famous exports - Lobsta’!

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Thanks to Ben Bergquist and Zack Buckley of F/V Saga for letting me get in the way for the day.

Exploring one of Coromandel's gems by Jamie Gallant

For a region of New Zealand best known for its beautiful beaches, the Coromandel sure has some magnificent peaks. Case and point - the Pinnacles in the Coromandel Forest Park. Setting off at 5:30am from Auckland, my wife and I travelled two hours east, zig-zagging up pristine rivers and through dense forest only starting to slip out of its morning blanket of fog. 

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As we climbed through the forest and along the ridge line the weather continued to clear and we were left with some stunning views. Looking out towards the coast, soaked in the sunshine, it was easy to forget for a moment that it was still the dead of winter. 

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Interested in visiting the Pinnacles? It's an easy 2hr drive from Auckland and can be hiked in a day (6-8hrs) or better yet you can overnight in the recently renovated hut just an hour below the summit. Visit DoC's website for more details on this hike and others in the area here

Welcome to the new site! by Jamie Gallant

This has been both overdue and really rewarding to put together. Overdue because those who know me know I get borderline militant over setting aside time to shoot outdoor content, and rewarding because it gave me the chance to go over and select some of my favorite shots from the past few years. While Instagram is a great tool for networking, I've found it fleeting when it comes to sharing my best work. I might have lost a toe to get that shot for all you know (I hadn't...), and within 3 days it'll be buried in the feed, or trumped by someone wearing a felt hat standing beside a roadside vista. So while I will still be on it posting #inspo, I hope this website and blog reflect a more permanent exhibition of some of my work. 

Here's a little gem I uncovered while putting this website together.

Enjoy, and feel free to let me know what you think.

Helming a 17th century Nordlands boat off the northern Norwegian coast while on assignment for Islands Magazine in February 2014.

Helming a 17th century Nordlands boat off the northern Norwegian coast while on assignment for Islands Magazine in February 2014.